So you want to lose a little bit of the weight that you've had building up. Nothing wrong with that, that's for sure. The problem comes on Christmas day when everyone gathers around the table to eat that huge Christmas dinner. It's certainly hard to say no to all that great food! You have the Christmas turkey of course, and then you have the stuffing, the yams, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and many other things that are just too numerous to count.

Once all is said and done you feel bloated, and you think you'll never eat again. You take your antacid tablet and lay down for a nap. But once the nap is over, it's time to get to work and make some changes in your life. How will you lose all that weight? It's a hard question, but hopefully we will be able to supply you with a few answers.

The first thing you need to do is sit down and make a promise to yourself. Tell yourself that you ARE going to lose this weight, and that you CAN do it. It's really not as hard as you might think! So what is the first step to achieving your goal?

The first thing that you will want to do is set a routine for yourself and stick with it. You might choose to get up at the crack of dawn and jog for a few miles, or you might just want to do a few sit-ups and push-ups in the morning. If you really want to, then you could join a fitness club or gym. Here you will find a personal trainer that will make it their mission to ensure you get into the best shape of your life and lose those extra pounds; this form of support can really help you to achieve your ultimate goals. If that doesn't sound good to you, then what would?

You will of course need to drop some of your old habits. These could include anything from eating chocolate to excessive drinking. Make sure you stay on a specific weight loss diet, and of course make sure that you are getting the recommended amount of exercise. Many people fall short when it comes to the exercise part. They say things like "Well I'll work out tomorrow!". Then tomorrow becomes the next day, and the next day, and...well...you get the picture.

Is sticking to it going to be easy? No. Did anyone ever say it was going to be easy? Probably not, but in any case having a strong will is important. If this is truly what you want, then there is no doubt that you will find a way to grab it soon enough. Even if this is the hardest thing you ever do, you will find a way, because in many ways your life and happiness depend on it. Enough talk now. Get underway and find a way to shed that weight. Diet, exercise, do whatever you have to do, and for crying out loud stop looking at that plate of leftover Christmas cookies!