What Do I Do Now?
To make any diet a successful one, you need to be committed to it. Only with a right mind set can you reach success. To prepare yourself, you need to know what stage you are in before you can
move on the next stage of your diet. It might not be obvious but it is there
The First stage is pre-contemplation
You do not see yourself as being over weight. You do not feel like changing yourself. Only
strong pressure will lead you to seek help. But then you would
resist and just be demoralized as you see your own situation as hopeless.
Second is contemplation.
This is where you acknowledge that you have an over weight problem and start to think of a solution.
But you are not willing to perform that solution. You would just
brood over it, knowing what actions to take to make a change but
never ready to do so. You will procrastinate about performing the solution.
Third is preparation.
You've finally decided to do something about your overweight problem. You move on from brooding about your problem to realizing your solution. You would also start to think
about the future where you are slimmer and feeling much healthier.
But at this stage you are not fully resolved yet. You would still have
second thoughts about the solution as it requires you to change your lifestyle.
Fourth is action.
You start to take action in losing weight. You would start choosing the food you eat and do some form of exercise every day. It is the first step in achieving your targeted goal.
You should always set goals when losing weight. If you don't set
your goals, then it's very possible that your whole dieting plan
might not go the way you imagine it.
Persisting Through Failure
If you want to commit to losing weight, then you need to be able to persist through failure. Everyone who has accomplished something of note has struggled with failure at one or more points in their
ascent. The difference is they didn't quit when it got tough,
persisted through it and learned a lesson.
When the going gets tough
Those are the two keys in dealing with failure. You must persist and learn.
If you slip on your diet, or miss a day of exercise, don’t fret about it. Don’t let it derail you. Push it from your mind. Focus on all your positive days, not the one slip up. Remember it is all about
living a healthy lifestyle, the more good days add up and before you know it bad days become few and far between. But the trick is to keep going and push through the bad days. Treat it as a cheat
day and move on. This is how you persist, failing for a day is OK,
just don’t let that day stretch into a week and then a month. You have to accept failures as natural and develop a tough mental state to deal with them. The second step is to learn from your mistakes.
Quite often learning from your mistakes will be more efficient than learning
from your successes. When you fail, treat it as a lesson learned. it is just like in business, when you fail at something, you learn the things that don’t work. This is the same with weight loss. If you
have slipped off your new diet every time you drink, then maybe
you avoid drinking. If you realize that every Friday you miss out on
exercise because of a late work meeting then reschedule your workout.
Maintaining a Daily Schedule
The next step in planning your weight loss goals is to set up a daily schedule for yourself. You need to decide when the best time for you to exercise is. For instance, if you are not a morning person,
getting up two hours earlier than you are used to is probably not a good plan because you are likely to miss many mornings. At the same time, if your job causes you to work late into the
evenings frequently, scheduling your workouts for after work is not a wise idea either. You can also schedule out your meals, including the times you eat each day, and schedule out what your meals will
be. The best thing to do is to schedule them out for a week at a time, and make a list and stick to it, so when you go shopping you will not be as tempted to impulse buy or stray off of your diet.
Lose More Weight
By keeping yourself on a schedule, you will tend to lose more weight in the end because you will be likely to not miss any workouts (or very, very few in the long run). If you
keep going back and forth and missing your workouts, or skipping a
meal and confusing your body’s metabolism, you will have a much
harder time maintaining a steady rate of weight loss.
Please Remember “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”
Good luck And Take Care Till Next Time David