Motivation to lose weight often hits an all-time high when a new year says hello and the winter season says goodbye. And while there’s no getting around exercise and eating healthy, the answer to long-term weight loss actually doesn’t begin there, it actually starts in your head.
You have to think yourself thin!
You have to set your brain in motion.
You have to [cut] the mental fat!
Close your eyes and picture yourself thin. What do you see? I bet every single one of you envisioned the same thing. You saw yourself fit and trim.
Losing weight is mental.
It’s a bumpy road. It’s hard. It isn’t fun. And many days you will want to quit, maybe cry and give up. But if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, then half your battle is done.
Every night, I don’t care how tired you are, decide your meals and fitness goals for the next day. Be realistic. Set out your workout clothes, running shoes and socks. Chill your water bottle. Get a towel ready and your timers set. When you wake up and visually see your workout gear, your mind awakens the body to doing what it has to do.
Remember, you have to equip the mind. And planning ahead is part of that process.
I’m a morning person. And I already know that if I don’t work out in the morning, I won’t want to do it in the afternoon.
Know your body. And don’t make excuses. Just go!
After your first week, reward yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back. Take yourself to the movies. Buy a new bra. Whatever it takes to help you feel good about your accomplishments so far.
It’s a long haul. It’s going to get tough before it gets good. And psyching the mind with the little things, adds up to big things.
Journal everything you do.
Contrary to what we’ve been taught, weigh-in regularly. Weighing-in holds you accountable! And in the end, it’s that accountability that wins.
Detailing your progress—what you eat, how much you exercise, your emotions, your weight, and measurements—it’s all vital. And knowing that you're tracking your goals, mentally helps you resist that piece of cake!
And nothing tastes better than skinny feels.