Are you teetering back and forth about your next stab at losing weight?
Are you trying to decide which new diet you want to try?
Are you thinking about how you’ll have to empty out the pantry, clean out the fridge, or eat everything you deem as “bad” in one final binge-fest? Are you thinking that you won’t be able to go out to eat with friends and you’ll have to stay home just gnawing on carrots? Are you thinking that you’ll have to give up wine, beer or your favorite spirits?
Are you throwing around words and phrases like maybe, hopefully, I’ll try, I might, someday, soon, next week, after…..?
You’re putting too much pressure on yourself.
You’re thinking everything has to be perfect. You want the perfect diet plan, the perfect timing, the perfect family and friends that will support you and eat salads with you. Nope. Not going to happen. There will be Halloween candy, free donuts, potlucks, holiday parties, etc. just around the corner. Don’t wait for perfection. It will never come.
What if you decided to do this journey differently? What if you decided that you would make only small sustainable changes? What if for the first week, you just started drinking more water, changing nothing else? Now I know you just argued about how you hate water, you’ll never be able to drink 64, 80, or 120 ounces of water a day. But did you notice that I used the word more? I didn’t say you had to drink a gallon a day. Just drink an extra 4 to 8 ounces. Can you drink an extra 1/2 cup a water each day?
Small changes are the key to making a lifestyle change that will lead to permanent weight loss. No more jumping in with both feet only eating broccoli and plain ass chicken for 2 straight weeks. Sure you lost 5 lbs but you can’t understand why your miserable and can’t stop thinking about food all day.
What if you made one change?
What can you commit to trying for one week? More water? Half & half instead of sugary creamers? No second helpings? Writing out a food log? Journaling your thoughts? Leaving 1 or 2 bites at dinner? Cooking more meals at home? Not snacking while you’re making dinner? Eating an extra piece of fruit or vegetable? Using a bowl instead of eating the chips out of the bag? Eating your meals sitting down? Eating your meals without watching TV? Eating your meals without your phone, iPad, or computer in front of you?
Did you notice that none of the above questions mentioned anything about counting calories, carbs, points, or macros?
There are so many tiny tweaks you can make to start your weight loss journey. You don’t have to revamp your whole diet or kitchen to get started.
Remember the fable about the tortoise and the hare? The hare took off like a bat out of hell to start the race and the tortoise just moseyed along with a steady gait. Can you guess what happens? That’s right, the hare ran out of steam and failed to cross the finish line. But the tortoise took the sure and steady pace to completion and victory.
We learn this as children but seem to forget it as adults. Lasting change takes time, patience, and persistence.
What’s the one small tweak you can commit to to start your final weight loss journey?
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