Are you ready to lose weight? Did you make losing weight one of your New Year’s resolutions? Focusing on your health and well-being should be a priority before losing weight. I know this to be true as once I made healthier choices and ate less the weight just slowly started coming off. Grant you I have a long way to go before I am done losing but I have started on a path that I am building on for a healthier future. In order to be healthier one must take baby steps. The first step though is always the hardest and one must have a solid foundation in order to be successful.
Here are some lessons learned from last years weight loss.
Changing old habits: This is much tougher than it sounds. The first thing I did was start eating less. I ate whatever I wanted (baby step for me) but ate less of everything. I lost weight right away by simply doing this. Then I focused on making healthier choices. This was tough I will admit, but I promise once you start and get used to eating healthier it will become a part of your daily eating.
Begin with baby steps. Take my advice and go slow. Taking baby steps will ensure a permanent lifestyle change. I can no longer eat large portions of food and even if I have foods like brownies, cookies, or the like, I still don’t gain a pound.
Make your well-being a priority: Ask yourself this, “What is the purpose of my weight loss?” Most would answer the purpose is to be healthier and look great. Right? In essence this is correct however, you have to decide what is important in this regard. No one can make you change. Only you can. Being healthy is beyond weight loss. A focus on being healthier ensures your body is getting vital nutrients to maintain important functions.
Changing your lifestyle to fit your healthier living: To succeed with new lifestyle changes you have to replace old habits with new ones. Of course, this is easier said than done but it’s well worth the time and patience. I started by eliminating fast food. It took about 3 months for me to accomplish this. I did fail a couple of times and ran to the border for nachos. (the small nachos of course) LOL But I never gave up so now I simply do not eat fast food nor do I even miss that kind of food. The cravings for fast food went away too.
Next I stopped drinking cold drinks. Let me tell you this was a hard one for me. I absolutely love Diet Mountain Dew! I would drink this daily. For me, I had to wean myself down. I would drink quite a bit of Diet Mountain Dew so I started with half the normal amount. Then when I was ready (about a month later) I went from that half amount to half of the half amount. Then one day I just did not drink it at all. It worked! Over a period of about 2 months I was off all cola type of drinks.
Be patient when you fail: When you do fail or have a day where you over do it, just begin again with the very next meal. I have learned that when I make a food mistake I just start with my next meal and eat as planned. Don’t give up simply because of a bad day or one meal that went wrong. Just start with the next meal and plan better for the future. It’s ok to fail sometimes as this shows you where your weaknesses are and how to overcome them. Look at failing as a way to learn to be better next time. The hardest part of failing is to forgive yourself and forget about the mistake. Then move forward. After all you cannot change what is done but you can change how you react to that same situation in the future.