I have always said in the past that 3 of the most important points to remember for weight loss, weight management, muscle building, fitness success is PATIENCE, CONSISTENCY AND THE FOOD PORTION. I still stick by that! It takes time to lose weight – a lot longer than to put it on! You have to commit for life. This is not a “I am going to go on a diet, lose weight and then go back to eating the way that had you put on unwanted pounds”. It does not work that way. This is a lifestyle – one you create that works FOR YOU for life!
So, yes, the above is IMPORTANT PERIOD!
What I would like to discuss below is 3 of the most important things you need to remember once you start your weight loss effort & exercise routine:
1. DO NOT TRY TO DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE! This is a sure fire way to getting yourself discouraged for not being able to do it all. Set realistic expectations that take you from beginner to intermediate to advanced. Trying to start at intermediate or higher and/or doing too much too soon may lead to injury as well. Patience! IT TAKES TIME! There is no quick fix that reduces weight & body fat plus puts on muscle safely. DO NOT FALL FOR ALL THE CRAZY ADVERTISEMENTS THAT FLOOD THE MARKET IN JANUARY! Do it right the first time & keep the weight off & the muscle on for life!
2. DO NOT TRY TO DO EVERY CHALLENGE YOU SEE ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK! Listen, you are going to see a ton of challenges come January – The 1000 push-ups a week or 100 jumping jacks a day or the 21 day cleanse or this or that diet plan depending on the person’s goals that represents that diet plan.
TAKE A STEP BACK! What is right FOR YOU??? Think this through! Can you live with that program for life? Is it even feasible to do with your lifestyle – work, kids, obligations. Do you even like the food on the plan? Will it lead to injury? I know it is hard BUT taking it slower, learning to eat cleaner & healthier in baby steps to give your body & taste buds time to adjust works better long term. Not only that, you learn what does & does not work for you if you take it in incremental steps vs. all at once. This goes for exercise & food.
Think through these challenges! I personally have never done challenges. It has always been me finding what is right for me & tweaking it through the years. I learn from others but that does not mean doing everything they do just because they do it. Nothing wrong with challenges – just pick what you like AND do not do all at once!
3. – DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS!!!! THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE!!!! If there ever was a recipe for disaster – this is it!
The old saying – comparison is the thief of joy and/or happiness. At any point in your journey of life or weight loss or anything – stay away from that comparison. I have fallen victim to this one too many times to count! I still slip up! It is hard not to at times, especially when life gets rough and hard for you. Keep these quotes in mind.
Anything to add? I could have written a lot more but I am trying not to overwhelm anyone! 🙂