We all want to have success when we lose weight. But you have to ask yourself this question, “Am I setting myself up for success?”
In other words, are you making it as easy as possible on yourself to actually get those pounds off? For a long time, my answer to that question was “No.”
I did not set myself up for weight loss success. I wasn’t physically ready, I wasn’t mentally ready, and I had not really thought through what months and months of weight loss would look like for me.
Because the truth was, I had an entire person to lose, and it would take me over a year. That’s a long time. That’s a lot of days to do the right thing. It doesn’t really matter if you have 20 pounds to lose or over 150 pounds like I did. It is still important to set yourself up for success to make the process as easy as possible.
More people struggle with losing weight than succeed. I hate that because I know how frustrating it can be to want something so badly but be unable to make it happen.
Some of the frustration can be avoided if you make sure you are as prepared for your weight loss journey as possible.
Here are four things to do to set yourself up for success. There are lots more things to do, but here are four that can get you started in the right direction.
1. Set Realistic Expectations
Who doesn’t want to lose weight yesterday? I know I did. It’s kinda like when you are ready to get your hair cut. You want the appointment that very minute you decide and find it hard to wait the week or two to get in with your favorite stylist. When we decide to lose weight, we want it to happen now but it just doesn’t work that way.
So set yourself up for success by setting realistic expectations. You won’t lose 20 pounds in a week. You won’t lose the same amount of weight week in and week out. You will hit plateaus and you may backslide sometimes.
2. Not Being Prepared for Temptations
Temptations seem to pop up everywhere when you are trying to lose weight. First it’s a holiday, then it’s a birthday, then it’s an appealing display at the grocery store. Prepare yourself for temptations by reminding yourself of your goals, deciding in advance if you will “indulge,” and having strategies in place to turn away from the temptation.
Holidays, birthdays, and special events keep coming every year. If you don’t learn to handle them when you are losing weight, you will have a hard time handling them when you are trying to maintain your weight.
3. Believing That Exercise Doesn’t Matter
Exercise won’t cause you to lose weight, but I firmly believe that a reasonable exercise plan is an important part of a weight loss plan. Why? Because it goes to an overall healthy lifestyle. And that is your goal – right? To live your life in a healthy manner and that includes exercise and eating right.
You don’t have to become a super athlete or workout for hours a day if you don’t want to. Just include exercise in your weight loss plan for fitness and health. I only exercise about 30 to 45 minutes six days a week. No crazy exercise, but reasonable exercise that I can do for years to come.
4. Using Extreme Methods to Lose Weight
Obviously you want to avoid fad diets such as the celery diet, the grapefruit diet, or the Dukan diet. However, you also want to avoid using extreme methods to lose weight. Why?
Because the key to weight maintenance is often continuing to do what worked for you when losing weight. And if you lost weight using crazy food combinations, extreme exercise, or restricting food groups for no reason, you are going to find that awfully hard to sustain. Believe me, I know.
How are you doing? Are you setting yourself up for weight loss success? Diane
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