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Start Where You Are

When it comes to weight loss, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture. You might have a significant amount of weight you want to lose or a long journey ahead of you, but it’s essential to remember that starting where you are, using what you have, and doing what you can is the best way to begin.

Starting where you are means accepting your current situation without judgment or criticism. It’s easy to get discouraged when you think about how far you have to go, but the truth is that every step counts. So start small and celebrate every victory, no matter how small it may seem.

Using what you have means working with the resources you already have at your disposal. You don’t need a fancy gym membership or expensive equipment to start getting healthier. You can take a walk outside, do bodyweight exercises at home, or cook a healthy meal with the ingredients you have on hand.

Doing what you can means taking action, even if it’s just a small step. Every day is an opportunity to make progress, whether it’s by making healthier food choices, getting more exercise, or practicing mindfulness and self-care.

Remember, weight loss is a journey, not a destination, and it’s essential to focus on progress, not perfection. By starting where you are, using what you have, and doing what you can, you can make meaningful changes that will benefit your health and well-being for years to come. So take that first step today, and keep moving forward, one small step at a time.

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Get Out of Your Way!

Overcome your excuses.

Back to talking about matters that delay you from achieving your weight loss goals. We’ve already examined that your mind has to be ready, you must be mentally ‘THERE’. Ready to discuss another big obstacle?

2) You’re giving yourself excuses.

Yep. Whether it’s unintentional or purposefully, everyone does it. Trust me, I can talk myself out of ‘dieting’ all year long!

“I can’t start my diet today because it’s Rhonda’s Baby Shower next Thursday and I know Aunt Betty is going to make her famous potato salad. What’s the point in starting now if I know I’m going to eat that? Oh, Jack + Amy’s wedding is in 2 weeks. I’ll start after that. Wait…we’re gonna be in Florida for a week visiting my parents the week after. I know they’re going to want to eat out every night so I can’t start until after we return. Then, ugh…I just realized that our daughter’s birthday is the 20th and we’ll be having people over. No one wants diet food for a birthday party, plus there’s cake and ice cream. I’ll just have to wait until the first of the month. Well hang on a minute, that’s a Friday and I’m meeting up with my girlfriends. I know we’ll be drinking some adult beverages for our GNO so I’ll just hold off until the following Monday.”

See what happened? A whole month just flew by because of random occasions that could be used as an excuse. I know you’ve been there, too. It just sounds way more ridiculous coming from someone else’s mouth. 😉

C’mon… let’s go back to the last post. Be honest with yourself. Where do those excuses leave you? Unhealthy, fatigued, grumpy, bloated, and discouraged with myself that you haven’t followed through.

Understand that there will ALWAYS be holidays, vacations, birthdays, special occasions, get-togethers, etc. Is there one full month where you have absolutely nothing going on in your life?? I already know the answer. And so do you. There is never going to be a time where you won’t have the opportunity to delay initiating better health habits.

And more times than not, overeating occurs in anticipation of the dreaded upcoming ‘diet’. In that respect, giving yourself excuses is actually working against you causing you to eat more and gain weight.

Stop using these events as rationalizations from being committed to yourself and reaching your weight loss goals. Get out of your way!

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Weight Loss Begins with the Mind

Diet. I completely loathe that word.

There’s something about the thought of going on a ‘diet’ that makes me absolutely nauseous. Maybe it’s because I remember in vivid detail how I felt each time I would start the latest “all the rage” diet, mapping out a brand-new beginning for myself. I would foolishly yet optimistically hope that this diet was going to be ‘the one’. I assumed that fad diets would fix everything if I just found ‘the one’. It was going to be as simple as eating certain foods, at certain times of the day, for a certain amount of time and voila! My weight problems would be solved.

The truth is we have been programmed by society to associate the word ‘diet’ with restrictions, deprivation, hunger, and dissatisfaction. However, the literal definition of the word diet is “the type of foods that a person, family, or community habitually consume as a way of living”. It is nothing more than mere nourishment needed to survive. It’s not a dirty word, it’s not even a remotely negative word. But let’s be honest, in regards to how WE actually perceive the word….DIETS suck. RESTRICTIONS suck. HUNGER sucks.

So let’s talk about it.

My first few blog posts will discuss some issues that can hinder you from reaching your weight loss goals.

1) You’re not ready.

Like I said on my home page, weight loss starts with your MIND. I don’t mean just thinking to yourself, “I want to lose some weight”. Your mind must be ‘THERE. I know you know what I mean. It simply has to be THERE. Mental preparation is vitally important to your success. If you’re not mentally on the same page as your body, you will likely not get the lasting results you desire.

How do you know you’re mentally prepared and your mind is ‘THERE’? You are dedicated to working towards your weight loss, and continue working, no matter what. It’s a struggle, it won’t be easy, and you need to be ready to accept the challenge. You are willing to forge a commitment of being honest with yourself and refuse to flounder once and for all.

That commitment entails that you are going to be your biggest cheerleader instead of your worst critic. Negative self-talk sets you up for failure, guilt, and lower self-worth. Choose to focus on your accomplishments rather than your failures and it will lead to more positive results. It’s a fact proven by scientific research! Be filled with positivity because your thoughts do influence your actions. If your mind’s not in it, you won’t get far.

I’ll say it again for the people in the back: Weight loss begins with the MIND.