Sometimes we think achieving lasting weight loss isn't in the cards for us. We start with all the enthusiasm and motivation in the world, and then get discouraged when we feel the soreness from our first workout. What can you do to make sure you're successful?
The first priority is to decide what you want to accomplish. Does going down a few sizes appeal to you? Do you have a specific goal weight that you want to reach? Do you want to get in shape and feel more energized?
It's important to log your weight loss each and every week. Check your weight weekly, and maintain a food journal. Writing down food choices and what you put into your body can help you make better choices each time you are looking for something to eat.
It is easy to make bad food decisions when you are hungry. When you are hungry, you do not think about what you are eating. Avoid this by having snacks on hand and make time for your meals. Take lunch with you so that you don't have to eat fast food instead. Not only will this help you consume less calories, it will also assist you in cutting down your food bill.
Successful weight loss programs need to include both dieting and exercise. You need to find an exercise plan you enjoy, and do it three or more times per week. If it is difficult for you to get regular exercise, try incorporating exercise into things you normally enjoy doing. Invite your friends out for a walk in the park as opposed to eating out with them. If dancing is your passion, consider joining a ballroom dancing class which can let try your hand at dances like the foxtrot. If you like to hike, look for trails you do not know about!
To rid yourself of temptations clean out your pantry of all junk food. By filling your kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables, you won't have the temptation available. Since you will have no junk food to reach for, you will be more likely to fulfill your craving with a healthy alternative.
Enlist the help of your friends. While you are the one in charge of your weight loss, having a support system will help you to stay motivated. When you are fatigued, irritated or just need some positive reinforcement, it's great to have friends that you call. These friends can help you stay motivated.