Do you want to lose weight?
Losing weight is easy keeping it off is harder. You have to make a commitment to change your life, so that you have a chance to lose weight and keep it off. It all starts with you. You have to decide that you aren’t going to binge eat, you have to decide that you wont eat chocolate in the morning, afternoon and evening. You have to decide that you want a better life, a better way of living.
Losing weight is easy but it is not a diet its a way of life. In order to lose weight and keep it off you have to change your lifestyle habits to something that you want to do for the rest of you life. It why diets don’t work so well for everyone. Someone could go on a diet lose 10 pounds then when that diet ends they go back to the way of eating before the diet and put those 10 pounds back on and then some. Been there done that, so what I’m saying to you is that if you want to lose weight its a life style change not a diet
How much do you want to lose?
Setting a number will give you a target to aim for, motivates you to keep going and will stay with you for life. The weight you want to be at is your comfortable weight and it will give you more confidence and make you feel better about yourself when you get there. But setting that goal here and now is what counts and making a consistence effort to achieve it.
Are you will to do what it takes?
Do you have to lose way or is it a should lose weight mentality. These are two very different ways of looking at the same problem. If you have to lose weight or must lose weight then you are willing to do anything even if it means getting up at 5am to go for a morning walk/jog before work.
If you are saying you should lose weight you are saying im over weight I should get rid of it but what im I going to do about it. Its like saying a pray without any faith.
You need to make sure that you are a must not a should getting started is never easy and you have to keep going even when you don’t feel like it. You need to make certain that your principles, the rules you live by are followed over your feels.
Will you be tempted to go back to you old patterns?
Its temping to eat a few more pieces of chocolate or one more cake. If you can’t change your lifestyle then there is no point in starting as you will waste your time. You need to throw away your old patterns your old behaviors as they haven’t done you any favors. IF you find you self reaching for that chocolate bar then you need to ask yourself why. Once you know why then you need to replace that habit of reaching for chocolate with something new. Like reaching for your favorite fruit.
Principles over feeling is a code of conduct that you set yourself so that you will always follow your principles no matter what. It doesn’t matter that you don’t feel like exercising today, your principles tell you that you exercise every day. You need to go shopping but you haven’t had lunch yet. Your principles tell you that you need to have lunch before you go shopping so that you don’t pick up any unnecessary food items.
So a healthier lifestyle starts with what ever story you keep telling yourself. Start with your behavior and what you keep doing that negatively affects you. Keep changing what you are doing so that it becomes positive and try to follow your principles over your feels every time. We all have set backs but what make people succeed or fail is how they deal with it. If they have a bad day and go off the rails with their diet a successful person will get back to their diet the next day. The past is the past learn from it and move forward. An unsuccessful person with turn one bad day into two, then a week, then a month and they keep repeating the same old patterns and never getting anywhere.