1. Health first, weight loss second
"It doesn't matter what you look like when you don't feel good. A great body is awesome, but it won't make you happy long-term unless your commitment to weight-loss is based in your happiness and health. People who have earned their body through hard work and dedication to long-term results are some of the happiest people I know, because their results are based on being centred in who they are, not what they look like."
— Lacey Stone, creator of the 8 WEEKS TO CHANGE program and trainer on E!'s Revenge Body
2. If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it
"That's my daily motto. I check in with myself every morning when I wake up — if I'm still thinking about the same thing, it's immediately my top of each day. Make your health a priority and you'll be surprised that you can make time, you can make a change, and you can see a difference!"
— Rebecca Kennedy, creator of RK Fitness, Nike Master Trainer, and Barry's Bootcamp Master Trainer
3. Have a simple, multi-week plan
"When you know what to do, it frees your mind up to focus on taking action. On the other hand, a lack of clarity almost always leads to a lack of follow-through."
— Adam Rosante, fitness and Nutrition coach and author of Super Smoothie Revolution
4. Work for long-term progress and not short-term glory
"There's a reason that most people put the weight back on after they go through a New Year's resolution: They aren't looking for long-term changes. Really focus on why you want to improve your health, not just what you need to do in the short term to make sure you meet your goals. This will ensure you're on the right track long after you ring in the New Year."
— Joseph Holder, Nike trainer and S10 trainer
5. Mindset is key
"Try not to think about what you're giving up to create positive change in your habits and/or lifestyle; it's about what you're gaining, whether that be more energy, more muscle tone, fitness friendships/community, more knowledge, etc."
— Kira Stokes, creator of The Stoked Method
6. Write your goal down somewhere you see it every day
"I like the bathroom mirror in lipstick or eyeliner. And phrase it with authority and confidence! 'I go to the gym three days a week cause I'm a [legend] and my body is a wonderland.'"
— Julia Lucas, Nike Run Club head coach
7. Find your tribe
"And love them hard! I'm all about the tribe... my fit fam is everything to me. They are a support system and they provide endless inspiration — laughs and positive vibes only!"
— Lauren Duhamel, Modelfit trainer
H/T Cosmo UK