Setting Strategies for Weight Loss
Make a Commitment to yourself
Saying your going to do something and actually doing it are two different things. When I got tired of seeing my gut, I made a commitment to myself. One, I was going to eat better. I focused my mind on what was good to eat for me as opposed to thinking of what I was missing. When I ate better I felt better both mentally and physically. A double reward.
Secondly, I decided to dedicate myself to a regular exercise regimen. I committed to getting up at 5:30am and getting to the gym before work. That was a big commitment not being a morning person.I focused my thoughts on having a flat set of abs. I thought about the progress I would make in a few short weeks if I could stick with it. I visualized how I would look. I pictured in my mind being shirtless on the beach and feeling good about how I looked. Yeah, it was a little vain, but it motivated me to improve my health, and it worked. I was excited about getting up the next morning to start my new routine. I got up the next day with no problem and did so for the next 5 years and continue to do so.
Create the Habit
After you make your commitment, you will have to be consistent. If you want true success you have to maintain your commitment. When you think about it, it really shouldn’t be that hard. Brushing your teeth is a habit. You probably didn’t like it at first, but you learned to do it with urging from your parents. Brushing is good for you and no one has to tell you to do it now. The same principal holds true for your fitness. It’s hard at first but once you get in to a routine you have it, and it’s good for you. Without your health you have nothing. Hold that thought in your brain with your commitment. You can work 90 hours a week and make a ton of money, but what good is it if you are incapacitated by a stroke as a result. You would give up all the money in the world to have your health back.
Make Your Plan
Your plan starts with your objective or your end result. Are you looking to lose weight? Do you want to firm up the saggy parts? Do you want to run a marathon? Three different programs. Pick your target and design a meal plan, an exercise schedule with exercises or cardio.
Don’t try to lose 10 lbs. in a week. You can certainly lose 1 lb. Trying to do to much too soon will create frustration which may kill your goal. Give yourself a realistic time to accomplish your goal. If you haven’t dedicated yourself to an exercise schedule or planned your meals then the chances of success are minimized.
TIP: Start with the basics. Plan your meals first. Secondly design your exercise program.
If your workout routine is drudgery, then chances of you sticking with it are not very good. I noticed that having a workout partner helps keep you on track, keeps you motivated and makes you accountable. You will let yourself down easier than letting someone else down who is counting on you.
The theory of no pain no gain is misused. What that means is you are feeling the lactic burn when your muscles are pushed to exhaustion. Some people don’t understand that pain. It is actually good for you. If that kind of pain de-motivates you then try a cardio dance class or an excersise DVD. It will burn calories and you may enjoy the workout instead of dreading it.
Enjoy the ride. Join a sports league, subscribe to a fitness magazine, learn to cook healthy foods. Buy yourself new workout clothes. Find a workout partner.
Journal the Journey
Keep track of your progress. Writing down your thoughts will give you insights to your health program and track your progress. It will expose any fears or difficulties and help you solve problems quicker. A healthy lifestyle is a process that is a journey not a destination. You can always learn more and improve.