So you have more than 100 pounds to lose and you may be overwhelmed about the process. Making any type of lifestyle change takes planning, discipline, and commitment. Certainly, it may seem like an overwhelming task, and taking the first few steps into any weight loss plan is often seen as confusing and difficult. Let's try to add some clarity to the situation!
Despite what you may read online, there is no quick fix when it comes to losing a significant amount of weight. The earlier you become away of that, the better. Start your weight loss journey by conditioning your mindset for lasting weight loss.
Embracing a Positive Mindset for Lifestyle Change
Perhaps the single most important thing you can do to increase your success during your weight loss journey (and after), is approaching your weight loss with a positive mindset and realistic expectation.If you view your new journey as difficult, time consuming, or a torturous experience, you will greatly decrease your chances of success.
Chances are you do have a long road ahead, and you will likely have to make some changes that you won't like. However, change for the better isn't usually easy, but it becomes easier if we're honest with ourselves on what it will require from us.
One of the biggest mindset killers is a false concept of the time needed to obtain a task. Keep in mind, whenever we work on a task we have a subconscious estimate of how long it's going to take to complete the task. This is especially true for things that we view as hard work, such as dieting.
The problem with losing weight and keeping it off is that the dieting required isn't temporary. You may temporary lose weight on a diet, but if you return to your old ways of eating the weight will come right back on.
Try not to focus on how long it might take for you to drop the pounds, and look at it more as a permanent lifestyle change that doesn't end.
Focus on the health aspects of being overweight. As a person with more than 100 pounds to lose, you’re probably very aware of the elevated risks to your health such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. And the older you get, the more risky it becomes.
Also, in regards to health improvement and losing a significant amount of weight, you should always consent with your medical Doctor and explain your goals and be sure to get the proper medical approval before starting any weight loss or exercise program.
Don't set yourself up for failure by assuming a temporary diet change is the answer. EMBRACE a permanent lifestyle change to support your goals!
(Related article on diet mindset: Starting a Weight Loss Plan: It’s Not Just About Food)
Clearly Define Your Reasons for Embarking on a Weight Loss Journey
It’s important to clearly define your WHY you want to lose weight. Don’t simply say “because I’m overweight.” You should be able to pinpoint exactly WHY you want to lose weight, and why it’s important that you lose a significant amount of it.
Maybe you want to –
- improve your health and possibly reduce the number of medications
- be active with your kids as they grow up
- get more out of life and travel to places that you can't physically do right now
- be more comfortable with your body
- wear more fashionable clothing
- etc, etc, etc,
- live longer!
Do you fully recognize the cost of being overweight is having on your life?
Write down all of your reasons in a list. Any and every reason you can think of for going on this weight loss journey, put it into writing. Write out your emotions you are feeling while making this list.
Place your list somewhere that you’ll see it every day. Tape it to your refrigerator, or on your bedroom or bathroom mirror and read it every morning when you get your breakfast and brush your teeth. Put it somewhere where you can see it early and often in your day.
Get Family and Friends on Board With Your Diet Goals
Sometimes it's more difficult than you'd hope to get family and friends on board with your weight loss plan. These are the people with which you socialize. Many times socializing means eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, going to parties or gathering, etc. Food is likely involved. Changing your diet will impact an element of that socialization.
MOST family or friends will understand and support you 100% of the way. They care about you, and if you have more than 100 pounds to lose, they're probably already concerned about your health.
However, if your friends or family do give you a hard time, explain to them that you're doing something that you feel is very important for your health and happiness. And be sure to express to them that you would greatly appreciate their support in this new journey.
Unfortunately, you may find some people never get on board with your efforts and might even back away from your life as a result. It's unfortunate, no doubt, but you're doing this for your health and happiness. Stay focused on you.
Surround Yourself With Inspiration
Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is imperative to your success. This journey will be that much easier if you have support along the way. Proximity is powerful!
You should immediately un-follow foodie Instagram pages that only post cake decorating videos or other high-calorie foods that will only tempt you.
On the flip-side of the coin, you may want to seek out and follow healthy food pages. There are entire communities out there surrounding different dietary lifestyles, you will find support and answers to a lot of your questions this way.
Be sure to follow Ellis's Fitness Journey. Ellis is the website admin of EllisFit.com and he's lost over 100 pounds as of this writing. He regularly updates his fitness journey page with the results of his diet and exercise efforts. His current goal is to lose 200 pounds.
Most Importantly: Never Give Up!
Know that this journey to lose more than 100 pounds will be a lifelong one. No matter how slow your progress feels, persevere. Consistency will bring the results you’re working for. You will face bumps in the road, but that is okay! You are human!
It’s important to give yourself grace during this journey. You may have days that you have a less than stellar workout or skip the gym altogether. You may have days that you overeat, or eat something that makes you feel like garbage. Do not throw in the towel, shame yourself, or punish yourself in any capacity. Give yourself grace, recognize your humanity, and move on.
Just because you fall off the wagon doesn’t mean you have to set up camp and live there. You may have a long way to go before you hit your goal weight, but believe in yourself and know that you have everything inside you that you need to completely change your lifestyle.