|How do you feel about losing weight?
It’s time – you’ve decided that you’re going to lose that excess weight, and this time you’re going to succeed. That’s wonderful, but what’s you’re attitude toward weight loss? Attitude and weight loss go hand in hand. Have a positive attitude about losing weight and your chances of success will greatly improve. A negative attitude will make the process a whole lot harder, if not impossible.
So before beginning any weight loss program, take a look at you attitude. Are you looking forward to seeing the excess weight disappear or are seeing the whole thing as feeling deprived and overwhelmed? If the latter, let’s see what can be done to turn your outlook around.
First, lose weight for YOU, not because your doctor, significant other, family, etc. told you. Next, what are your reasons for losing weight?
Don’t worry if some of them may seem trivial or silly to others – these are YOUR reasons, no one else’s. These are what will help keep you on track when the going gets tough.
Be positive about yourself. Don’t look at losing weight as punishment – you are not a bad person because you are overweight. You are a good person who is overweight, but with your plans for weight loss, is taking steps to correct the situation (live a healthier life??). The more positive you can be about yourself and what you are doing for yourself, the easier it will be to reach you goal.
Another step you can take is to develop a support system. Tell your family and friends what your plans are and ask for their support. In fact, you may find some of them may want to lose weight to. Start your own support groups and help each other with tips, advice, and a supporting shoulder when you hit rough spots.
Set achievable goals and reward yourself when you reach them. Go get a manicure, get a new hairstyle, buy that book you’ve been wanting, a new scarf or a new blouse, etc. in a smaller size -yeah! However, a food binge is not acceptable as a reward.
Also, if you slip up and go off the plan, FORGIVE yourself. We are all human and sometimes life, for whatever reason, gets in the way. Don’t stress over it, just get back on your program as soon as you can and get on with your life.
As you can see attitude and weight loss do go hand in hand. So, before you begin any weight loss program, take some quiet time and explore you attitude about weight loss – your reasons, outlook, and expectations. Give yourself a fighting chance for success.