First thing’s first. From my experience (and I know this for a fact), weight is not permanent. I mean, the particular number I had when I weighed in this morning before breakfast More »
Time and again, I face the mirror to talk to myself, “Okay, now you lost weight! Great! But are you feeling great, too?” I know that achieving the delicate balance between maintaining More »
Seriously, I made it a point to make my weight loss program fun since it’s more fun and fit to lose weight this way for me. The good news is – it works!
Joining the Group
The first thing that really helped me get on the right track of my fun weight loss program is when I joined a group with that specific goal in mind. The regulars of the group are five on a good session day. We have a great trainer who just made it a point that losing fat must be fun, must not require those strict and strenuous workouts and must be able to expand my horizons, so to speak. Meaning, I get to meet new people which are basically on the same boat like me. And, guess what, with all our collective weight, the boat isn’t sinking at all!
More Fun with a Friend
Of course, I met my new best friend when I joined the group and we started to plan our programs together. What’s really fun is we made surprise visits to each other’s home, making sure to check out the fridge for any food that’s not supposed to be there. And, really, I have not only found a best friend with whom I can do my weight loss program, I also found the perfect “partner in crime” with whom I can share my “food sins” with.
Time Flies when I’m having Fun
Not only does time fly when I’m having fun, unwanted fat burns, no-no foods get dumped and friends multiply, too! So aside from the fun and fit group I joined, I and my best friend decided to put up our fun and fit group for losing weight. And guess what? For the first day, we’re full!
First thing’s first. From my experience (and I know this for a fact), weight is not permanent. I mean, the particular number I had when I weighed in this morning before breakfast wouldn’t really be the same one when I get home from work this evening. Depending on what happened in between those two time terminals, I either lost or gained a few ounces.
The fact that my weight is something that constantly fluctuates and has to be maintained made me realize the importance of keeping myself motivated or to find motivation to lose weight, especially during tempting times. So for the past week, I put myself on a mission to gather and list down some tips on how I can push myself to lose weight by hook or by crook.
Every Time is the Right Time for Losing Weight
The more I researched about weight loss tips and programs online, and the more I read health and fitness books, I found one common thread – the right time to start losing weight all depends on the person concerned. With this discovery, I found myself very much correct in considering motivation as the fuel which should pump-prime or jump-start any weight loss diet and program.
The All-important Question: Want or Need?
The capacity to answer the question whether I badly needed or just wanted to lose weight for its own sake dawned on me when I first started to do my research online. The various blog sites on weight loss absolutely inundated me and I somehow found myself deluged with so many information I didn’t really know where to start.
That’s when I realized that I cannot do this weight loss thing without asking myself why I’m doing it. This means part of the motivation process I have for myself to lose unwanted fat is by setting my priorities right also.
The Plan is the Partner
Some of the weight loss programs I searched require from me to have a partner – a friend, a co-worker or a loved one – who will be my constant guide and devil’s advocate in keeping myself motivated to lose weight. This is, of course, a great idea. But my partner wouldn’t be there for me all the time. What I’ve surmised, however, is that eventually the constant partner I can have for my weight loss program is the plan itself.
This is why I found myself listing down the things I need to do and the diet that will ideally fit me and my lifestyle. I discovered that preparing myself, my mind set, my weight loss diet and other related things are exactly the same things I do when I prepare a meal – methodical, carefully, keeping everything in check. Planning definitely works for me as part of my motivation process.
Don’t be a Try-hard
I recently read a blog which opened my eyes when it comes to losing weight. It clearly said that if you feel you’re trying hard to maintain your weight loss program or diet, then something must be wrong because losing weight is a long-term thing. I felt myself nodding in agreement when I realized that my weight loss program is just what it is – a program! Somehow, I now understand that in order to make this work and keep myself motivated, I have to be flexible about the whole idea.
As I remembered my dad saying to me, “You don’t need a full tank to drive your car. You’ll just need enough gas to get you from point A to point B”. And my father’s absolutely correct, because my weight loss program is supposed to be about me and my own body’s capacity, I don’t need to try hard to lose weight, I just have to learn and understand my own off and on days, peak and down hours for my program.
Other Motivational Tips to Lose Weight
I found that setting small goals for myself and keeping myself focus on them keeps the fire of my motivation burning (and my unwanted fat burning away, too). Also, a healthy breakfast and good exercise are important parts of losing weight and of my daily motivation, too.
Time and again, I face the mirror to talk to myself, “Okay, now you lost weight! Great! But are you feeling great, too?”
I know that achieving the delicate balance between maintaining a weight loss diet or program and staying fit and healthy is one of the greatest mysteries in life I have to solve for myself. Fortunately for me, I have listed down some of the tips I’ve learned and used which kept my weight as well as my fitness in perfect harmony.
I always kept an updated record of my weight gains and losses. This veritably helps me know if I’m still on manageable track or I’ve steered completely off-course and need a drastic turn-around. Suffice to say that such information comes in handy for my own weight loss plans and keeps me conscious of my own state of health too.
Small Baby Steps First
Setting goals which will build on bigger goals later on helps me stay focused and concentrated on my program. This also keeps my motivation since the goal I’ve set for myself is more simple and easy to follow rather than taking those unrealistic time-bound programs. Even by the hour, by the day or by the week, I’ve set myself goals which are attainable. This keeps me sensitive to any change or fluctuation in my physical health.
The Network Works
Keeping my friends and loved ones supportive with what I’m doing is very important for my weight loss program. Besides, they are the first one to notice if I’m physically down with my energy or being mentally bogged down. The help I get from the people around is enormous and makes me maintain a weight loss diet that’s practical and that’s supposed to make me more loving and adorable to my friends and loved ones.
I found that the best way to make my weight loss diet work and still stay healthy is to just try out what works and what doesn’t work for me. The experiences I get are so much valuable for my own learning curve and it helps me make a holistic approach to my program. After all, without understanding first-hand what I read online or in a fitness book, I cannot discover what will be the optimal way for me to lose weight and still improve my own health and fitness.
The Importance of Breakfast
The importance of breakfast as the central weight loss diet meal as well as the core of my nutrition program cannot be understated. As I’ve mentioned time and again with many people, especially my friends, co-employees and loved ones, breakfast makes me start the day right because it prepares my body and my mind for the daily unpredictables which can either make or break both my weight loss plan or my health altogether.
Sleep and Weight Loss
I’ve found out for myself that sleep and weight loss is directly related since during those times I did not get my usual hours of sleep, I gained weight drastically. From then on, I’ve always told myself that sleep is just as important as the food my body takes in each and every day.