Planning and Executing
There are many varied reasons why someone may want to lose weight, but it is a safe bet that everybody will want to at some point in their lives. Losing weight will make you feel and look better and will increase your self-confidence. (“IntellectualParent.com | Intellectual Parent”) An excellent place to start for most people is to set a goal to lose ten pounds. Like in many other aspects of life, the key to achieving your goal – to lose ten pounds – lies in proper planning and execution.
Everybody is different. We all have different lifestyles, schedules, and abilities, and it is important that this is kept in mind when approaching your project of losing ten pounds. Before you begin trying to lose the weight, you must decide on a realistic plan that is right for you. The worst thing you can do is set a plan that is difficult to achieve. If, for example, you are an extremely busy working parent, do not create a plan for yourself that entails exercising 15 hours a week, as chances are you are going to fail, which will only end up making you feel worse about yourself.
Every weight loss attempt should ideally compose both dietary changes and an increase in exercise. Depending on your situation, you may want to focus on one more than the other. If, for example, you want to lose ten pounds but do not have time for lots of exercise, you might want to focus on your diet, which requires more discipline than time.
When looking at your diet, do some research and produce some healthy meal ideas that you do not normally eat. Plan to eat these new meals on a regular basis. You want to break your plan into as many small steps as possible, so that you provide yourself with many small, achievable goals. For example, you may decide to research your new meal on Monday, buy the ingredients on Tuesday, and make it on Wednesday. Not only does this split the work up – if you leave it all to one day it is far more likely you will not have the time to do it – but it creates a constant sense of accomplishment.
Now let us say your plan to lose ten pounds is going to be through exercise. Again, do not plan to “exercise 10 hours a week” because what will happen is you will put it off all week and then will not have time for it. You want to plan to exercise for an hour a day, and you want to try and incorporate that exercise into other activities.
At least half the battle with trying to lose ten pounds is one of discipline: as anyone who has been on a diet or exercise regimen will tell you, it is easy to start a diet but hard to stick with it. The worst thing you can do when trying to lose ten pounds is to set yourself up for failure, as this is a cycle that tends to repeat itself. By creating and executing a well thought out and realistic plan, you give yourself a huge advantage in your goal of losing ten pounds.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehab Specialist
See Tomorrow: “Sticking to Your Plan”
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