As a plus size fitness motivator, I understand how difficult it is to lose weight. Our society puts a LOT of emphasis on “perfect weight” making it that much more difficult for us bigger ladies (and men) to be able to actually lose weight. You’d think those numbers would motivate us, right? However, at least in my case, those numbers make it that much harder to get started because they seem almost impossible to attain.
There has to be a shift in your mindset regarding losing weight and getting healthy. You have to want it for YOU and for no other reason. I personally strive for better health, and by doing that, the number on the scale is slowly declining. It isn’t a get skinny quick strategy, but we all know those don’t work anyway.
Here are 6 tips that I hope will help you shift your mindset and actually get on the road to healthy living:
1 Realize it takes hard work. My mom used to always tell me that the weight didn’t get there overnight, and that it wasn’t going to be gone overnight either. I’ve actually learned it takes about 2 or 3 times longer to get rid of weight that I gain that what it took to actually gain it. Losing weight and living a healthy life style is going to take WORK and LOTS OF IT. So gear up for it, there is no choice!
2 Food doesn’t have to be amazing. Now I’m not saying to choke down kale even if you hate it, BUT, you have to flip the switch and start eating to live, instead of living to eat. I’m a foodie, I LOVE FOOD and I LOVE REALLY GOOD FOOD even more, however, to stay on track, sometimes I have to eat things that aren’t top on my list of favorite foods. I remind myself all the time that I’m fueling my machine (body) and the idea is to give it the best most amazing fuel ever, even if I have to sacrifice a little bit of flavor. I think for me, not feeling guilty afterward is the reward; also not feeling crappy afterward makes a difference too.
3 It’s not about being “GOOD” We like to give ourselves pats on the backs, and our friends like to comment about how “good” we are eating when we are shifting our nutrition. It’s not about good or bad, it’s about HEALTH and eating HEALTHY choices. No good or bad involved
4 Ignore the doubters and don’t let them derail your course. Let’s face it, when you achieve any sort of success, there are always those few people who try to belittle it or steer you off course. We’ve all had friends who have doubted our methods or tried to sabotage our weight-loss efforts by encouraging us to “cheat” and eat unhealthy foods. We have to keep our mind focused on our health, and ignore their comments.
5 Adopt a “don’t” instead of a “can’t” attitude. In the past, when trying different diets, the word “can’t” was high in my list of most used words. I can’t have pasta, I can’t have sugar, I can’t have…. etc. Now, because the way I eat is a choice I’m making to be healthier, my word of choice is I “don’t” eat processed foods… I don’t eat added sugar. It’s a simple change that can make a HUGE difference.
6 There is no end to the shift. In other words, this isn’t a 3 week diet, or a 6 week plan, this is a lifestyle change. Eating healthy is FOREVER. It’s about changing your attitude toward food once and for all. It is a lifestyle change for a healthier and happier you. More than that, it’s a lifetime deal. Sure it might get easier with time, but you must commit to sticking with it and staying motivated! Following these simple principles, you will lose weight, and you will became happier, more confident, and a healthier version of yourself!
Here’s to your health!