Weight loss is a very simple concept, and yet many people I meet already know what they need to do to achieve it. However, for seemingly various reasons, many don’t seem to be able to stay on track with their weight loss routine for too long. I believe they fail because they weren't ready to do what it takes in the first place.
Yeah, I sure did!
You see, it all boils down to getting yourself into the right mindset. There are many ways to approach the mindset topic and I appreciate that some people will be able to get there quicker than others. If you believe you can do something, and are willing to put in the hard work to actually achieve it, your weight loss results will come along nicely.
On the other hand, if you go into a plan half-assed, not exactly sure if it will work for you, not knowing what to expect or willing to grind for it, eventually you will give up.
Here is an easy to follow guide for you to decide whether you are ready to tackle your weight management issues. Many times just going through these steps will help people understand what it takes.
How do you start?
Through helping many of my coaching clients, I’ve discovered that eating the right amount and working out regularly are secondary to having the right mindset when it comes to crossing that finish line. Everyone knows that the simple weight loss recipe is to consume fewer calories than you burn. Most people are aware of how they can do this as well. But, not everyone is in the right mindset to apply these principles to their life.
That’s what this is all about; losing weight requires you to change the way you live your life for the rest of your life. That's a big commitment. There is that famous quote "doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity". So, you either accept the challenge and make the changes, or you accept that you will stay the way you are now until you ready for change.
You may be in a life situation where shaking up your routine would cause more stress than would have benefits or you simply are not ready to make the changes necessary to get the results desire. Trying to lose weight when you’re not truly ready can be a bad idea and result in repeated perceived failures that will knock down your confidence even more.
If you'd like to find out whether you are there yet, just ask yourself the following simple questions and be as honest as possible you can.
1. Are You Ready to Change?
To start, you should be looking at the bigger picture, rather than the instant future. Are you ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life? Do you understand what that means in the long run?
Getting organized, planning your days until your new habits become a routine, watching what, when and how much you eat, even though you don't have to count calories. Get yourself down to a gym or workout at home at least 3 times a week and generally make your choices in line with your future goals. This doesn't mean you can't ever have a treat again, or let yourself go on a night out, but you need to understand what lifestyle choices brought you to where you are now and how to cut back on those habits significantly.
This is where you need to be very honest with yourself. In this case, nobody else matters, not even your coach, but by setting your own expectations you can make your own life and that of others around you much easier and happier.
If you’re not, then you’re not ready - it’s as simple as that. Weight loss is something you need to maintain, it’s a way of life you need to stick to or else you’ll just go back to square one after a few months of being nice and lean! Save yourself that failure if you don't think you are ready to change.
2. Are you willing to change?
Next, you need to take responsibility for your actions. You have to be in the mindset that you are in control of everything you do, and no one else is. So, you’re responsible for eating well and exercising regularly. You can’t go pointing the finger at everyone else if you fall off the path!
Your willingness to change is about understanding that you commit to making the right choice even when you don't feel like it. It's kind of like being your own boss or parent in this matter and using your willpower and self-discipline to say NO to food, laziness and bad habits in general even when you feel like eating an extra cake or chugging down the third glass of wine.
3. Are you able to change?
Finally, you have to mentally prepare yourself for a tough battle. Weight loss is simple, but it’s rarely smooth sailing and I would definitely not class it as an easy process. You’ll experience setbacks, and if you’re not in the right mindset, they can derail you. Be prepared for a tough ride, and you can climb any hurdles and achieve your goals.
Besides assessing your mental ability to commit to your weight loss journey, you also need to assess whether you have the right tools and knowledge to do it. Often hiring an expert to help you with all the planning, taking out the guesswork and keeping you accountable can be the right choice so all you need to worry about is showing up, getting the work done and following instructions.
Mindset matters more than anything else when you want to lose weight. I’ll be going into this whole idea of getting into the right mindset during my free challenge so you can learn more about what it takes then. For now, think about all the questions asked in this post and see how you answer them. You may be surprised at how unprepared you are to tackle weight loss right now but fear no more, I am committed to help you get to the READY stage.
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.