Here is the million dollar question that I ask anyone who wants to work with me? Why do you really want to lose weight? Trust me most people do not have a very good or compelling reason to get rid of the weight that they are carrying around. I often ask if their desire to get rid of access fat is only connected to events, to look good for a special day; meet their weight loss goals before the New Years Resolution deadline approaches or perhaps attend a family event, class reunion to have everyone in the room give them compliments on how absolutely fantastic they look.
Yes, those reason may at first “feel” extremely motivating, getting your juices flowing to tackle your goals but here is something to consider, rather than focusing on losing weight for an event, try releasing weight, the stuff that keeps you regain that last 15 pounds, simply because you are worth it! I will explain in a second but first let me ask you, my reader this question, why do you want to let go of the excess pounds? Do you know your “Why?” are you connected to it? Do you believe in it? Is it passionate, strong enough to get you through when LIFE shows up? Having a powerful juicy WHY is important, it helps you connect with yourself, your true desires, wants, needs and gives you a starting point, but if your “why” for weight loss isn’t compelling and your goals involve “too fit into my skinny jeans for my 20th class reunion” that goal right there alone will not be enough to help you keep the weight off after that day has ended.
Sure, you may look fabulous for your 20th high school reunion or at your family’s Thanksgiving Day or Christmas celebration, but will you be able to maintain that weight loss once your event has ended and the lights are turned off? Or will that “loss” find its way back to your hips, butt and thighs? Chances are you will most likely go back to your old ways and gain your weight back. This is why I invite you to ditch the weight loss process and embrace an amazing journey of weight release so you can stop weight regain dead in its tracks.
Releasing weight – because you’re worth it – gives you a permanent reason to shed those pounds and keep them off! Deciding to release weight for yourself rather than for anyone else or any other reason, is the best reason in the world!
Listed below are tips to help you meet your goals, follow them, stick with them and enjoy your new healthy body!
1- Create your action plan- This is not the time to wing it. You have taken the time to dig deep and discover the real reasons you want to release weight, it’s time to create a powerful plan that will help you get to your goals. Make sure you include in your plan the following:
Specific, measurable goals that are also reasonable and attainable for you
A time frame (you need deadlines, so critical)
Steps you can take each day to achieve your goals (this is your roadmap, your GPS to success)
2- Set small, attainable goals and be OKAY with them- Yes you may ultimately want to release let’s say 20-50 pounds, be completely okay that you won’t reach that over night on in 30 days, that will be a complete set up. Instead set smaller goals such as 5 to 7 pounds a month. It’s recommended that sustainable weight reduction should be no more than two pounds a week.
3- Find support- My success in keeping the weight off was purely because I received support. I strongly encourage you to do the same. Your chances of succeeding will be greater if you have the help of a friend or health coach/ mentor that will keep you on track when you feel discouraged.
4- Choose foods that are as close to nature as possible- Not just choose foods that are close to nature but take time to understand how all foods affect your body. We are not talking about deprivation or denying certain foods but understanding what you are putting into your body, how it affects it and why.
5- Find a sport or activity you can enjoy that will get you moving- You don’t have to spend hours and hours in a gym, unless that’s what you choose to do. Simply find a fitness program that gets you excited, challenges you so you can stick with it. Also if you can do an intense form of exercise for as little as twenty minutes, it will help you reach your goals.
6- Celebrate your success no matter how small- Now celebration doesn’t meet “eat”, you can choose rewards that makes you smile and will keep you motivated to claim your next reward.
7- Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day or even blow your diet completely. You’re only human! Instead of obsessing and stressing yourself over it, tell yourself that you’re worth the effort to release weight and that you can do it. Start fresh the next day.
Be patient. Remember that you didn’t gain the weight overnight. You can’t be expected to lose it quickly, either. Your best course of action is consistency. Keep on track and the weight will come off and stay off!
To your Health,
Ange Anglade, MSW, CHHC