4 Tips for Becoming a Lifelong Loser

I hope your new year is off to a good start! We're 7 days into 2014, and you're probably kicking off their new health and fitness goals this week. 
Before you get too far along, here are a few tips that will make 2014 the year that you lose weight and KEEP IT OFF! 
1. Change your mind and your body will follow. To create a lasting physical transformation, you MUST begin with a shift in your mindset. Living a healthy lifestyle is NOT about deprivation, misery, and relying on willpower to get you through the day. If you're tired of "starting over", take time to do some soul-searching and find out what living a healthy life really means to you. Dig deep and ask: what do I REALLY desire for myself? You might be surprised by what you uncover. Your mindset determines your actions. Your actions determine your results.
2. Become a  visionary. Instead of being completely focused on calories, points, and carbs, create a vision of your BEST SELF.  Close your eyes and imagine the healthy, happy version of YOU. Step into the vision and start doing the things the healthy, happy you would do.  
3. Be balanced.  It's so tempting to cut all the 'good' food out of your diet, and carbs are you usually the first to go.  If this isn't your first time at the weight-loss rodeo, you know that it's almost impossible to maintain low carbs.  Severe carb-cutting leads to severe carb cravings. So, instead of taking your total carbs down to almost zero, start to eliminate processed foods with tons of excess sugar...those are the carbs to avoid. Fruit, whole grains, beans, and sweet potatoes are all part of a healthy, balanced diet.
4. Chase a feeling, not a number. You want to lose 20 pounds or go down a couple of dress sizes? Well, chances are, there's a feeling that you want to experience when you get to that goal. How do you want to feel everyday? Take 10-15 minutes to brainstorm some feelings then decide on your top 4 or 5. Write down what you will do each day to create those feelings. You can't find true happiness in a number on the scale, but you can make yourself FEEL good.
Stay tuned to my emails and videos every Tuesday morning because I've got some good stuff coming for you this year.  I want this to be YOUR year to get exactly want you want for yourself.  Let's do this together!
Here's to a healthy & happy 2014!