Losing weight always takes that extra grit and determination.
We usually set out with the best of intentions to get the results we want.
But, we get hit by unforeseen setbacks. So start now and develop that mental toughness you'll need to make it happen…
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When you decide you're going to lose weight, many obstacles seem to pop up to throw you off. Most of them originating from your own mind. The most important thing you must focus on is cultivating a strong mindset.
This will support you through the tough times on your weight loss journey. An optimum mindset is key to getting the results you're looking for.
1 – Take it easy and be patient
When you start the process of improving your mindset, you have to be patient. Realize that your desired outcome does take time. Many people are too easily discouraged. They want instant results from their diet and exercise routines.
If you want to create real change, realize that it's gradual rather than instantaneous. Quality always takes time!
2 – Go easy on yourself
To develop a strong mental attitude, you have to come to grips with underlying negative ideas you probably have about weight and self-perception. Let go of blaming yourself for your weight problems. That doesn't help.
Realize you don’t need to look a certain way to feel good about yourself. Feeling good about who you are should start now, even before you lose any weight.
One way to do this is to realize that your struggles are the result of modern life. Most people who struggle with weight in our culture have so much demanded of them on a daily basis that looking out for themselves has come to rank last in their priority list.
Understand that you’ve been pressured by society into neglecting yourself. Now is the time to create a self-care plan that focuses on small daily steps that add up to a larger result of self-development.
3 – Get your family and friends on board
The support of a friend to walk with you while you're trying to lose weight is highly recommended. You need to feel supported on your journey.
Those who embrace support succeed more often than those who don't. It's been said that a problem shared is half solved. So, share your burden and you'll be more likely to end up on top.
4 – Don't set unrealistic weight loss goals
Before you embark on your journey to weight loss, you need to set goals for what you plan to achieve within a certain time-frame. Some targets are way too pessimistic while others are impossibly optimistic. Don't do that.
On average, only four to eight pounds should be lost in a month. That means that annually, the maximum amount that you can expect to drop is between 48-96 pounds.
Any expectations you have that are above this rate are unrealistic. Be careful not to force your body beyond its limits. You'll give up that way.
5 – Don't forget to celebrate small achievements
Whenever you make a stride in the right direction, no matter how small, treat yourself to something you like, or that makes you happy. Other than eating of course.
Dress up and go to the movies. Pamper yourself at the salon as a gift for your achievement. This creates a good feeling and will inspire you to lose more weight.
6 – Design a realistic action plan
Excellent marathon runners don’t run the entire 26 miles on their first day of running. You have to start somewhere realistic.
Take small steps for dietary changes day by day, combined with an easy workout. Slowly build yourself up to more intense exercises.
If you try to take on a difficult challenge in the initial stages, you'll burn out in a few days and give up on achieving your goals. This is a common problem for people who want to improve themselves.
Losing the amount of weight you want can take some time. Your mindset is your best tool to give you the strength to fend off obstacles you'll encounter. Everyone has personal challenges they have to overcome.
When you refuse to define yourself by your challenges, you'll develop a stronger sense of self-worth and clarity on what needs to be done.
The amazing thing about these habits is that once you perfect them for weight loss, you can apply the same techniques to achieve everything else you aim for in life.
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