4 Strategies to Win at Weight Loss!

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We are all beautiful, strong, creative, courageous, loving souls, each worthy of the most fulfilling life this Universe has to offer.

And we are all, in essence, the same; arriving here on planet earth as babies and entrusted with a physical body for about 100 years.

We are given the keys to an amazing vehicle, and it is our job to keep it properly fueled, tuned up, cleaned, and cared for, so that it will last long enough for our beautiful, strong, creative, courageous, loving soul to fulfill its mission.

There is a catch of course. We only get one of these puppies. We don’t get to trade it in when it gets tired, sick or broken.

Ha! I wish I had understood this simple concept back in my teens and 20s, when I all but totaled my vehicle with alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, junk food, stress, lack of sleep, lack of respect, and zero passion for the possible.

But I am living proof that it is never too late and that lasting change is always an option. Your transformation is ALWAYS on the table.

The following 4 strategies have helped me lose weight, keep it off, and stay healthy and strong.  This list could have been a lot longer, but I chose to include only the top 4 things that I believe you can do to create lasting change in your body and lifestyle.

As you know, when it comes to food, there is temptation at every turn, so setting yourself up for success from the very beginning is important. Here is a place to start.

 

1.   Purge All The Junk From Your Pantry & Refrigerator Permanently.

Make sure your home environment is COMPLETELY free from all addictive, processed, sugary, salty, highly caloric foods. This is critical. If you do not get rid of the junk, you make your weight loss quest nearly impossible, or at the very least, WAY more challenging than it needs to be.

Prepare for some big time temper tantrums from the adults and children who live with you. When you take away the “crack” your family is going to go bananas, but I am giving you permission to stand your ground.

You can still go “out” for ice-cream or pizza, but you no longer “stock” ice cream and pizza. Tell them the truth. You are doing it because you love yourself and you love them, and that is just the way it is from now on. No negotiation. Tantrums could last days or weeks, so be ready.

 

2.   Find or Create a Community of Support Beyond Your Immediate Family.  Finding fellow travelers on the weight loss journey is the most important thing. Don’t go it alone. We all need encouragement and accountability to make big changes. Find some buddies at the gym, or a group of friends or co-workers, or join a program like my Best New Year Ever. Find or create a group you can inspire, and one who inspires you.

 

3.   Commit To A Yoga or A Meditation Practice:

We live in an over-stimulating, super fast-paced environment most of the time.

Constant distraction is the name of the game in 2018; mindlessly running from one task to the next, trying to get it all done, forgetting sometimes to even breath!

I don’t believe that our nervous systems have evolved enough to handle our new manic lifestyle, which is why most of us experience so much stress.

Chronic stress can make losing weight nearly impossible. The body holds onto fat with a death-grip when it is experiencing anxiety or fear of any kind. It was designed that way.

Meditation and yoga reduce stress which sends a message to the body that it is ok to “let go” of the extra fat.

In addition, losing weight often requires a deep look inside ourselves to un-earth the real reasons why we eat, what we eat. Yoga and meditation can help you access the depths within, where the truth is always patiently waiting.

 

4.   Set Up Process Goals That Support Your Weight Loss Goal. Process goals are habits and routines that you need to commit to on a daily and/or weekly basis to get you from where you are, to where you want to go. Here are some examples:

- track your calories, macro-nutrients, and food in a weight loss app on your phone

- walk 10k steps a day

- prep your food for the week on Sundays

- meditate every morning.

- bike to work

- weigh yourself everyday

- exercise 3x a week

- drink ½ your weight in ounces of water everyday

- sleep 8-9 hours a night.

These are just some examples, but you get the point. Process goals = Results. And they tell you exactly what you need to do each day to accomplish your weight-loss goal. Process goals set you up to win!

These 4 strategies have helped me immensely lose and maintain my weight. Good luck on your path! And if you are looking for a supportive community and a proven plan, check out my upcoming programs here!