RESEARCH shows that 44% of Australians have a goal to lose weight in 2014.
But Hervey Bay's Jeanette Maynes believes health and fitness should be a part of everyday life, not just as a new year resolution.
The personal trainer says every day was a perfect time for setting goals or starting fresh.
"Keep planning and keep achieving, it keeps the motivation flowing.
"Every day is a new exciting beginning, a change to change."
Ms Maynes said there was "no excuse" for recent statistics that ranks Queensland at the top of the obesity scales.
"When you talk about obesity everyone goes off their nut trying to justify it," she said.
"I think it time to start addressing the topic... people need to become accountable for their behaviours."
Ms Maynes said the key to achieving a healthier lifestyle was having a strong mind and 100% focus.
"Write it down," she said.
"You must clearly visualise in your mind that you have achieved the goal before you even start.
"Break it down into small steps that you can achieve each day.
"Exercise does change your life so make time for it in your routine - it really is worth it."
Anyone who wants to start fresh has the opportunity to take part in Ms Maynes' free 10km community challenge on Saturday, January 18, leaving from Enzo's to the Urangan Pier and back again.
"I support people to get out of their comfort zone and walk a little further than they usually would.
"It's all in the mind, anyone can walk 10km, the body does what the mind tells it.
"Once people realise that with a strong focused mind they can do anything, the possibilities in life are endless."
Ms Maynes has also written a four-week healthy eating and exercise program e-book, which is available at www.toughmutha.com.au /4-week-program/.
To find out more, visit www.jeanettemaynes.com.au.
Jeanette's top tips
- Do not let anyone distract you. Do not eat rubbish because someone tells you to. Explain to others you have a goal and will not stray from it. Remove or avoid anyone or anything that does not completely support and encourage your goal.
- Feel proud each day that each small step is a positive change to achieving your goal and inner happiness.
- Have a strong mind. The first three weeks of starting a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime will be the toughest. Forming a new habit takes about 21 days. If that habit is clean eating and exercise you have just created a habit that your body will be thanking you for the rest of your life.