If you have ever tried to lose weight and failed, which just about everyone has, there may have been a variety of different factors that caused you to fall short of your goals. One reason that many people really don’t think about when looking at the causes is the impact that your own mind has on your efforts. The reality is that we all have an internal dialog going throughout the day, and it can be more than a little surprising to hear that voice inside your head telling you all the reasons why quitting is such a good idea. That voice can be silenced, but you have to train it, just as you would your body.
The first thing that you have to do is get it clear in your head that you are about to make a total lifestyle change. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to change as many of the things that you do right now as possible. That means exercising regularly and changing the things that you eat on a daily basis. One of the best ways to train your minds is to create a workout schedule and a meal planner, as writing these things down makes them harder to ignore. If possible, create some healthy meals in advance. You will be less likely to talk yourself out of a healthy meal if you have already taken the time to make it.
Another thing that you need to do when setting out to lose weight is to create a specific goal. Now, let’s imagine that you are looking to lose 50 pounds over the next year. That is a number and a length of time that just seems too long, although it is a perfectly reasonable goal. In order to make it seem less daunting, create smaller goals along the way. Make each of these goals achievable, and perhaps rewards yourself with a little something each time you do. When you have small goals in place, you are a lot less likely to think about the bigger, more seemingly unattainable, total goal, and are therefore more likely to stick with the program.
Part of the problem with getting in shape and losing weight is that you often feel as though you are depriving yourself of the things you like. This is when that little voice in your head starts to get the loudest, and it’s also when people decide that it’s time to quit. The best thing to do here is allow yourself a little cheat day here and there, without having to feel guilty after the fact. Making a lifestyle change this huge is tough, and you have to learn not to be too hard on yourself on the days where you have a little slip. Planning those days in advance is often the impetus needed to keep going, as you know that a little reward is coming. It also helps prevent that voice from getting into your head and talking you out of doing the right thing.