You want to lose weight. You want to get healthy. You are confused because there are so many options available and so many different experts telling you how to do it. Where do you begin?
Well, read through these 10 tips and you will be well on your way.
1. Set Various Goals
Losing weight might be the ultimate goal, but it shouldn’t be the only goal. You should set several goals that lead to the ultimate goal. Small incremental goals that when achieved automatically lead to the big one. Eat vegetables with every meal. Drink a gallon of water. Sleep 7 hours…each of these small daily goals will get you where you want to go and they show a complete sense of accomplishment, which has a powerful psychological impact.
2. Surround Yourself With Positivity
Surround yourself with positive people, eliminate negative aspects from your life and seriously look for the bright side of everything. An emotionally healthy environment makes it easier for you to shoot for your goals because you will feel the support and when you have ‘down’ moments or thoughts, positive people that are supporting you will prop you up. Get an accountability partner, preferably someone on the same journey.
3. Rethink Rewards and Punishments
Food is never a reward and exercise is never punishment. The idea that you should reward yourself with food is crazy. “I did 500 burpees this week so I can have dessert” is purely broken thinking. Food is energy and nutrients for your body, plain and simple. Put garbage in, you look like garbage. Exercise is one of the best forms of self respect there is. You are giving yourself the gift of good health and fitness, that is a reward for longevity, never punishment.
4. Meditate / Breath Deep
Taking a few minutes at the beginning of your day to sit quietly and clear your mind is a great way to gain focus on what really matters throughout the rest of your day. Deep breathing has a calming and de-stressing effect and combined with meditation has a powerful outcome.
While goals with a set date for achievement are vital, don’t get discouraged when you miss your goal. You didn’t gain the weight in a month, so stop thinking you’re going to lose it all in a month. When we look at a calendar we don’t see the long term picture that great health and fitness is a long term plan. It’s a lifestyle change that is more important. A 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a great kick start to your new lifestyle, but it doesn’t end on day 30…in reality that is just the beginning.
6. Identify Your Weak Spots
Identify the places, people and times that get you into trouble and stop or change them. If you have a friend that is crappy and negative all the time, move on…they aren’t going to help you or your mindset. If a particular restaurant has a dish that you love but you know is horrible nutritionally, don’t go there. If the evenings are troublesome for you and your health, be prepared with healthy snacks or change your routine completely so that you are busy during that time.
7. The Scale Is Not Your Friend
You tend to think of your weight as good or bad based on what the scale says. How you look and how you feel is far more important a better gauge of success. Are your clothes fitting better? Do you look thinner and feel stronger? Those are true measurements that go beyond numbers. Muscle weighs more than fat so as you drop the fat and increase lean muscle the changes won’t appear on the scale nearly as well as they will appear on your frame in the mirror.
8. Be Honest With Yourself
Don’t accept excuses or tell yourself, “It’s OK to have a cheat meal.” What is your goal? Think in terms of an employer. If you were paying you for the work you we’re doing would you accept less than the best? No, you would demand a better job day in day out. While you maybe hard on yourself you will become a better manager of your success and eliminate your failures.
9. Foods Are Good or Bad…Deal With It
Somewhere along the line, we’ve learned to feel either proud or guilty about every food choice we make and that is a good thing because it holds us accountable. We wouldn’t send our children off to school with a chocolate bar, bag of chips and a giant bottle of Coke because we know it isn’t good for them, yet we will do that to ourselves. Food is energy. Food is fuel. Food is nutrition. Crappy food gets you crappy results for energy, thought and performance.
10. Exercise Is Essential
Your body needs to be challenged. In the beginning, if you have led a sedentary lifestyle, a challenge might be for you to take a 20 minute brisk walk. GREAT!!! Do it. As your fitness improves, you can bring in greater challenges. Push-ups, sit-ups, weights can all be added to your routine as you get stronger and improve your fitness level. You might be intimidated by thought of going to a gym. No worries…you can gain an incredible fitness level right in your own home with just body weight exercises.
Losing weight is not hard from a physical stand point. It’s the mental challenge that kills so many good intentions. You need support and a plan for success.
If you are serious about making a wholesome change in your life, here is a great place to start.
My Breakthrough Academy – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge will set you up for a lifetime of success because we work on the physical improvements and also the mental aspect. You learn how to change. You learn how to stay on track. You end up with an ultimate breakthrough so that you never look back and you know how to stay fit and healthy for good.
Our family of #FitFriends are there to support you, encourage you and I’ll be there every step of the way with you!