Starting a weight-loss diet is one of the easiest things a person can do. Keeping up, well, that’s a completely different thing. There are so many reasons why people just can’t stick to their weight loss efforts.
If you’re like most people, you probably have a pretty full schedule almost every day with what seems to be doing more things than hours a day to get them done. Between work, school, and things that need to be done at home, it’s no wonder it can be so hard to find time to lose weight.
Most of the time, you probably eat haphazardly, eat what’s quick and easy, and can eat on the go. Your average day never seems to give you time to exercise. Well, if you’re serious about losing that extra weight, there are a few things you can do to make your search a little easier. It will still take some effort on your part, but you can do it.
To start with, you need to have a plan. Weight loss is a long-term goal, and while long-term goals can be important, they often lack a sense of urgency. It’s too easy for minor things, but things that need to be done now, to take over and put your long-term goal on the back burner.
The way to fix this is to break down your long-term goal into a series of short-term goals, then split those short-term goals into things that make their way into your daily “to-do” list. List what you want to achieve with your weight loss plan and be specific. Instead of saying “I would like to lose this extra weight,” say “I want to lose 20 pounds in the next six months.”
Now that you have a long-term goal for yourself, you need an action plan to make it happen. This is where you say “to do this, I want to lose 3-4 pounds every month”. Now that you’ve set yourself a set of short-term goals, tell yourself, “I’ll lose a pound every week until I’ve lost 3-4 pounds this month.” Now keep in mind that just having the goal is not enough. You have to remind yourself of it every day, all day long.
Set your goal of losing a pound every week on your fridge door, on your computer screen, your calendar or day planner, and even on your car dashboard. This way, your plan is with you every day, all day to remind you how important it is wherever you go.
You probably can’t make all the changes you want at once. To be realistic about it, select one or two things like snacking or fast food to eliminate, and focus on those things. Write down what you want to do differently and make it part of your “things to do today” list. Every day you do these things mark it as ready for the day. By doing this, you can see that you are really achieving your goals and you will feel so good about yourself every day for making sure you stick with them.
If one day you haven’t hit your daily goal here and there, don’t feel defeated or go over it. What you need to do here is sit down and assess the situation to find out why it didn’t happen that day. Maybe you just need to plan your day a little better.
If you were planning on bringing a low-fat, healthy lunch, but you were in a rush and didn’t have time to make it, start making it the night before and keep it in the fridge, you’ll have to do it on your own just grab it and go. Remember that you are only human and you will make mistakes, but the most important thing is that you learn from your mistakes and move forward instead of letting yourself be beaten.
At the end of each day, take a few minutes to think about everything you did that day and plan your next day. The little time it takes you to plan each day will make a big difference in your weight loss success.