Weight loss is an individual thing. Even if you have all of the support in the world it all comes down to our own choices and decisions.
There are so many different choices as far as diets are concerned. You can order pre-made foods and have them delivered to your door. You can attend meetings and get weighed every week and learn about healthier eating. There is the option of gastric bypass for people that are 100 pounds or more over weight. There are so many books written about weight loss as well. The choice is yours.
When you are looking at different ways to lose weight, make sure it is healthy. Quick fixes or fad diets don’t last long and it has been my experience that you end up putting more weight on after depriving yourself. You need to eat and not feel hungry all of the time. Your body needs fuel.
I like to look at those people that have lost weight. I want to hear about a person that has dealt with the same struggles and issues that I am working with; knows how I feel and has had success. That’s why I like to share my weight loss journey. I am not one of those people that gained 5 or 10 pounds over the last 20 years and needed to get it off. That is not the person that would inspire me. Now I am not saying that 5 or 10 pounds is easier to lose, I think that anyone that loses weight is successful!
Over the last 5 years, I have talked a lot about my weight loss with people that are interested in how I lost weight and I too am interested in how other people approach it.
Here are a few tips that I have learned along the way.
- Make sure that you exercise along with eating healthy. It helps tone your body, burns calories, builds your metabolism and most importantly for me…gives me the mental boost that I need on tough days.
- Use an mp3 player or iPod and make an upbeat playlist! I am also inspired by different lyrics that have a positive message.
- Get you head into the game! A positive attitude is so important! I think that losing weight is 90% in your head! Get in the habit of thinking good thoughts! There are many times where negative thoughts can get the best of you. Think of those times before they happen and have a game plan. When I am feeling good mentally, nothing can tempt me!
- Find something that is a reminder of what is important. I once heard of someone having a bracelet that had a charm with what their goal was. Whether it be your goal weight, the names of your children, a dream vacation spot, find a visual to keep you focused.
- Stay true to yourself. Don’t let other people sabotage what you are doing. You make the choices and don’t worry about what others think.
- Don’t beat yourself up for challenging days. We all have them. We have given in to them time to time but don’t let it ruin what you have accomplished. Everyday is a new day and some are a little tougher than others.
- Change isn’t always easy but my thinking at the beginning was until you take your last breath on this earth, you can make a change. It will be worth it!
These are just a few of the things that I tried to remember when I was starting my journey. I hope that they can help.
If you have any tips I would love to hear about them. I will continue to listen to other people’s tips and share them along the way!Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.