If you’re like me, you’ve spent more time reading about losing weight and improving your health than you have exercising or cooking healthful meals. It took me a long time to walk down the path that led me to a healthy weight and a renewed life.
I know how tough it can be to reach your goals; I suffered through false starts and faced formidable obstacles. Though I learned that anyone can lose weight and improve their health. How was I able to shed my extra weight? To burst out of a regime of unhealthy habits?
I faced some hard facts
I am a positive person who is committed to living my life out loud. One of the frustrating things about being overweight is that your physical self does not reflect who you really are. In a perfect world, the people we meet everyday would see us for who we really are. But they don’t. It really is that simple.
When I was overweight, people saw me differently. They looked at me through a lens that distorted who I was – in their minds. Such unfairness. It is enough to make me tear my hair out – metaphorically speaking.
Eventually I made my way to a healthy place in my life where I was able to take responsibility for how others saw me. I know that my loved ones know me for who I am, but I was ready to make some changes in my physical appearance that would change how others saw me.
If you’ve recently lost weight, you know of what I speak. People treat you differently when you are a healthy weight. It is as radically unfair as it is true.
I decided that I wanted to remove my weight as an issue lying behind how I was able to live my life. I wanted to change my physical shell. I am proud that I have been able to try out a new size of me. I am grateful and I sometimes feel like dancing for no reason. Read on for the ten rules I’ve distilled from my personal experience.
Follow these 10 rules to create a new version of yourself. (Me 2.0 )
- Get naked and stand in front of your dressing mirror. You need to reconnect with your physical self. This is you. If you really want to change the shape of your body, you can. (Though I encourage you to love you as you. At the beginning of your journey, throughout the process, and when you have reached your goals.)
- Set reasonable goals. You’ve probably ignored your physical body for some time, if you find yourself overweight or obese. What is reasonable? You should be able to lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week, depending on your starting weight.
- Keep track of your progress. Apps like My Fitness Pal let you easily record what you are eating and how many calories and nutrients you are taking in.
- Find a friend with similar weight loss goals to share your weight loss journey with. You can hold each other up when the going gets tough and pop some champagne to celebrate milestones.
- Exercise. This is essential. Not only will regular exercise help you stay positive, by pumping up your endorphin levels, but it will allow to achieve your goals sooner.
- Educate yourself. If you can’t sketch out what a basic food pyramid looks like, do your homework.
- Do not quit. If you’ve a bad day that ends you buying a quart of blueberry cheesecake ice cream and eating the whole thing while you watch bad TV, so be it. You are not perfect. (Nor am I.) But you are still working toward being healthier. Shake it off.
- Be kind to yourself. If you have lost 10 pounds, celebrate. Buy yourself a new aline skirt. Have a clay facial at the goto spa in your town.
- Learn what your triggers are, and deal with them. Keep a journal where you write down what makes you eat. Why did you have that triple cheeseburger last Sunday? Try to figure this out. When you understand why you overeat, you can change.
Accept that you have made a decision to change your lifestyle, not to put the potato chips away for a month or two. Embrace this change. Live it.
Life is short. Why not create the best version of yourself so that you can drink up all it has to offer? You will feel fabulous as you become fit, and you will reap the considerable health benefits that come with healthful eating and regular exercise.
I truly believe that changing your life begins with taking a real look at where you are, embracing what makes you unique, and charging ahead with your dreams.