You can weed through the millions of different ways to lose weight from the apple cider vinegar craze to even surgery, but if you don’t want to travel down the weight loss rabbit hole, we’d like to offer up some guidance.
It’s a tough road and whether it was becoming super winded playing with your energetic toddler at the park , or a trip to Old Navy for the dreaded swimsuit shopping that’s got you motivated, it’s a road you’ve decided to go down.
There’s never just ONE diet plan or type of exercise schedule that is attributed to one’s health or weight loss, but lots of factors play a part. That’s why we want you to remember: mentality, motivation, and movement. They will help you navigate your weight loss journey in a natural and healthy way.
Ok, you’re ready to charge up weight loss mountain and get your rear in shape. You’ve researched the perfect plan for yourself, but a couple of Mondays later, you step off that scale frustrated and disappointed. You’ve already lost heart, and it’s sunk to the bottom of the ocean right along with that heart necklace from Titanic.
Losing weight fast seems so simple, right? Read the steps. Follow the directions. Poof. The pounds should melt off in a snap! The thing is, it IS simple, but it’s mentally and psychologically complex. That’s where the biggest problems lie.
What you have to understand is when you struggle and win, then struggle some more and win some more, you start to get what it’s about. It’s not a perfect formula. It’s a process and pounds lost don’t necessarily equate to happiness. Your life habits are what change you from the inside out, so finding a healthy and balanced lifestyle will ultimately bring you the peace you’re looking for. Your mind just needs to get on board.
Committing to something is a huge step no matter if it’s losing weight or buying a house. Make your commitment and write it down where you can see it every day. This is fuel for your fire. If it’s your mirror so be it, whatever it takes to force yourself to look at your goals every single day. Maybe you want to be able to play soccer with your little boy at the park without nearly dropping to your knees out of breath or conquer that simple flight of stairs at your work without huffing and puffing the whole way. Your goals are your goals, but you have to keep them in front of you.
Building your support system is another building block to your motivation. Don’t be around people who are only going to give you lip service. Ultimately it’s up to you if you eat the cake, drink the soda and lounge on the couch, but accountability and encouragement can push you to do your best. You CAN do this!
We’ve heard it our whole lives, haven’t we? Diet & Exercise. Exercise & Diet. They pretty much go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s true. The food we eat is crucial to our health, but our daily activity is right there with it. Sure, you could do one without the other and achieve some results, but it wouldn’t be a fully balanced picture.
Aside from physical exercise helping to shed those lifestyle, after-baby, or holiday pounds, it also helps in the grand scheme of your overall health. Keep that blood flowing by moving around throughout your day. Don’t just sit at your desk or stay static on your couch. Walk around. Stretch. Do simple squats. Go for a family bike ride. Just keep moving!
You’ve done it. You’ve made up your mind to move past your struggle into a lifestyle built on healthy habits. Now we want to arm you with the tools to make it easier.