I’m a weight loss coach…if you haven’t figured that out by now 😉
Women come and tell me they want to lose weight. When I ask them how they plan on doing it they go into a laundry list of ideas:
The list goes on and on. While all of these are good ideas… none of them are the best way to lose weight.
Because, most people have tried these things. They work for the short term but they always seem to fall back into old habits and gain the weight back.
Did you know that 85-90% of people that lose weight, gain it back again? Not only that, but they usually end up gaining more weight back than what they lost.
So how does that 10-15% do lose the weight for good?
That's a great question. One you should start out with if you want to lose weight and KEEP IT OFF. I'm guessing you don't enjoy being on this constant roller coaster of dieting. The ups and downs physically and emotionally.
That means, we have to refocus on what WORKS and leave behind what doesn't (even if everyone else is doing it...).
Let me explain, then, how those few that lose the weight and keep it off, do it.
They don’t use will power.
See, that list above will help you lose weight. But if you are using will power to accomplish them, they won’t last. That is because will power is a limited resource. Once that resource is used up, you fall back into your old habits.
So what do you use instead of will power?
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
Look at what Paul wrote. He did not write, “Grit your teeth and power through.” That is not how we are suppose to “present our bodies” as our spiritual worship (i.e. taking care of the GIFT of your bodies or temples that God has BLESSED you with).
No! He said, “renewal of your mind”.
What does that mean exactly?
It means THINKING differently. It means choosing your thoughts.
What does this look like?
Let say you want to eat more vegetables. Don’t power through them with out tasting them just because you HAVE to eat them. Find the vegetables you like (or can tolerate at first). Find ways to enjoy eating them. Remind yourself how much better you feel when you do eat them.
Choose to think that you WANT to eat them, not have to eat them.
Mind power LASTS. When you renew your mind you actually change the structures in your brain, for the good. You create a new way of thinking, new habits and a new LIFESTYLE. A lifestyle that you WANT to fall back into.
Renewing your mind takes effort. It takes work. It takes practice. It takes commitment. It takes TIME. That’s why so many of us just want to use will power.
Nothing wrong with that. Go ahead. Just know, you’ll probably have to do it all over again.
My suggestion, build a new way of thinking. Build a new of LIVING that you can maintain. That you enjoy (for the most part...).
That’s when the weight loss will last.
That’s when your JOY will expound.
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You can get to that weight loss goal this year and feel AMAZING doing it!