10 Ways to Revolutionize Your Mind and Prepare for Weight Loss

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Angelia Johnson pretty smile photo10 Ways to Revolutionize Your Mind and Prepare for Weight Loss – #1 is Most Crucial

The word “Revolutionize” means to change something radically or fundamentally, transform, turn upside down and to metamorphose. Get it? Before you get to enjoy the physical changes that come with weight loss, you first must undergo a mental makeover that helps you break your old bad habits.
1.Tell the Truth!
The first step to doing this to to start with the man/woman in the mirror. Meaning, be completely honest with yourself regarding why it is so challenging for you to change your attitude toward living a healthy lifestyle for life. Are you too distracted with work, TV, kids and anything else that you have used as an excuse not to begin this life altering necessary journey? Once you are completely honest and find that you have indeed been using the aforementioned things as excuses. Write out a plan that spells out what tools you will put into place to change this mindset. Condition your mind to stop the excuses and instead find solutions.
2. Track Your Time
Here is an example of what your chart may look like: There are 168 hours in a week subtract 40 for work, 56 for sleep (I wish!), 10 hours driving or travel, 14 hours family time (cooking, homework, sports, grocery shopping, etc), 14 hours for entertainment. Having subtracted all of those hours, you would still have 34 hours left to get your workout in or prepare your meals and gym clothes. You only need 5 hours per week of physical activity so that still leaves you with 29 hours! So, if, “I just don’t have time” is one of your excuses, I just proved to you that you absolutely do have time. You just need to manage it better.
3. Ask why?

Having a revolutionized mind  also starts with knowing why you want to lose weight. It could be as simple as wanting to look and feel better — carrying  around an extra 20 or 30 extra pounds drains your energy, and of course makes you feel uncomfortable in your clothes. Or you may have specific health needs, such as lowering your risk for high cholesterol, diabetes or reducing high blood pressure. Getting excited about the real rewards of weight loss like feeling great from the inside out gives you motivation that makes it easier to stick to your meal plan and exercise routine.

4. Write down your weight loss meal plan

Once you’ve decided on a weight-loss plan, map out all the steps needed to implement it. At the beginning of each week, create a meal plan for your diet that you’ll use as your guide for grocery shopping, cooking, eating out, and avoiding unplanned indulgences. “Having that plan helps you reach for the right foods.  If you know you’ll be meeting friends for dinner at a restaurant, It would be a good idea to go online to look at the menu. Plan what you will order to avoid being tempted when you get there. Pick two healthy entrees so that if the restaurant is out of your first choice, you’re not stuck.

5. Log your food and physical activity.

Whether you use an online tool, a mobile app, or simple pen and paper, logging your diet and exercise activity is key to weight-loss success. Whichever format you choose, promise yourself to consistently outline and track every aspect of your weight loss process, from mouth full to every repetition in your exercise routine. If you’re religiously recording what you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, you’ll see patterns and routines start to appear. You can look them over to find solutions to the problems that have put a halt to your previous efforts to lose weight. A few food tracker apps available to you are, My Fitness Pal, Choose My Plate, My Food Diary amd My Calorie Counter just to name a few.
6. Hire a Personal Trainer

Exercise  is a very important part of any weight-loss program.  But when most people think about weight loss, they think about what foods they will eat rather than what exercises they will do — and skipping exercise could be sabotaging their dietary efforts. Working with a trainer — or just setting up a free consultation through your gym — will help you map out an exercise routine that you enjoy and find ways to fit it into your busy schedule.  At the beginning of each week, mark every workout session in your calendar, just as you would a doctor or dentist appointment — you’re more likely to stick to your plan when you see it in black and white.

 7. Set a Realistic Timetable for Weight loss.

The more realistic you are about your weight loss goals, the more likely you are to reach them. Remember that you’re developing a lifelong strategy, so don’t set unattainable time limits — forget the concept of dropping 5 pounds in 5 days. And while you might need to ultimately lose 50 pounds, that goal can be overwhelming at first.  A better mind-set is to focus on losing 1 to 2 pounds a week, and maintaining that consistent rate of weight loss over weeks if not months.

Approach exercise goals the same way. If you haven’t exercised for a while, starting off running a marathon would be a huge mistake — if you’re out of shape, even running a mile on your first day could backfire. Start small: Decide that you’ll walk for 15 to 30 minutes five times a week, and then ramp up your schedule as you make measurable progress.

 8. Believe in Yourself.

You may have failed with weight loss in the past, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to fail now. Sure, there will be days ahead when you’ll eat more than you should or skip a planned workout, but it’s essential to stay positive and move forward with your plan. Realize that your weight-loss goals will take time to achieve, but believe that you can go the distance one milestone at a time. Even losing 5 pounds is good for your health and can give you the motivation  to work toward the next 5-pound drop. Recognize that weight loss rarely occurs in a straight line, and if you overeat one day, don’t beat yourself up — just get back on your program at the very next meal.

9. Pick Motivating Rewards

After breaking your weight-loss goals into attainable increments, decide on a small reward you’ll give yourself for reaching each one.  Not a slice of cake from your favorite bakery — don’t repeat old patterns by making it a food reward. Instead, choose other types of favorite treats, such as getting a relaxing massage or pedicure, buying a new fashion accessory that helps you break away from your “fat clothes.” Write your rewards down as part of your master plan, just as you do your diet and exercise routine.

10. Create a Weight Loss Support Network

Everything is easier when you have the support and encouragement of family and friends, and that includes embarking on a new weight-loss lifestyle. You don’t have to announce your diet to the world, but you should confide in those closest to you, like your spouse/significant other or children. Tell them why you’re trying to eat healthy and how they can help you stay on track. If you let them know how much reaching your weight-loss goals means to you, they’ll want to do what they can to help. And if you have a friend or family member who is trying to lose weight too, make a pact to text each other at crucial times during the day, and you’ll both stay on track.

Bottom line:

I will be the first to say that living with so much “bad” but tastes “oh so good” food temptation around is challenging and can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you’re the only one in your house or group of friends that has decided to stop putting your health on the back burner. I implore you – DONT GIVE UP! Simply Revolutionize Your Mind and push through. I believe in you. Happy Healthy Lifestylin y’all!

Source: Everyday Health

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