|“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford|
If you want to lose weight and are serious about it – you will! Everyone has had failed attempts at weight loss, but that doesn’t mean you will never lose weight. Rather, with the right tools and the right mentality, you will find that you’re actually enjoying the process of losing weight and not just the end results!
One of the keys to being successful in your weight loss goals is to be consistent. Consistency arises from discipline, commitment and an understanding of the process. You know that weight loss does not come about by popping a “magic pill”. It does come about by incorporating healthy changes into your lifestyle. So your goal is not to diet and exercise like a crazy, possessed person for a month and then quit. Your goal is to:
Discover, through trial and error, an exercise routine that you enjoy and is consistent with your physical condition, weight loss needs and lifestyle.
Find a method of healthy eating that you like and can follow for the rest of your life.
Mix things up occasionally. If you do the exact same thing every day, your weight will ultimately plateau, plus you’ll be completely bored. Challenge yourself occasionally and try something new – a new fitness class or a new food.
Remember to draw upon as many resources as you can: keep a thankfulness journal to stay positive and maintain a healthy self-image, have an accountability partner to remain true to your goals and learn to ignore the negative naysayers. Educate yourself about healthy lifestyle choices, such as healthy food habits. Learn which foods are better for your body, such as low GI foods, proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and find out which recipes you enjoy – eating healthy is not about eating foods you hate! Experiment and discover an exercise routine that you enjoy and one that shows results – something that has elements of both aerobic exercise and weight training.
Trying to lose weight means drawing upon all your strengths. In addition, you need to acknowledge your weaknesses, and find methods to circumvent them. Now that you know about the required methods and resources, don’t be afraid to trust yourself – you know what to do.
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