Everyone knows that you lose weight if you eat fewer calories than you need each day. But if it were that simple there would not be such a problem with obesity in the Western world – we’d all have the key to weight loss. The problem is that so much to do with succeeding at weight loss rests in our heads and not our bodies. To succeed we need to get our heads working for us and not against us.
Ask yourself these ten questions to see if you are thinking in the right way to lose weight.
1. Have you decided to succeed?
Until you make a definite decision there will be no change to your actions. If you just dabble with “losing a few pounds” you’re unlikely to get anywhere. Make a definite decision and stick to it.
2. Have you set a realistic target?
You need to know where you’re going or you’ll never know when you’ve arrived. What is your target weight and when do you plan to reach it? Plan on losing no more than a pound or two a week. If you set an impossibly high target you’ll get discouraged as soon as it looks like you won’t make it.
3. Do you believe your will succeed?
If you keep telling yourself you’ll never do it, you won’t. Look for reasons why this time will be different. Decide to do things differently to make it so!
4. Can you picture yourself at your new weight?
If you can see yourself in your mind’s eye with your new slim figure, your subconscious will feel more comfortable with the changes you are making and you’ll feel less like creeping back into your comfort zone.
5. Are you clear about your reasons for losing weight?
If you don’t know why you’re doing this, what will keep you going when the going gets tough? Make a list of all the benefits you will get from losing that weight and review it often.
6. Are you open to change?
The only sure thing is that if you keep on doing what you’ve always done you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got. So think about what you are prepared to change and change at a rate you are comfortable with.
7. Are you a friend to yourself?
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy by offering an endless stream of criticism rather than encouragement. Give yourself a pat on the back for everything you do well and accept any set-backs – just make sure you learn from your mistakes.
8. Are you patient with yourself?
Weight loss rarely happens on a straight path. You may find you lose a lot at the beginning as you often shed excess water then. You may hit one or more times where you lose hardly anything at all despite your best efforts. Nothing that was worth achieving was arrived at overnight. Just keep on keeping on.
9. Have you put your life on hold because of your size?
You only have one life so don’t wait to get slim before you enjoy it. Whatever you want, go for it now, and let being slim be the icing on the cake. Goals don’t suddenly become reality because you reach your target weight. Why wait? Make eating out of boredom a thing of the past.
10. Do you value yourself enough?
You are unique and very special whatever your size. You are not perfect and neither is anyone one else but you are perfectly human. Value your personality, your life, your ambitions, your skills and, yes, even your body that does so much for you despite all the abuse you give it with junk food and no exercise. Learn to respect yourself and your body and give yourself the care you so richly deserve.
Copyright 2005, Janice Elizabeth Small
Janice Elizabeth is a weight loss coach, slimming club owner and author of “The Diet Exit Plan”, an 8 week coaching program for automatic permanent weight loss. Get her FREE 15 page report “How to lose weight without dieting – 7 secrets the diet industry doesn’t want you to know” at http://www.SimplySlimming.com TODAY!