Losing weight isn’t easy. It requires more than just exercise and eating “clean”. It requires you to learn more about yourself than you ever have, and make observations; assess, and change course.
1. Plan your day in advance.
In this busy world, it’s easy to let other people’s priorities run your day. Running children to and from practise, work, preparing meals, family time, emails, phone calls- it never ends.
Plan your day in advance, before the mayhem begins. Schedule in your workouts and meals, then schedule everything else around it.
2. Set clear goals.
Every person who achieves greatness has clear goals. Knowing your goals will keep you going when things get tough and give you something to focus on when you’re unsure what to do next. Your goals shouldn’t just focus on the long term. Write down long term, monthly, weekly and daily goals. Doing so allows you to plan your days and weeks with unmatched focus, knowing exactly what you’re shooting for.
3. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
To be successful, you must be honest with yourself. Write down, or brainstorm, your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you know you cannot have cookies in your house without eating all of them, you can tell yourself to only buy them at a bakery and only buy enough for one serving. This way, you won’t be tempted to eat all of them, and fall off the wagon. Know your strengths and weaknesses, and take them into account with every decision. It takes humility to examine yourself this way, but it will pay great dividends when you know exactly what you need to do to be successful.
4. Hire an expert.
It’s no different than going to a hairstylist to get your hair done, or going to an auto body shop to get work done on your car. We are not expects in everything. It will often take you less time, and save you money (and headache) in the long run to hire an expert for help than it would take to try it on your own. To be successful, you’ve got to hire the best. When looking for experts, look at their clients and ask how they felt when they were training with them- were they hungry? Were they tired? Do their beliefs match yours? Focus on those who will help you with whatever you may be currently struggling with.
5. Evaluate your actions and priorities each day.
Your actions every day help move you closer to your goals. Don’t let one go by without doing a review. When you review what you have done well at the end of each day, you’re able to celebrate successes, as well as address what you could have done better the next day. Ask yourself what did you do well today and what did you do not so well? Reflecting on the day allows you to determine which activities to continue and what to work on. Reflection is a valuable investment of your time that will help set the goals that will get you to the next level of success.
6. Learn constantly and be willing to try new things.
No one knows it all. Get excited to learn about nutrition and your body. Be willing to learn from yourself; how your body reacts to different foods, sleep, water, stress, etc. Be willing to learn from others as well- soak up information like a sponge, but from reputable sources, after all, we can’t believe everything we read on the internet.
7. Enjoy the process.
Appreciate every second of the journey; good or bad. To be able to achieve any goal, it takes time, and effort. Be in love with the process. Be fascinated with your own body, and be grateful for everything it does for you. Take time to study your body, and the changes. We often forgot we only have one body to live in for the rest of our lives. Treat it with love and respect.
Find a ritual that you can follow each weekend that leaves you feeling re-charged. Taking time for yourself can re-energize you for the week ahead. Perhaps it’s a weekly bath with epsum salts, or a day without technology, it gives you a chance to think, reflect, sort out problems and plan your future. This can be an excellent opportunity to read a book, or journal.Like a vehicle, we cannot go far on empty.
9. Be kind to yourself.
It’s too easy to focus on the negatives like that bag of chips or chocolate bar you ate, or the workout you skipped. But dwelling on them and beating yourself up for something that is already done, is not going to change the fact you already ate it. Be kind to yourself and remember all the things you have done well, and learn from it to plan better and move on.