Weight loss. How many times have we tried to make a new year’s resolution to lose weight? How many different diet fads have we tried? What about the new exercise class that’s taking the country by storm? The before and after pictures of weight loss success stories you see all over Instagram? Losing weight can seem like an impossible task that you have tried so hard to achieve with little success.
I’ve been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember. I would always tell myself that starting Monday I will eat better and start exercising. When I didn’t wake up on time Monday morning to start my exercise regimen I’d push it off until the following week. If I decided to start eating healthy but was in a rush to get out the door and didn’t have time to make something I would eat junk food. If I finally made it to the gym I’d look around at everyone else running for miles or lifting weights and just feel demoralized to the point of not wanting to go back. I even tried exercising at home but would stop as soon as I started feeling tired and could not find the motivation to keep going.
After continuous hurdles I decided to take a step back and figure out what I was doing wrong. Initially I kept thinking that I’m not an athletic person, I don’t have any endurance that’s why I can’t get into this and keep it up. Eventually I came up with a plan of action that I would tackle strategically for one month to help get me on the road toward achieving my goals. What I learned in the duration of this month is what has ultimately lead me to finally lose the weight I’ve been trying so long to shed.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. We all have to start somewhere, so start small and work your way up. If you eat a lot of high calorie, fatty food don’t go cold turkey and stop everything all at once. Try cutting out as much as you can but have a little now and then as a reward. If you don’t ever go to the gym than don’t all of a sudden start going everyday for an hour. You will burn out and not want to go regularly. Ultimately if you know your limitations it will help you in setting realistic goals.
Success can only be achieved when you try continuously and consistently. If you set a goal to get to the gym every other day for thirty minutes than make sure you work it into your schedule and make those thirty minutes count. The first few times are the most difficult but as you become stronger you will start noticing the change and it will motivate you to keep going.
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