Losing Weight – A Mental Game Part 1 of 2

How many articles, books, and videos are out there about weight loss? Too many. The jungle of content on such an important topic makes something so vital seem so difficult. Let’s make it easy for all of us.

  1. Find what works for you.
    • We read a lot that we think can work for us. Well, if it’s not working for you, then stop reading it immediately, and find something new to follow. If it is working for you, then continue to check your progress. Make enhancements as needed. Abandon if it stops working and find something else.

  2. Do not compare yourself to others.
    • People will constantly tell you how they did it. They’ll poke holes in how you’re accomplishing your progress. You’ll hear you’re doing too much cardio, or not enough. You’ll be questioned on what you should or shouldn’t be eating. Remember step one. If it is working, then continue to do what works. Do not compare yourself to anyone else.

  3. Please avoid restricting your mind.
    • This is in terms of your mindset, and not what you do around activity or consumption. You need to have an open mind. This is a difficult journey. Let your mind be open to all the possibilities that can result once you start. Let your mind be free to the idea of success. Envision the future.

  4. Track
    • You have to track. Stop reading now and continue your current path if you feel otherwise. Think of it this way. How can you gauge your progress or lack there of if you don’t have an adequate diary of what you are doing.

  5. Find something to motivate you.
    • Write down your motivation. Illustrate it. Envision it. It could be anything, but you have to dig deep inside and figure out what your true motivation is. You need to find it. You cannot succeed on this journey without a heartfelt goal inspiring you on a daily basis.

  6. Set a date to aspire for and train for.
    • Commit to something in the future. Mark it on your calendar. Set a realistic expectation for what you want to carry out between now and that date. This event could be some sort of physical activity that you can train for. This will help your dieting serve a purpose, while complementing your exercise at the same time. You’ll be working towards something tangible.

  7. One day at a time.
    • Allow for setbacks. Hit eject button, and move forward the next day. It’s Ok. You have to believe that one bad day will not ruin your progress.

  8. You need positive support around you at all times.
    • The people surrounding you will be your guide. They are your good influences. This means they need to eating what you eat, work out with you, etc. You will not succeed unless the people closest to you are supporting this journey each step. You have to recruit people for your team.

  9. This will become your lifestyle and that’s Ok.
    • Give things up in the short-term for a longer term result. Do not fear the change. The lifestyle will worry you because it is new, difficult, and a commitment. It will be Ok. Your brain will learn it is happiest when you are accomplishing these new tasks that will develop into habits.

  10. The first few days are the hardest.
    • Once you make it through the first seventy-two hours, it begins to get much easier. Your first week is the next milestone. Each milestone becomes easier to reach. The first few hurdles are the most difficult. Believe this.

  11. Each day is an all day event.
    • Having a good lunch and breakfast, but bad dinner means you didn’t have a good day. Again, that’s Ok, but be honest with yourself. We love to excuse a slip up and then lie to ourself and say we had a good day. No, we made a mistake. Tomorrow we will start anew.

  12. Weigh you food.
    • You cannot adequately count calories and track effectively unless you are weighing your servings. You will not succeed if you do not weigh your food. This is a necessity.

  13. Track your workouts.
    • You have to check your progress and see what works. Make sure you see how much you spent each week working out. Monitor your weight the few days after certain workouts. What is helping, and what isn’t? Ask yourself what may have caused this. Were you not exerting enough energy? Was that because you worked out in the morning as opposed to the night? Again, this is book that will write itself based on your activity. You have to adequately look at it to see what is working, and what is not. You then have to make the necessary changes.

This is all mental. Your physical activity is mental. Everything funnels back to you, and your brain. You will only succeed if you want to.

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