Lose weight… The mere thought of the process makes a lot of people cringe! I am going to feel deprived, I have to give up good food, I have to find time to workout…. Commitment! You have to be committed to a plan and stick to it!
Before you commit to a plan you need to find out if you are truly ready. Why? Because if you are not truly ready, you will NOT succeed. Don’t fail- ask yourself these 5 questions:
Why are you overweight to begin with?
Really thinking about this question and facing the problem head on is where you need to start. Reasons for everyone are going to be very different.
Toxic relationships with your family or spouse may be one. You are unhappy or depressed about something in your life and food is your “outlet”. Or it may be as simple as you like to eat and don’t know when to stop.
The commitment to losing weight and sticking with it is going to involve changing the reason you are this way in the first place. You need to be prepared to face the truth.
Why do you want to lose weight?
Basing your decision on near term events are not going to get you to your goal. After the occasion like a vacation, wedding or high school reunion- what reason do you have to keep going?
There is only one right answer to this question. YOU! You have to want to lose weight for yourself. No matter if it is so YOU can enjoy more activities with your kids. OR if YOU want to make sure that you live a long healthy life. You have to know why you are on this journey in order to stick with it in the tough times, think big!
Can I do this forever?
Eating healthy and being fit is forever. A diet has a start date and an end date. Losing weight and keeping it off has a start date, but no end date. It is a lifestyle that you need to adapt and commit to.
With a lifestyle change you have to be aware of your environment and make the best decisions in every circumstance.
Finding a support system will make this easier for you. A friend, family member, or a group
Find out if you are ready to start a weight loss program with this quiz:
Do you have short term and long-term goals defined?
Without goals there is nothing to work towards. Setting a long-term goal is the first step. Example: I want to lose 50 pounds in 1 year. This is a great goal, but you will be overwhelmed and lose motivation fast because it is so far out.
S.T.A.G- Short-term attainable goals will make your long-term goal easier to reach. Break your overall goal into monthly goals, or weekly goals.
Example: This week I will create a caloric deficit of 750 calories a day and walk 20 minutes every day so I lose a pound.
You can see how breaking the goal up over a shorter period of time will make the achieving the overall goal much easier. Win one day at a time. Be creative and have fun with it!
Do you have a plan?
You have to have a plan or you will never succeed. You cannot go into anything, especially a diet without having the necessary tools to start and keep with it.
The plan that you put yourself, or someone else puts you on is going to require food, exercise, tracking, and support. A complete plan that will have everything for you from eating, emotions and exercise…. Click here to learn about a plan to set you up for weight loss success
Write it down. Don’t keep it in your head. Writing down your plan helps crystalize it into reality. Track your progress honestly and daily. This will hold you accountable.
Start day- you have NO excuses to not do it. You are prepared.
Dieting is never easy for anyone. It requires that you put a lot of effort, time, and thinking into your everyday life. If you have thought through and really come to a realization that you need to transform your life you will succeed.
Author: Avril Baxter
Avril Baxter is a professional online personal trainer & weight loss coach. Avril is helping hundreds of people lose weight fast by being personally involved with each client for support in healthy eating, fitness workout videos, and continuous encouragement to help them reach their weight loss goals.