Here is a simple truth: We constantly think about changing our lives.
For some of us it is our job, finding someone to love or giving up smoking.
For many people it is about losing weight. We think about these things
and yet never do them.
For many people who are overweight, they are always thinking about it
or trying something new. Yet, a significant amount of them do not lose
weight, or keep it off. They almost never get into shape.
There is a myriad number of excuses for the weight loss merry-go-round.
We waste time, we start and stop, we procrastinate, we lie and make excuses,
we get frustrated and complain and in general, make ourselves miserable.
Successful weight loss is much more than dieting and exercise. Actually,
losing weight and improving our health is as much, if not more, an internal
process than it is an external process.
If you can successfully reprogram yourself, everything else will simply fall
Most experts concentrate on teaching us about diet and exercise. If it were
that simple then the success rate would be much higher. It is very easy to
impart information to people. Getting them to do these things consistently
is the problem. Our conditions come down to two things. The first is the
decisions that we make. The second is the things that we do (or the things
that we don’t do). When we view the problem in this manner it is easy
to deduce that losing weight and getting into shape is more about our minds
than our diet and exercise programs.
If you wish to create a permanent change in any aspect of your life, including
weight loss, you have to have a significant change in your mind.
Here are some ways to approach getting the most out of your weight loss efforts.
There is a very real relationship between your attitude and the outcome. Enter
your weight loss regimen with the best possible attitude. Transforming yourself
is more about attitude and commitment than it is about finding the right diet or
exercise program. Having the right frame of mind equates with a positive outcome.
It is unbelievable how many people sabotage themselves with a poor attitude.
Typically they whine, complain, rationalize and procrastinate. Of course,
they end up where they started. Conversely, many are successful and maintain
their results simply because they manage to get their head into the right place.
Also, once you lose weight you obviously wish to keep it off. This is a lifetime
program, not an event. It is not uncommon for people to devote their efforts to
losing weight for a specific event. The problem with this is they gain it all back,
and then some. Maintaining your weight is a lifetime goal.
Make up your mind. Come face to face with the tough decisions that you have
avoided all this time. Instead of focusing on this weeks diet or joining a gym,
consider implements a series of healthy lifestyle changes. Break your bad habits
by creating and replacing them with good habits.
Finish what you start. Every single day, thousands, if not millions of people begin
programs that they will never maintain. They start a new diet, but cheat. They
join a health club but do not go regularly. Maybe they start running and quit within
the week. Do not be one of them. Be realistic and sensible. Do not try to undo
years of bad habits by next week.
Do not procrastinate. The right time never comes. Do not make excuses. If you
want something bad enough you will find a way to do it.