I apologize for the very long hiatus. I have found a lot of inspiration in the monthly goals that I set last year but found that I needed time to stay quiet and focus on what really allows me to “move the needle” with weight loss and health goals. I found that keeping inspiration to myself did the trick and over the last three months have managed to lose 11 pounds in a physically and mentally healthy way!
A lot of what made this weight loss successfully was mental. I can’t say it will work for you but give these tips a try:
- Competition – I put together a 90 day “Biggest Loser” challenge with my coworkers. I had a few very tough competitors and although I didn’t make 1st place I made my goal trying very hard to be. In my opinion that made me the winner in my mind
- Education – I asked friends, family and nutrition specialists (Cassie!) about how to lose weight through healthy eating and living. Cassie is a great resource for this information but the most important thing to know about “dieting” is that there are no new tricks. Don’t waste your time on diet fads and gimmicks. Why dance around what really works: eating right and exercising.
- Don’t restrict yourself – Yes, there are foods you shouldn’t eat every day. French fries, cheese cake and chinese food for example. But that doesn’t mean you should restrict yourself from it. There were times in the last few months that I indulged in some of these things but I refused to feel guilty about it and reminded myself that these things are treats and I’m still eating right and exercising regularly.
- Keep Quiet and Stay focused on the main goal – Losing weight is stressful enough without one day being super inspired and telling everyone about it and the next day not being able to follow through and feeling as though you’ve let yourself (and everyone else) down. Pops of inspiration are great to keep you going but if you stay focused on your main goal you will surprise yourself in the end.
- Measurable check points – Every week we did a Weigh In: same day, same time. This was the perfect way to measure success for the week. It helped me to adjust where I needed to and to have little moments of celebration when I was successful.
I’m sorry I didn’t share my experience as it was happening but it was important for me to keep the focus and not over-analyze. I am very happy to share my results with you and do plan to continue using this strategy as I maneuver my way through the holidays and into New Years resolution territory. I hope that some of my tips will be helpful for you.