Are You Ready To Go All In?
It’s that time of year again. The time when everyone sets new goals and resolutions to change something and become a better version of themselves. Many times that includes losing weight and getting in shape.
So often we decide to go all in! Cut out all the bad foods, exercise every day, full speed ahead!
But, are you really ready? Have you thought about the what’s and the how’s, and really mentally prepared yourself for the challenges that lie ahead?
There are a few questions that you should ask yourself to make sure that you understand the challenges and how to handle them as they come up. This will really put you a step ahead and help ensure your success where you may have failed in the past.
Are you ready to change how you eat and exercise for life?
You must be ready to make permanent changes or else you’ll just end up back here again next year, and the year after that. Make small steady changes that you can easily integrate into your everyday life so that you’ll never have to set “weight loss goals” again.
Are you ready to be 100% accountable for your own actions?
We all have busy lives, but on the same note, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. There will always be some things out of your control, but there are many things that you have complete control over. You have to stop making excuses and start taking responsibility for the things that you can control.
Are you ready to resolve all of the emotional issues you have with losing weight?
It’s not surprising that overeating is often tied to emotional stress. Stress, anger, and boredom can trigger emotional eating, which often leads to weight gain. Identifying your emotional issues related to food and overeating so you can be prepared for any possible challenges is critical to your success.
Do you have a realistic mental picture of how much weight you’ll lose — and how quickly you’ll lose it?
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a process that lasts a lifetime. In general, losing between 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy sustainable rate of weight loss. You should also try to burn about more calories than you consume each day. You don’t need to journal every calorie, but try eat healthily and exercise daily. It’s completely doable and will help you reach your long term goals.
Do you have a positive attitude about your weight-loss challenge?
If you haven’t embraced the idea about losing weight, you may not be ready. Do you dread what lies ahead? If so, you’re more likely to find excuses to give up. I suggest you think positively and do your best to embrace your new lifestyle. Try to focus on how great you will feel when you weigh less, increase your energy level and look in the mirror. You can and will celebrate every successful step you take along your weight-loss journey … and I would love to celebrate with you!
What if you’re not ready?
Did you answer “no” to more than one of these questions? If so, that’s OK. You just may not be ready to begin your weight-loss strategy right now.
I suggest that you explore what is holding you back and face those obstacles. It might just be a matter of timing. It’s OK if you need to resolve some things in your life first. It’s also OK if you need to work on your commitment to making permanent lifestyle changes. Do your best to address these obstacles as soon as possible and then re-evaluate your readiness to lose weight so that you can quickly get started on a healthier lifestyle.
Life can be chaotic, but I don’t want you to let it become a permanent excuse. Visit me often and I will do my best to help you become ready … we’ll get through this together.