So lots of folks are asking me for ‘tips’ on losing weight. I started my weight loss program two weeks before Christmas and right when the parties were gearing up. Some thought I was nuts – maybe – I have always been a little ‘odder’ then most. But my thought process was if I went into the holidays without a plan I would come out of it 5 or 6 pounds heavier. I couldn’t let that happen. I was already on the precipice of despair about my weight. Why start the new year even more unhappy?
I am so excited about the success I am having that I can’t help but post it on Facebook and that is what prompted a request for ‘tips’ from friends, family and associates. Don’t misunderstand, the posts are not to make others feel bad, weight management is a very personal challenge, but by telling people I am adding one more tool in my belt to help me succeed.
So to kick off the tips section keep in mind you must have 4 key elements for success: a goal, a plan, a system and a coach. The goal is not short-range but a goal for the rest of your life, the plan needs to be outlined in simple terms, the system must be easy to follow and the coach needs to be accessible, encouraging, upbeat and a confidante.
Tip #1 – You must figure out what you want out of life as it relates to food. OK raise your hand if you DON’T love food! Right, we all love food. Some foods we can’t resist. But if you are struggling with weight do you feel good after you have eaten that item you couldn’t resist? It tasted good while you were chewing but if you are like me you may feel guilt, remorse or indigestion in the hours following and then you make a conscious decision to push it out of your mind. As Scarlett would say ‘I’ll thing about that tomorrow’ but my tomorrow never came – until 3 weeks ago. I don’t want food to run my life and I don’t want it to add more ‘unwearable’ clothes to my already over-stocked closet.
Tip #2 – Don’t look at your plan as a diet. Diets don’t work in the long-term. And if your goal is long-term, which it should be, ditch the word diet. You need to develop or work with someone who can develop a system of weight management to help you shed the pounds and keep them off.
Tip #3 – Determine how many calories you are actually consuming in a day. WOW you could have knocked me over with a tractor (I am not the feather type) when I realized what was going in my mouth on a regular basis. It’s an eye opener and will help get you thinking about those changes you so desperately are yearning to make happen. I know looking up all those foods and calories is a pain but I have a tool that makes it easy to do.
Tip #4 – What do you want to achieve once you have control and change is happening? I overheard a lady today say she has a hot-air balloon ride planned in a few months but was afraid she might be too heavy. If you think your weight is holding you back from having fun and doing great activities with family and friends – it probably is. But really think about and jot down those things that you want to do and make that part of your life goal. About 14 years ago I went splunking and what petrified me was that I was going to get stuck in an opening because I had too much extra pounds. Will I ever splunk again? Probably not – but I don’t want to be scared of doing something because of my weight either. Life is too short.
Tip #5 – You must eat 6 times a day. You have heard it and read it many times, long gaps between meals is the worst thing you can do for you blood sugar and your weight management program. There is a history of diabetes in my family particularly on my father’s side. I didn’t pay much attention to it until recently after talking with friends about the insurance situation for diabetics and it hit me. I need to get my weight under control in order to prevent Type 2. But here’s the bad news even if there is no history in your family if you are carrying extra weight you are at risk. Eating nutritionally balanced meals 6 times a day will help prevent Type 2.
Remember – GPS + C (goal, plan, system + a coach)!
Happy New Year!