4 Simple Rules for Weight Loss Success
If so, it can feel like you’ll never lose the weight.
Never see the number on the scale lower.
Never fit back into your skinny jeans.
Never feel good about the woman you see looking back at you in the mirror.
I’ve been there — stuck there — before. So we both know it can be a downright emotionally and mentally devastating place to be in.
The truth of the matter is that you need a little bit of patience to see visible and lasting change.
Decades ago I had none of it at the start of my own weight loss journey.
And ultimately I never got the results I was looking for. And the only things I was losing along the way were self esteem and confidence. I was beating myself up for continually failing to lose the weight I so desperately wanted to get rid of.
And to make matters worse, all of the negativity I created around my weight loss attempts spilled over to other areas of my life. I lived for exercise and diet – and almost forgot anything else existed.
But that all changed in my 30′s when I decided to change my perspective on weight loss.
Because making a change in your mindset — no matter what type of struggle you find yourself in — is one of the most crucial steps you can take towards making lasting changes in your life.
So here are the 4 rules that I promised myself I would follow no matter what kind of weight loss program I was going to try:
1. No Guilt.
Following an exercise and diet program can feel overwhelming. Especially if you don’t like to workout … are prone to giving into hunger cravings … and live a busy life.
So, it’s very easy to “fall of the wagon” while following a program. And it’s very easy to feel guilty and constantly blame yourself for these trip-ups.
But I promised myself that if I made a mistake I would not feel guilty or sorry for myself.
It doesn’t help, what’s done is done. Going over and over the mistakes only marks your road to successful weight loss with negativity.
And negativity does nothing but push you further and further away from success.
What matters is, moving on….
2. No Quitting.
Growth and change are hard.
But nothing is as hard to live with as staying stuck somewhere you know you don’t belong.
So I promised myself that every time I tripped up, made a mistake, and fell off the wagon that I would dust myself off and get right back on.
Every. Single. Time.
I would not give up and go back to the familiar patterns that caused me so much pain.
I was worth so much more and deserved so much more.
3. No Deprivation (or Making Up for Mistakes)
I promised myself that I would not try to make up for my mistakes when I made them.
Now I know that may sound kind of strange. It’s only natural to want to correct a mistake you’ve made. But hear me out …
If you overindulge in dessert or miss a workout or two you can easily get caught in the mindset of having to “make up for it” by starving yourself or doing endless bouts of excessive exercise.
However, going on a super restrictive diet to make up for eating too much the day before is a surefire way to fall back in the cycle of yo-yo dieting (and weight fluctuation). Not too mention it’s a miserable way to live.
No, I would definitely get off the ‘hamster wheel’ of yo-yo dieting.
And finally, and very importantly…
4. Focus On Life – One Day at a Time.
Stop going nuts over food, exercise and your body … and start going nuts over your life and doing good things for YOU, each and every day.
Quite often I find — as was certainly the case with myself — that a woman’s hang-ups about her body are the #1 thing that is preventing her from reaching the results she desires.
Once you start being more kind to yourself and giving yourself permission to treat yourself right and enjoy the things that you do, you will start to find that your body image issues take on a much lower priority.
And you discover positive things about yourself that you either had never known or had simply forgotten about … due to all the time you spent focused on what your body did or didn’t look like.
Ask yourself questions like “Did I make good choices today? If so, how? If not, what will I do better tomorrow?”
And you’ll find, if you start making these behavioral changes, you’ll find that your body starts to change too!
I followed these simple, but important, rules because I knew that if I failed myself again I would never forgive myself. And I would stay locked away in destructive old patterns that I didn’t deserve.
Once I changed my perspective on the road to successful weight loss, my whole outlook on life changed.
I experienced changes that I never thought were possible. And many of them didn’t even relate to losing weight.
I became more outgoing and confident. More energized. More motivated. And much more at peace with the woman that I am.
Simply put — I was living the best life possible … I started helping other people through their own weight loss challenges and I was loving it!
And I know that following these simple rules, and applying them right now to your current diet and exercise programs, can have the same profound benefits for you.
Many of you know that I’m going through a bit of a self-discovery phase myself right now – or a re self-discovery phase if you like. Mine isn’t anything to do with body weight, but the bottom line is the same. It’s all about doing good things for yourself, managing stress and taking one day at a time – and not thinking too far ahead into the future.
So what action will you take to treat yourself more kindly today?
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