Research from the University of Scranton says that about 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top two most popular resolutions are losing weight and getting organized.  My experience as a weight loss coach has taught me that these two goals are strongly linked. It is very difficult for people to lose weight unless they are able to bring more organization into their lives.

Before you throw your hands up in discouragement, please read on. The type of organization I’m talking about does not require cleaning out all your closets and cabinets—although  those changes can be extremely helpful. There are small steps you can take that will make a big difference.

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  1. Plan your meals. Pick 8 to 10 healthy recipes that you can rotate through for the next several months. Keep the list of ingredients for each recipe on your phone. You can type the list in or just take a picture of it. Then you will always have it with you.
  2. Have healthy snacks handy at home and at work. Having these available will make you less tempted to hit the vending machine or grab the bag of chips when the hunger pangs start.
  3. Plan when you will go to the grocery store and take a list. Look at the week ahead and decide what day works best with your schedule. Work from a list when grocery shopping, so you are not impulse buying. You will get in and out of the store much quicker and won’t get home and realize you forgot an essential ingredient.
  4. Schedule your workouts for the week. Just as with grocery shopping, review your calendar and decide in advance when is the best time to hit the gym or take a walk.  Treat your workouts like doctor’s appointments and don’t miss them. Outside of quitting smoking, exercising regularly is the number one thing you can do to improve your health and longevity.
  5. Prep your gym clothes in advance. If you are exercising first thing in the morning, having your gym clothes laying out where you can see them may serve as extra motivation. If you’re hitting the gym on the way to or from work, be sure to pack your bag the night before.

If you can follow these 5 tips for the next several months, I believe you will begin to see changes in your weight and your energy level.