Being prepared mentally when it comes to weight loss is one of the most important steps in the process, I have come to realize. Trying to lose weight when you are in the wrong state of mind is kind of like trying to run in quicksand… you are pushing your way through, but not really getting anywhere.
Being mentally prepared also means that you will be much more likely to stick to it when you get to your target weight.
Most dieters understand the benefits of being mentally prepared, but are not sure how to actually do it. A lot of losing weight is a mind set. Here are some tips on how to mentally prepare for weight loss:
Go ahead and accept the bumps in the road
Weight loss is very rarely a process without any setbacks. This is easy advice to give to someone else, but hard to accept for ourselves. We naturally want the process to be as smooth and easy as possible. Unfortunately, weight loss is not really like that. There are ups and downs that you simply can’t avoid. Accepting that going in will help you to be more accepting of yourself.
Work just as hard on your self talk as you do on your waistline
The words we say to ourselves are often tragic and we do untold damage to ourselves with little comments that seem harmless. Pay attention to what you say to yourself and be aware of that little inner voice. When you are harsh on yourself and say things that are not nice, correct yourself. Eventually you become more aware of what you are doing and can learn to speak properly to yourself. Would you speak to your best friend like that?
Make goals you can actually reach
Setting yourself up for failure is not going to build character, boost your confidence or make you want to try harder. You know your long term goals and you know your short term goals, but you need to set them up in increments.
Short and quick goals are powerful for a weight loss plan. Set reasonable goals and don’t make them all about the scale. Set your goals in activity levels, exercise marks and food goals. These are goals that are in your control. Your weight is going to fluctuate wildly at times and not necessarily be reflective of the work you have done. A goal journal or goal planner is a good way to track your goals.
Spend some time with what is motivating you
If you are motivated because you want to live a longer life or because of health reasons, spend some time with that. Think about what it would be like to miss out on your kid’s events and milestones. Allow yourself to truly understand what it is that is motivating you. The last thing you want is to lose focus along the way.
Set up visual reminders of how far you have come
If you have some pictures of you before you lost some weight, keep them in places that you go every day. No need to put them out for everyone else…just in places that you will see them. It helps to be reminded of where we came from and where we want to go. Don’t grovel in it by any means. Just post some reminders in places that you know you will bump into them on occasion.
A visual board or visual planner can help, too.
I know from personal experience how tough it is to lose weight, especially as we get older… trust me, I’m struggling with it right now. But I think the above tips will help me, and hopefully YOU, to win our struggles over weight loss.
Here are a few weight loss programs that I’ve either used personally or a family member or close friend has used and has worked, if you’d like to try one for yourself: Pro-Form 30-Day Total Body Makeover, alli Weight Loss Aid, and Herbalife Ultimate Program.