Weight loss is hard. There is no magic formula. There is no easy street. There is only hard work.
To be successful in weight loss, you not only have to change your diet and exercise habits; you also have to change how you think about food and your body.
That’s why so many people quit before they even start. They’re scared they won’t be able to accomplish their goals. They think they aren’t strong enough to do it.
But know this: you CAN do it.
You must buckle down and do the work, but it can be done. As long as you have the right tools, resources and mindset, you can find weight loss success.
Are you ready to get started with your weight loss journey? Before you begin, take a look at my five tips for getting on the right track.
1. Know your “why”
Close your eyes. Picture yourself in one year from now. How do you look? How do you feel? Who is that girl?
Your weight loss goals need to be more than just a number. What do you want out of your weight loss journey? More confidence? Higher self-esteem? While aesthetics are certainly a big motivator, that can’t be the only thing your journey is about.
Think about your non-scale goals. Maybe you want to run a marathon. Maybe you want to look and feel great on your wedding day. Or maybe you want to fit into your high school jeans again (Beware: they may not be in style anymore).
Write all of these goals down. Put them somewhere you can see them every day. When the going gets tough, and trust me, it will be tough, you can look at your goals and let them remind you why you started this journey in the first place.
Are you starting on your weight loss journey? Comment below and tell me your “why!”
2. Prepare your environment
So you’ve decided you’re ready to start your weight loss journey. But your house is full of cookies, chips and candy. What do you do? It can be tempting to eat it all. Otherwise it’ll go to waste, right? Girl, throw that junk in the trash. It’s not worth it. And that is not how you want to start your journey.
Rid yourself of any foods in your house that may be tempting RIGHT NOW. Don’t put it away for safekeeping. The minute weight loss gets hard, you’ll go looking for that food again. It’s better if it’s not even there.
Start with a clean slate. Stock up on healthy essentials, like fresh produce and healthy snacks. Make sure everything is easily accessible so when a craving hits, you’re prepared.
3. Find support
Don’t keep your weight loss journey a secret. Let the people in your life know your plans. They’ll probably be more than happy to help you.
If you can, find a partner. Whether it’s your significant other, your mom, your best friend or a co-worker, find someone who is looking to start their own weight loss journey. Doing it together will allow you to hold each other accountable and you’ll have a higher chance of success.
There will come a time when you need someone to talk to and lean on. This is when having a partner there for help and support is invaluable. When challenges arise, you’ll be able to face them head on and work through them instead of bowing out and running away.
Online weight loss communities are great for support too. Seek out Instagrammers, YouTubers, bloggers and others who are talking about weight loss topics that interest you. So many people are on the same journey. Seeing someone else’s progress can be extremely motivating. But be careful not to compare yourself to others.
4. Have a plan
Preparation shouldn’t start on the morning of day one. Deciding to lose weight is just one piece. You need to come up with a plan to lose that weight.
Come up with a meal plan. If planning out all of your meals overwhelms you, start with planning your dinners for the week. Prep some ingredients in advance or even the full meals, so that later in the week you aren’t scrambling to pull things together.
Pack your lunch for work at night instead of the morning, and make a point to bring something from home. If you have your meal prepared, you’ll be less likely to hit up the closest fast food joint.
Plan your workouts for the week too. Decide what days you will work out and what you will do on those days. Knowing exactly what you’re going to do, and writing it down, will make it so much more likely for you to do it.
5. Track, Track and Track
Start a food journal and record every single thing you eat. You can do this with good old-fashioned pen and paper, or use an online application, like MyFitnessPal. Counting calories will help you better understand the value of the food you’re eating and help you learn correct portion sizes.
Not sure how many calories you should be eating? Online calculators make it easy to figure out. When you boil it down, weight loss can be simplified to calories in and calories out. As long as you’re burning more calories than you’re consuming, you’ll lose weight.
What are some of the ways you’ve prepared for your weight loss journey? Let me know your top tips!