Within my group of Facebook friends (and in real life), I’ve noticed a steady increase of people (both girls and guys) updating their status to say they want to lose weight, they’re sick of how they look, etc, etc. I know this feeling really well so I understand the push to lose weight, I also understand that many of them probably aren’t ready to make moves yet,and that many of them probably believe they’ll lose 20 lbs by tomorrow.
That’s not how it works. It took a long time to put the weight on, it’s going to feel like it takes a long time to get it off. But actually, spending a year to lose what took you 25 years to put on, isn’t really a bad deal.
For me, weight loss was something I had to be ready for. Sure, I was ready to lose weight for a long time, I was tired, I was sad, I was miserable- but mentally I wasn’t willing or able to give myself the attention or I wasn’t ready to put in the effort. I hadn’t come to terms with my sweating phobia yet.
If you are someone whose not active at all right now, but wants to lose some weight, you may want to take baby steps. You’re not going to go out and run a marathon, sorry, but someday you may be able to! When I started running, I made it around the track once, that was it, and it was a huge accomplishment.
Baby steps to start losing weight:
- Go for a walk, once a day, for as long as you can. It should be a nice brisk walk to get your heart rate going. Even if it’s 15 minutes; it’s 15 minutes more than you were doing before.
- Cut out all sugary drinks. Limit yourself to water, coffee and one glass of milk a day. If you’re a pop drinker you’ll see a major difference.
- If you snack throughout the day, go to the store and buy fruits and veggies, throw out the chips and chocolate. You can eat as many grapes, and carrots as you want- they’ll never hurt you like junk food does.
- Eat slowly, with no distractions- If you’re watching tv, reading or eating fast; your body may be delayed in telling you it’s full.
- Don’t skip breakfast. The logic of not eating breakfast so you can eat more later in the day is just silly and counterproductive. Breakfast kick starts your metabolism and gets you going. So just eat a piece of toast, k?
- Cut your alcohol intake down. I’m not saying don’t drink at all, but cut it back, it’s a lot of empty, silly calories.You can have fun without drinking excessively.
- Question whether you’re hungry or not before you eat, if you aren’t, don’t eat it. Don’t confuse thirst for hunger and learn to recognize emotional hunger from actual hunger- these are hard and will take a while.
Things not to do:
- Don’t buy pills, potions, meals, or DVD’s that will make you lose weight. Nothing will make you lose weight except yourself and motivation.
- Don’t go out and spend thousands on fancy equipment or fancy clothes, at first you just need a cheap pair of sneakers, some fresh produce and support.
- Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help or advice. The fitness community is warm, welcoming and encouraging to anyone, at any level.
- Don’t beat yourself up
- Don’t weigh yourself daily, pick one day a week and make that your weigh in day. The body fluctuates in funny weighs and looking at the scale every day may throw you off.
- Don’t make excuses, make a schedule that suits you and stick to it, come Hell or high waters.
- Don’t compare yourself to other people. They have a whole different body makeup, a whole different history and a whole different story.
- Don’t give yourself unrealistic goals. strive for 1-2 lb loss a week, that’s what is considered healthy.
Anyone can do these things. Yes, it’s hard and yes, it takes time and effort and you may cry a little out of frustration, but that’s okay. Losing weight is not just losing weight, it’s a journey where you learn about yourself. I have faith in every single person that they can do this, and that they can be happy in their own skin.
Are you trying to lose weight?
Advice? Tips? Things that worked for you?
What’s your fitness goal?
Note: I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will; I’m not a doctor or a professional. I’m just a girl who has lost weight and these are steps that helped me and many others. You can’t sue me if they don’t work for you.