For many people embarking on a weight loss program is given only a thought. One morning they wake up and today is the day, I'm going to lose weight, watch what I eat and exercise. Those are great goals but a little preparation goes a long way. Most people put very little thought into how they are going to lose weight and what lifestyle changes they need to make, and than everyday they monitor their weight and obsess over the weight not coming off fast enough or heaven forbid you have a slip and eat something that wasn't part of the plan.
The ideal way to go about any weight loss program is to start with a detailed plan.
Here are some good questions to ask yourself:
- Really figure out how your going to eat healthier.
- how often you're going to exercise,
- why type of exercises do you want to do,
- How long will your work outs be.
- what time of day do you feel more like working out
- What foods do you want to avoid (than get them out of your home)
- What foods do you want to eat more of (make sure your fridge is stocked)
- How are you going to handle anger, sadness, boredom etc... (if your an emotional eater)
- What are your emotional triggers
- Do you have a support system in place (friends, family, coach, support group)
By doing the planning ahead of time, you set yourself up for success. Don't skip the emotional work, that's the most overlooked but in my opinion, most important part of the weight loss process.
Once a plan is in place, just focus on taking the steps and give up the obsession with the outcome. It will take care of itself. Don't weigh yourself everyday, or even count the calories. Stay in the present moment and know that you're being healthy and doing something good for yourself.
Sarah Bran de Leon