Losing weight can be a long, ongoing process and it is too easy to “throw in the towel”, so to speak. This is primarily due to frustrations because of slow results or the seeming lack of results. Keep your sanity in your weight loss goals – learn how to take the little strides to achieve your long term weight loss goals. Never epect results overnight.
If you feel you are trying but not achieving any result please remind yourself that you have to continue what you are doing for atleast 21 days before stopping to check the results. It is a well known fact that any activity that is practised for 21 days becomes a habit. Even after 21 days if there is no change you may have to repeat for another 21 days and then another 21 days and now you will find that a difference has really been made. You are sure to look slimmer and more fit than what you were 2 months ago. That is the reality of life and you should train yourself to be more patient. This new lifestyle will also help to hone your personality into a more mellowed down and cool and calm type.
1. Make a plan
Do you have a plan? People sometimes get confused by plans and goals. The end result goal in your case is weight loss, the plan is the means you are going to use to get there. While you will undoubtedly have short term goals and a long term goal, they are not your plan.
A plan would consist of, for example, eating breakfast; walking a half hour per day; not eating after 8pm; eliminating pop from your daily routine; etc. These are plans that can help you reach your goal of weight loss. If you’ve tried certain things before and they didn’t work because of your lack of commitment then try loosening the plan a little for something that you could easily achieve without pushing yourself too hard.
If you have a plan of walking/running 1 hour a day but you think that you might give up too easily on that: then try for 15 minutes a day & once you’ve made the 15 minutes try and push yourself for 15 minutes more. You’re much better off making a plan for 15 minutes of walking a day and doing it than making a plan of walking 1 hour a day and never leaving the couch.
If you feel walking for 15 minutes is something for which you have to get out of your routine then initially start with checking the number of steps you walk every day. It has been calculated that 10,000 steps a day is equivalent to 15 minutes of walking. If you can get a step counter or a pedometer you can keep track of how many steps you walk in a day.
2. Execute the plan
The greatest weight loss plan in the world will do no good if you don’t use it. That’s where so many people fail and that is because they want to lose the weight but aren’t willing to take any steps to actually meet their goals. It’s like someone saying “I want to make $5,000 this month” but doesn’t have a job and never leaves the couch to look for one. A job is no more going to show up at your door and give you $5,000 for sitting than you are going to lose weight if you continue to do nothing about it. As was stated above, if your plan is not something you think you can commit to: loosen up your plan to something that is feasible given your lifestyle and situation. Each day try to find occasions where you can walk instead of getting somebody run errands for you. Before calling someone think twice and decide to get and move yourself and check how many steps you gained. This will motivate you to walk more and benefits wil lead you to walk still more thus a benevolent cycle is triggered off that will be advantageous to you weight loss plan.
3. See the plan through
Keep on keeping on, stay focused on your weight loss goals, and don’t give up. It is not the easiest thing getting started, but it is a proven fact that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Keep your plan up for a few weeks and you’ll be well on your way to your weight loss goals.
By simply creating a plan, working a plan and staying with it, you’ll soon begin to see results with your weight loss goals. Sometimes it only takes us seeing the start of results to get us really motivated to take the weight off and so it is not so difficult after all!!!.