You’ve probably heard the promise of a product or service that “offers simple ways to lose weight and keep it off” dozens of times, often relating to specific exercise programs and strict food plan. You may have even tried them. The problem is, if they work at all, the results are short lived before the pounds find their way back to you – rapidly, usually. So, why is that?
There is an essential missing piece of the puzzle, and without that piece, you’ll stay stuck on the hamster wheel of meal plans that aren’t sustainable. The missing piece is quite simple – you have to start with the basics. There’s a lot of work to do first and foremost with changing your intentions and shifting your mindset before the real results come to stay.
It’s difficult to stay motivated when the only goal you have in mind is a newer, slender you or an incredible beach bod. That may sound funny, but truthfully -- it’s not enough to keep you going. When you don’t attain that goal quickly enough, or you miss your workout two days in a row, you’ll be ready to throw in the towel. Because just wanting to be slim is not enough.
Does that sound familiar? You’re incredibly motivated in the beginning, but results don’t show up fast enough, so you drop the entire idea. To break this cycle, you need to find a different reason for wanting to change. Your intentions for the change must come from the desire to treat your body well, live a healthy, long life – and a love for your own body, instead of a fear of it. (Yikes, that’s a hard one, right?)
The foundations must be in place for lasting change to stay. You must learn to love yourself – right this moment, just as you are. Through this love, you will desire to eat healthier and move to nourish the body you have. Punishing yourself by eating strict foods you don’t enjoy, working yourself crazy at the gym, or gulping diet pills, shakes and supplements is not a healthy or sustainable way of achieving your ideal health.
The best way to start is with baby steps. Start with one, small step that you can build on. For example, reduce or eliminate soda pop and replace it with water. Do this for one week, and next week, choose another simple step to add. Before long, all of your unhealthy habits will be replaced with new, healthy ones… and you’ll be on your way to lasting change – once and for all.
Take action this week by asking a trusted friend, companion or health coach to provide ongoing support, encouragement and accountability for good days and bad. Keep in mind, there will be setbacks, but those set the stage for a comeback. Forward progress is still progress, regardless of the time it takes to achieve each of your goals.
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Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.