With this journey that we take to better ourselves, it’s easy to find reasons why we want to lose weight and start out strong.  Of course it does help to sit down and write out a plan of action to prevent ourselves from stopping in the middle of our course.

First Things First

  • Find YOUR reason for losing weight
    • Identifying your reasons to lose weight help to keep things in perspective
    • If we only lose weight to please other people, then we will be forever bound to that person’s thoughts of us.
      • If they say we’re too skinny then we believe them and act, if they say we’re too fat then we go around in circles again
      • I say find out why you want to lose weight; here were some of my reasons for example
      • I want to be healthy and fit, I want to fit in nicer clothes- being in a size 22 at a young age does get you down sometimes, I want to be able to run with my future kids, I want to be able to be comfortable in my own skin and be confident, and I want to actually not dread going to the doctor’s office – I get tired of hearing “You need to lose weight” and hearing that everything that’s wrong with me is tied to my weight
    • Make a list to remind yourself of what, when, why and how
      • This could be your potential motivator down the road
  • Find the problem that keeps you from losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
    • Where is the problem? Not eating right, the lack of motivation for exercise, or both
    • Why can you not lose the weight or why do you not have the motivation that you need?
      • It’s like a little therapy session before everything begins
      • If you can identify the problem, then you can take steps to find the solution
      • If I had a problem with eating (which I did) I would start out slow – taking out soda, candy and other sweets slowly not cold turkey (I mention this later in another post.
      • If I had a problem with exercise (which I had somewhat) I would start out slow with walking (which I did) – (I mention this later in another post as well)
  • Set goals
    • Setting goals helps give visual setting points, write it down, commit to memory, tell someone, you’re less likely to go back on it
    • Like the Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2″Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. ” NKJV
    • Set one ultimate long term goal
      • I suggest to have one or more ultimate long term goal
      • This may be your goal weight, blood pressure, dress size, BMI, waist size, how many laps around a track, how fast a mile, beat the addiction to sugar and soda, and etc…
      • This should be something you want to ultimately achieve (write this down on a piece of paper and put it somewhere you can see it)
    • Set many short term goals
      • Whatever your long term goal is, build many short term goals around it
      • It helps make the long term goal achievable, plus a boost of motivation when you’re busting through your short term goals and you’re that much closer to your long term goal
      • A short term goal may be losing one pound this week, go to the gym 3 days a week, run or jog for 2 minutes on the track or tread mill, lift 5 more pounds this week for squats, no cookies or sweets today, etc… they are all short term and achievable goals.
      • Don’t make it harder on yourself by making goals that are too difficult for you at this stage, you’ll only set yourself up to fail and quit.
      • Start slow then build up
  • Set a time table for your goal
    • When you set a time for these goals, long and short term, you will be less likely to go back on them
    • It’s a visual reminder and stays in your mind
    • Key to this is:
      • Not to make the time so short to where you stress out trying to achieve them
      • Set a goal that is realistic: lose 40lbs by the end of the year
        • Achievable and realistic
      • Not to put too much pressure on yourself
      • Not to make the time table unreachable and unrealistic
        • For example, lose 50lbs in five months
        • I’m not saying it’s not possible but it’s too difficult to do this in a short amount of time and not healthy as well
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