First, A Little Background Story
Recently I was able to enjoy a day with an old college friend. I spent time lamenting to her that time, stress, injury, and poor planning had caught up with me, and I was back at my college weight (which was the heaviest I have ever been). While I'm technically still at a "healthy" weight, I know that my habits are going to catch up with me if I don’t make an effort to change. I have already become dissatisfied with my appearance, and can physically feel the effects of the extra pounds. Truthfully, when I was talking to her, I realized that I sounded a lot like the clients that come see me. I just needed some direction.
My Weight Loss Journey is Your Gain
That conversation led to my decision to embark on a health and weight loss journey throughout the next several months, and get myself back on track. In doing so, I’ll be sharing my experiences and insights with you, in the hope that you all can benefit from what I've learned. I’ll be tackling a plethora of different topics as I post, such as: how many calories to eat, how to track your progress, and if using tools like fasting or the ketogenic diet can help (spoiler alert: it depends).
Where To Start? With Just One Step. And Then Another.
Yes, weight loss can be hard. But it can be much easier than you think, if you're prepared and know where to start.
First and foremost: SET A GOAL!
This is the fun part. Ask yourself these three things: Where do you want to be? When do you want to be there? And how will you know when you've gotten there?
Secondly: Find a way to STAY ACCOUNTABLE!
Most people prefer to stay accountable to others, but self-accountability works, too.
And Thirdly, FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR YOU!
The right tools- what does this even mean?!? I have so many of these "tools" to share with you in future posts. But to start with, think about which weight-loss strategy (or strategies) would best fit your needs.
The Fourth, Final, and Most Important Step: START IMMEDIATELY.
If you set a future start date, not only your progress will be delayed until then, but you’ll also likely fall victim to the mentality of “I have to enjoy myself now because I won’t be able to soon.”
Another Personal Anecdote
This past Sunday, I found myself wandering the candy aisle at CVS thinking “I should buy myself something tasty today before I start.” I couldn’t decide what to buy, and realized it was because I didn’t want any of it. Yet I was just about to feed myself a bunch of sugar and calories that I didn’t need for no reason. This is an easy trap to fall into.
And it’s worse than you think. Not only does it mean that you probably will gain weight before you lose it (and then have more to lose), but it also makes it harder to start. The more you eat sugar, refined carbohydrates, and "junky" food in general, the more your body tends to crave those foods. Which means that binging on junk food before you change your eating habits will make it even harder to stick to those new habits
Go Ahead, Take the First Step to Regain Your Health!
Start as soon as you can. The quicker you start, the quicker you'll meet your goal! And you deserve to be where you want to be.
And of course, stay tuned for my future posts! Next up... The best approach to set your own health goal!