Deciding to take the plunge into healthier living is a much bigger decision than most women realize. After all, we didn’t gain the weight overnight−it’s likely been creeping up slowly but steadily for months or even years. The truth is that it’s going to take some serious time and dedication to lose your weight and keep it off. The good news is that once you commit to healthier living, you can look forward to having more energy, less stress, good sleep, and feeling better about your reflection when you get dressed every morning (and when you take your clothes off at night 😉
It’s important to ask yourself if you’re actually ready to dive into a healthier lifestyle. And that, my friend, is why I’d like you to think about these 5 Things… [Continue reading or watch video below]
- Are you willing to make yourself a priority in your own life?
- Women tend to be natural caregivers, meaning we don’t think twice about taking care of other people, but we have this terrible habit of putting our own needs and wants on the back burner. I think there’s a common misconception that spending time and money on ourselves is selfish… LIES! I wholeheartedly believe that working on becoming healthier and happier is the very best gift you can give to the people in your life. You can’t pour from an empty cup, my friend. You’ve got to turn your focus inward—at least for a little while–so you can work on becoming the best version of yourself. That means putting your own name at the tippy top of your To-Do list.
- Are you willing to make some real changes?
- First and foremost, you’ve got to realize that what you’ve been doing IS NOT WORKING. Read that again. It’s not working! If it WAS working, you would be perfectly happy with where you’re at and you wouldn’t be reading this right now. It’s time to stop all the nonsense dieting once and for all and learn how to actually nourish your body and your mind. Yes, you’re going to have to make some changes in the way you eat, the way you think, and the way you move, but that’s the whole point. That’s what this journey is all about. To quote Andrew Carnegie, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.”
- Can you accept that this is a process, and not a quick fix?
- Do you want to get off the weight-loss roller coaster? (please tell me you answered Yes!) The honest truth, my friend, is that in order for that to happen you’ve got to understand that it’s gonna take TIME to reach your goals–that’s why it’s called a journey. You’ve got to trust the process, you’ve got to stay focused on why you’re doing this in the first place, and by golly, you’ve got to have patience with yourself.
- Keep your friends close…
- This is kind of a tough one, but I am committed to being real with you, so here goes. You need to understand that there may be people who do not support you on your weight loss journey. Listen, you’ll always have those wonderful people in your life who lift you up and encourage you no matter what. But it’s entirely possible that you’ll discover you have a friend, a sister, or a colleague who wants to drag you down, and they may even try to sabotage your efforts. Not cool, right? This usually happens because that person is either insecure that you’ll no longer need them if you’re healthier and happier, or it’s because they know they need to change too and they don’t have the guts to do it (yet). Who knows? Maybe you’ll inspire them! The bottom line is it’s time to decide who you’re going to tell about your weight loss journey, and who really doesn’t need to know what you’re up to just yet. This whole thing is about staying positive and motivated, and quite frankly, you’re going to have enough going on in your own head throughout this process without adding other people’s negative talk on top of it!
- Are you ready to do a little soul searching?
- Yes, it’s time to do some digging. It’s the age-old question: why do you do the things you know you shouldn’t, and why don’t you do the things you know you should? (quick answer, because you’re HUMAN!) But seriously, recognizing emotional problems or hangups is a key step to making lasting changes in your life. Many of us have had events, trauma, or people in our lives that influenced our decisions and maybe even contributed to where we are today. This might not describe you at all, but if it does, this is a really good time to consider whether you’re equipped to tackle emotional issues alone, or if it might be helpful to visit with a counselor or therapist. Either way, this is YOUR time, and YOU get to decide what your future holds!
And so, my friend, you can see that there’s a lot to consider when embarking on a weight loss journey. I share this with you not because I want to scare you away from the effort, but because it’s my greatest desire to set you up for success. So go ahead and ask yourself if you’re ready to do this thing. But honestly? Since you’ve read this all the way to the end, my guess is that you are ready, willing, and able! I want to leave you with the knowledge that you absolutely CAN do this, and that it absolutely WILL be worth it!