Let’s face it, many of us have tried many concoctions in order to lose weight. Whether it’s powders, shakes, pills, grapefruit, shots, or teas. It basically still comes out the same, we end up actually gaining weight. We end up feeling worse about ourselves and our image. We watch television shows like The Biggest Loser and see others successfully lose all their weight and we get inspired by them. We make ourselves a promise, that starting tomorrow we will start a new diet, and tomorrow never comes. What can you do to break this never ending cycle? To stay motivated and really focus on your health instead of the image in a mirror? First things first, we must start from within ourselves and work our way out.
Television ads and many magazines preach to us that we should try their product, because their product is the only one that works. Then to really get us all going, they toss in a fake bomb shell photo and say this is me after using the product. Hog Wash! Let’s get realistic, no pill, cream, or other product on the market can thin us down to a unrealistic size over night. It takes many months even years, according to how much you have to lose. It starts with “You”.
For many years I always had a weight problem. I blamed it on having my kids who are now in their twentys. I blamed it on my parents and how they fed me growing up. I blamed it on everyone but myself. Ask yourself what excuses have you been telling yourself. It all comes down to “You”. We are the ones that choose to put the fork or spoon to our lips, and we are the ones that choose to not exercise.Let’s start by looking at a few facts that will actually help us to shed pounds.
One plan to losing weight is exercise. When you hear that word you began to shrug your shoulders and think well that leaves me out. However, if you truly are severely overweight, start with some easy things. My arms were very flabby, so I used cans of vegetables and lifted them from my chair. Take small walks until you build up enough strength to walk further. I was out of breath just walking to the mailbox, when I started walking.
I found that writing in a journal truly does help because it keeps you focused and let’s you know how your doing and if you are staying on target. Some people say don’t weigh yourself at all while trying to lose weight. That’s entirely up to you but I found it works for me. But I only weigh once a week, that way it shows a much better look at your progress.
Cutting out things in your diet or cutting down also helps. I use to drink from seven to eight carbonated sodas a day. you can choose diet , or choose water. I remember the first time I started drinking water I became sick. I would drink so much till my stomach hurt. I acted like water was going off the shelves for good. Pace yourself in whatever you are doing.
According to WebMd you should choose a plan that works best for you and your lifestyle. Some of you may be very sociable and attend many outings where there is food involved. Some of you may be homebodies who have to worry about sitting in the house surrounded by food all day. No matter what your circumstance is, just get motivated, pick a plan that suits your needs and get to it. We can’t do anything about our past but we can do something about our future. Dietforum.com is a wonderful site you can visit every day to keep you motivated.
Cut your portions down, cut out all or some of your sugar and exercise. This is what I chose to do and it worked for me. I had chose to join a gym and I did not want to use one where men could see how heavy I was, so I found a gym that was ladies only. The gym is called LadiesWorkOutExpress.com Try to locate one of them where you live. They have step aerobics and machines and personal coaches for you. Some have found that until they can shed some pounds to where they felt comfortable leaving home, they can buy workout tapes. These worked for me also, for a time, but I found I lacked the motivation to stay on track, so, I invited my sister in law over who also wanted to lose weight and we did it together.
Once you begin getting back in shape you will have so much energy you won’t know what to do with it . Inspire others, find someone who also needs to lose weight and reach out to them. Someone did that for me along time ago and I’ll never forget them for their kindness. As with any weight loss suggestions or advice before starting to try anything or start a new plan always ask your doctor first or go visit your doctor to get medical advice. Prepare to put in a lot of work but in the long run you will thank yourself. Good luck with all you do.