Four Ways to Maintain Your Weight Loss Resolutions at Work

Okay, it’s that time of year again! Although the new year often brings along many resolutions with it, one popular one is weight loss, fitness and overall health. Since we spend so many hours of the day toiling away at work, there are a few quick tips to stay focused while you’re working on deadline.

1. Brown bag it. Stay out of the cafeteria. And the coffee station with stale yule log that’s somehow calling your name. In other words, brown bag it at first. Until you build up enough willpower to stay away from the snack machine or insert your vice here, it’s wise to pack your lunch and snacks ahead of time.

2. Replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones. This one sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Maybe you’re known for having a jar full of M&M’s at your desk? Although this may attract a lot of visitors throughout the day, you’re really not helping yourself. Although you may not be tempted to replace it altogether (grapes, anyone? Doesn’t have the same caché, right?), why not at least get rid of the tempting treats within your fingertips at first?

3. Go for a walk! The key to resolutions and setting any goal for that matter, is creating goals in small increments that may be measured and celebrated. Why not leverage your work day to at least get some steps in? Although a pedometer is certainly helpful, even if you don’t have one, no worries there. Give yourself a challenge such as setting a goal of walking for 20 minutes during your lunch time. It’ll be a much needed mental break as well so the 20 minutes may seem like a mini-vacation. Enjoy it and soon those 20 minutes can lead to 30 and even perhaps a 10 minute break in the middle of the day. Those minutes and of course, steps, truly do add up.

4. Enlist work buddies. If your colleagues have similar goals, why not keep each other accountable? If you have a buddy come by your desk every day at 1 p.m. no matter what to go for a quick walk, you’re probably less likely to blow off the opportunity to exercise. Also, co-workers can be great at calling you out. If it’s the admin assistant’s birthday for example and birthday cake is being served, if you don’t have the willpower, perhaps one of your colleagues will keep you in line and will remind you of your end goal.

In fact, some departments may be competitive and set up a Biggest Loser-type contest with weekly weigh-ins and prizes for the team who loses the most weight in the shortest amount of time.