Do you overeat? It may be that you overeat out of anxiety. Or perhaps you eat for comfort reasons. Whatever the reason is for your overeating, you can overcome the problem. Why not start right now?
Which Direction Are You Going In?
You are either growing with your goals, or shrinking away from them. Are you withdrawing from your challenges or meeting them head on with courage? If you aren't facing your weight loss challenge, you will shrink back. If you do face them you will feel accomplished.
Meeting your challenges takes boldness and that can be difficult. Don't expect it to be easy. In fact, meet your weight loss challenge with long-term determination. You will grow as a person by succeeding in this.
Celebrate Your Successes
It will take energy to achieve long-term weight loss. Having an accomplishment of this magnitude will take energy. Therefore, you cannot drag through the program you have selected. Face it and have some energy and excitement for it.
Do not make small of your successes. Celebrate and be proud of every step you have achieved regardless of how small it was. If you have patience you can accomplish all things. Most big goals are accomplished step-by-step, not all at once. That is how small things turn into big things.
Protect Your Dream
Talk alone will never get you to your dream. Have you ever heard the phrase, "full of hot air?" This phrase refers to people who are always boasting about what they are going to do but never achieving it. It is another way of saying "all talk and no action."
Think of your goals as little fragile birds. Protect your dream until it can grow larger. How will it grow stronger and more resilient/ It will through your own daily actions.
Decide the Method of Reaching Your Dream
This comes down to action. In the weight loss realm, this will involve finding an eating plan. Also, some regular type of exercise is usually recommended. Choose a sport or activity that you can perform reasonably well and already have an interest in. This is the mechanics of weight loss.
It is necessary to develop a sense of urgency about achieving your goals. You really cannot afford to wait any longer. If you are not actively pursuing your plan, you are likely going in the wrong direction toward weight gain for unhealthful living. Without a sense of urgency that you really must change now, you may continue to drift. Before you know it, you will be procrastinating and the dream will be gone.
Who Do You Want to Be as a Healthier Person?
Have you ever given any thought to who you would like to be? Your new super-fit persona can be riveting and inspiring to others. It is time to take charge of your presentation, your body and your life. It is for the benefit of your health, after all.
Decide to be a person of action. There are basically two kinds of people in the world: the kind who talk about what they are going to do and the kind who just quietly do it. The latter type show far more results in life. These are the kind of successful results that are desired by all.
Find a Program You Believe in and Start Now
Odds are that you already know something about weight loss plans. You have probably seen commercials, read articles and maybe even tried a program before. It is time to just pick one and get really serious about it. It won't get any easier by waiting.
It is not often spoken of, but you must love your goal. If you do not extend strong emotion to your vision, it will not come to pass. Think of your goal and feel the emotion of happiness. Let the joy in achieving your goal shine through.
Get Serious About Your Health
If you do not change your behavior, how will you lose weight? It does take a mental shift. You will also have to find some motivations. Become more committed. Becoming healthy cannot be a hobby, it really has to be a focus. Once it becomes the primary focus, then the results will begin to come. The problem of being overweight has to be eliminated as healthy eating behavior is put into its place.
Put together some short and long term goals. A big weight loss goal can seem very drastic and impossible to fulfill. Some feel they will never achieve the goal. A good way to set up the program is to have both short and long term commitments. The short term goals should be established so as to be simple to reach fast.
Use a Chart and Journal
Many people are greatly helped by having a chart up on their wall. This keeps your results before your eyes at all times. You could record pounds lost or inches lost. Another good tool is a weight loss journal. The journal is helpful for recording your thoughts and feelings.
You do need to exercise and there are many types of exercise. Some are more strenuous than others. Do you prefer to exercise alone or in a group? This is what you must decide. Are you truly committed to weight loss? Take data on your progress. It is even good to record days on which you fail to progress as it can provide insight into your behavior and motivation level.
Embrace the Changes in Yourself
Changing yourself is difficult and many think it is plainly impossible. Change happens in one split second of time, though. Really all it takes is a firm decision to change and then take action. People will be amazed at the difference in your life, so embrace change.
Get focused on healthy foods like vegetable dishes and light broths with low sodium. Planning ahead is important. If you don't plan ahead, you will be far more susceptible to temptation.
Who is your role model? Think about someone who really seems to "have it all together." Do they have trim physique? See if you can discover how they achieve it. No doubt it is through eating small portions of healthful foods and exercising. Model their behavior to get their results.
Also, get a mentor. Sometimes, it really helps to work with someone directly. One of the best ways to do that is to get a mentor and they could be a nutritionist, personal trainer or even an acquaintance who has been successful losing weight. You could even read biographies of admirable people for motivation.
Why not start right away? People who are successful get started right away with great energy. People who procrastinate do not succeed. Therefore, do something right away that is positive to help you succeed and lose weight. This simple action could be anything from making a salad to signing up to a weight loss program.
Realize that change is part of the process. Who do you look up to as having attributes that you desire? Obtain a mentor to help you and begin today so you can start to get great results now.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Buttonette985 on May 25, 2019:
Seeing the person that you want to be is such an excellent piece of advice. It is a total "quick start" tip.
Maria Acosta on May 25, 2019:
I think that it's important to stick with the process even after you make a mistake.
Amber Herd on May 25, 2019:
Small changes are key. We start to panic looking at the end goal, put pressure on ourselves and it snowballs from there.
FancyT on May 25, 2019:
I absolutely agree that changes begin in the mind and require a mental shift. I love how you put it that we need focus and not a hobby! I also love the idea that we need to love our goals. I've never thought about it like that before. I always kind of dread the process of getting to the goal.
Ashley Diggs on May 25, 2019:
I like your idea of using a journal. Often times, we get caught up in the action of doing something and not really reflecting about how we feel or the actions we take.
Keep up the good work.
Amber R on May 25, 2019:
This is such the truth. Try a to get healthy and slim down, then fall right back into the old ways. I believe treating ourselves will help to obtain the lifestyle instead of just the diet. Oh and love the idea of the journaling!
emeraldgirl on May 25, 2019:
I tried the strict regimented diet and it was a no go quickly.lol. I like the idea of breaking it down to something smaller and building gradually. Sometimes it can be daunting to look at the big goal. I constantly ask myself "how will I ever reach it?" But five goals of 5 lbs. each is more feasible than 1 goal of 25-30 lbs.
KimberlyRae74 on May 25, 2019:
I love your idea of celebrating success at small intervals throughout the process. This will help keep me motivated!