Those pesky New Years Resolutions are here again. We make promises we know we will never keep. Or we make them and don’t have the tools we need to make them succeed. Are you in that boat this year? One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. The Health and Fitness industry makes millions on us every year. And more importantly, they want us to fail so we spend on our money with them next year.
For this year’s resolutions though, do you have 20-30 lbs to lose? Do you have 200 lbs to lose? Guess what, it IS possible. And I am here to help you succeed.
Before you read any further, let me state this emphatically. I have nothing to sell. What I write in this post is 100 percent free. I get nothing out of this except the knowledge that I might help one person.
So, are you asking yourself how you can succeed? Are you ready to the hard reality? Here it comes.
- Nobody can lose weight unless they are READY to lose weight. If you are starting a diet just because you think it is what you do at the beginning of the year, quite frankly, STOP. You won’t succeed. If you know in your core that you are ready to lose weight and get healthy this year, go for it! You got this. But, if you are doing it just for a check mark, stop. Don’t waste your money or your effort.
- You cannot lose weight for anyone. You need to lose weight for yourself. If the man you are with doesn’t like and respect you at 200 lbs, they will not like and respect you at 130 lbs. If your mom is going to be nagging you to lose weight, it is going to take the joy out of it and you will fail. You need to want this down to your innermost core. If you do, YOU GOT THIS!
- Do NOT compare yourself to others. You may see people posting that they lost 100 lbs in 6 months. And you may be wanting to do the same thing. Let’s face it, your body and their body are not the same. Your metabolism is not the same. You can’t expect your body to act in the same way.
- Set reasonable goals. Losing 200 lbs in a year, it’s unrealistic. Healthy weight loss is between .5 and 2 lbs a week. And just because healthy weight loss is 2 lbs a week, does not mean you will lose two pounds a week. When I set my weight loss goals I tend to stick to no more than 1 lb a week. Something realistic. This does two things for you. They are attainable so when you reach them, you know you accomplished something amazing. Secondly, you don’t get the blues because you did not make the goal you set.
- Find a plan that works for you. What works for me may not work for you. Listen to your body. One of the reasons I love WW is because I get to tailor my plan to me. I don’t have to eat prepackaged foods. I don’t have to eat only 20 things. I get to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. It works for me.
- Remember, one meal does not throw your weight loss. Let’s be honest. Typically, you eat 21 meals a week plus probably at least 7 snacks. If you go get a large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard from Dairy Queen, yeah, it might impact your scale the next week BUT, its what you do with those other 6 snacks and 21 meals that will make up what the scale says. If you fall, get right back on. Keep going. If you don’t, you will never get back on.
- That brings me to the dreaded one. “Oh, I don’t want to face the scale, I have gained so much this week.” Let me tell you, the best thing you can do is face that scale. Think of these two scenarios. You don’t know how much you actually gained. But, let us say you gain 4 pounds. Guess what, if you only lose 2 lbs the next week, it’s still going to look like a gain. The other scenario is you may not have gained as much as you think you did. If you think you gained 5 pounds and avoided the scale, but only gained 1, did you help yourself by avoiding the scale? No, you played the mind game and lost.
- Remember your WHY! Why are you doing this? Why do you want to lose your weight? Do you want to play with your grandkids? Do you want to travel the world and be able to get into airline seats without a seatbelt extender? Do you want to breath easier? That why is going to carry you through the hard times. Put reminders all over the house. WW gives out charms as we lose weight. I have my charms on my purse because every time I am out I am reminded of what I have accomplished. More importantly, I am reminded of what I don’t want to be anymore. So when I am at Buffalo Wild Wings, I am reminded of that and choose better options.
- Finally, and I think this is the most important, don’t set yourself up for failure with the mind games. When I started my journey, I had way to many pounds. I cannot reach that number. It is mind numbing and it makes me want to cry. It depresses me where I was and thinking about that huge number. But, guess what, I can lose 5 lbs. That’s it. I will worry about these five pounds and worry about the rest later.
Weight loss is a huge mind game. It has nothing to do with anything else. If you want to be healthier, you will eat healthier and work out. If your mind is not in the game, you will eat that Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s and then go through in the large fries.
Are you ready? If you are, then let’s get to it. You got this. You WILL succeed. And I am going to cheer you on!
The only endorsement I have made on my blog is for WW. I still highly encourage anyone trying a weight loss program to stay with WW. Mainly, because it will become a lifestyle and not a diet. In my opinion, diets don’t work. If you would like to join me on WW, just click on the link in the sidebar. If you do, we BOTH get a free month.
Lastly, if you are on a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey, let me know in the comments below. I would love to be praying for you and cheering you on from afar.