Think about the necessity of changing your mind before you attempt to change your body. Do you agree that lasting change begins on the inside? If so, I want you to think about how you can start achieving success this week with your weight loss goal.
First of all, it is very rare that you attain success (with anything) without some roadblocks, sucker punches, and hard work. Successful people have been knocked down a time or two, but most don’t stay down. Determine in your head that if you do hit a roadblock on your road to success, you’ll use some strategies over and over again until you get it right.
Several other things you can do is start collecting data about yourself so you can use it to get different results!
Slow down and eat. How often are you setting aside time to eat? I don’t mean grazing all day long on unplanned bites of food here and there. We’re in too much of a hurry and we’re always shoveling food in our mouths. Be a mindful eater. Set aside a time – at least two meals a day – where you spend 10 minutes (just 10 minutes) with your food. Look at your food. Smell your food. Taste your food. Enjoy your food. But whatever you do, start to be mindful of what you’re eating.
Thirdly, remember calories add up fast! For five days, write down everything you eat. Yep, everything. You just might shock yourself. The best thing about doing this is it helps you to gauge how much you really are consuming. Ever have one of those days where you think, “I really didn’t eat that much today” – and the scale never moves down? Well, a five day food journal can really open your eyes and help you to trouble-shoot those tough moments in your day.
Finally, be aware of your excuses. Nobody is going to lose weight for you but YOU. In order to start to do that, be aware of how many times a day you let your negative thoughts derail your efforts.
Maybe you just now read some of the above suggestions and you’ve already said something like “Yea, right, I tried that before and it didn’t work,” or “That seems like too much work.” Don’t use excuses. Just don’t. If you’ve tried something before, look at it in a whole new way this time. Renew your mind.
If you can attack weight loss in a different way, by learning and practicing skills, the outcome will be so much more realistic and you will be on your way to healthy long-term weight loss!