How many times have you claimed you really want to lose weight and get fit? We’ve all said that we want to get serious about losing weight, but tomorrow is always a better time to start. If you are ready, make a plan to follow and then choose a realistic date to begin. We’d like to share some advice that can make your journey easier. Here are some ideas meant to help you take your first step, and even start tomorrow...really.
1. Ask yourself why you want to lose weight. Is it because you don’t like what you see in the mirror? Is it because you want to fit into a particular outfit or clothing size? Do you want to lose weight because you can’t keep up with your husband or kids? Or are health issues the reason? Whatever your motivation, that can become your goal.
2. Write down your goal and put it in a place you see everyday. The reminder will boost your chances of getting to that place you want to be. According to Ashley Feinstein with Forbes/Women, “According to a study done by Gail Matthews at Dominican University, those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals. Who doesn’t want to accomplish significantly more?”
3. Remove all foods that can send you down a detour. Check your refrigerator, kitchen cabinets, and drawers. Ask yourself, after eating these foods, will I feel better or worse? Are these foods a trigger that can shot me off course? If the answer is yes, get rid of them. If the world were a perfect place, you could also eliminate all the processed and refined foods. However, that just isn’t very realistic. Discarding your trigger foods is more important anyway.
4. Think back to previous weight loss efforts you have made before. What are the issues that arose and caused you to fail? Remain aware of these issues and any others that will probably pop up. Have a plan ready in your mind to combat those problems so you will not be sidelined again. Be prepared.
5. Eating out has always been a problem when dieting. The best way to lose weight is by cooking your meals yourself. But who has the time to cook three home cooked meals everyday? Instead, schedule an afternoon or evening every week to prepare healthy snacks and meals. That way you’ll have planned your week’s worth of eating while saving money AND sticking to your diet.
6. Tell your best friends about your weight loss goals. Having people around you who value you and respect your intentions is a very valuable asset. According to Aleisha Fetters of Women’s Health, “You have to make sure the people you tell about your desire to lose weight are people you care about and care about you in a gentle way,” she says. For instance, when a server sets down a basket of bread on the table and you start biting your lip, which of your friends will respond by telling the server, “Thank you, but we don’t need any bread. Could you please take it back?” That’s the friend you should tell about your weight loss goals.
7. Set aside a specific time for whatever exercise you plan. Just as you would schedule your time around an important meeting or appointment, you need to treat your exercise time the same. If you just plan on getting your workout during your free time, chances are it’ll rarely or never happen. Who has free time anyway? So, there you have it, a real plan to start your on a weight loss journey. Set down with a pen and paper or planning book of some kind. Write down your goals and steps to achieve them and read them over frequently. Now when you say, “I’ll start losing weight tomorrow,” you’ll really mean it and be ready to do so.