This list comes from Fit Personality. I am republishing it here because I think these tips are just that good. I’ve added my thoughts under each tip so I could give you my 2 cents.
#1 – Don’t change everything at once. If you go from eating crap and sitting all day to trying to instantly start running 10 miles a day and eating nothing but salad and bananas, you are going to get tired of it and probably fall back into old habits. Change a few things at a time (like cut out all soda and fast food and then ease into more intense workouts).
This one has been my downfall in the past so pay attention. Don’t try to start a new diet, start training for 5K, join a new yoga class, and start a sugar detox plan all at once. Don’t laugh, I did that… and failed.
#2 – Understand it is 90% mental. As a runner, I know that I can run a full marathon, but convincing my mind that I am going to run nonstop for the next 4 hours is surprisingly difficult. Same goes for convincing your mind that you, in fact, don’t need to eat that extra cookie to feel full.
HUGE! I still grapple with my negative nelly and the subconscious sabotagers in my mind. I’ve come to realize that our bodies are capable of much more than our minds give them credit for.
#3 – Make goals, but not time limits. Time goals are hard because weight loss is often so scattered and you will probably end up being extremely stressed the closer and closer a deadline gets. Goal weights/goal measurements are positive motivators but time tends to be more of a stress. Everybody loses weight differently!
This is the only one on this list that I don’t agree with. I believe in making SMART goals and I believe that making goals time bound is an effective motivator. However, I do agree that it can create stress and that you may need to be flexible. The most important thing is to keep going if you don’t reach your goal by your end date. Just reset and keep going!
#4 – Understand that your boobs will more than likely change sizes. A lot. I personally went from a 36C to 36B to 34B to 34C to 32D and then down to a 32C where I have stayed. When your weight is fluctuating, so do da gurls. Get remeasured every 5-10 pounds and buy new bras accordingly. It completely changes the way your clothes fit (I worked at Victoria’s Secret for 3 years and I can’t stress this enough).
Ha ha! Sooo true. In the beginning it might bum you out but as the rest of your body shrinks get cool with it.
#5 – Find what motivates you and hold onto it for dear life. Losing motivation is the biggest factor for people not losing weight. I don’t care if you find motivation in weighing yourself twice a day, trying to fit into a prom dress, or simply trying to be healthier. You do you girl, but remind yourself daily what you are doing you for.
This is what we call your “Why”. Hold onto and when things get tough, remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place.
#6 – Know that it will become a habit! This is seriously the biggest thing. Once you can stick to a clean eating plan and a workout schedule for about a month, it becomes second nature. I don’t even think about bad food. Like the idea of walking into the chips and cookie isle at Safeway doesn’t even cross my mind. The option of not running and going to the gym doesn’t ever go into my brain. It just BECOMES HABIT.
The first week is hell and the first month is rough, but it gets better. Stick with it!
#7 – ENJOY YOURSELF! Don’t be one of the people that is just sitting there in a corner all sad eating a bag of lettuce. Eat healthy food that you actually enjoy eating. Do workouts you actually enjoy doing. You won’t be successful if you are miserable every day you are trying to lose weight. It can be fun, make it so!
I agree 100%. Make it fun. Find recipes and ways to workout that you enjoy.
#8 – Love your body now. It doesn’t need explaining. You look hot now, you will look hot when you lose weight. You will look hot every day in between. Embrace it. Embrace the Glen Coco. Embrace the fabulous.
ABSOLUTELY! Love yourself now, just the way you are. It’s ok to strive for improvement and change, but you’ve got to remember to love your body too. It’s the only one you’ve got!