Someone at work asked me what tips I’d give to someone trying to lose weight. Considering I’ve been overweight my entire adult life, I was more than a bit surprised at the question. Yes, I’ve had some success with this whole tippy toe approach, but I’m no expert. Not even close. It’s all an evolving, dynamic process, and I’m still half afraid I’ll stall–or worse!–and look like a chubby fool.
Despite feeling somewhat pretentious for offering anyone advice on weight loss, I was able to come up with a short list of things that help me:
1) Logging what I eat. I use sparkpeople.com when I feel the need to be precise, and an index card when things are going smoothly. A lot of my excess weight came from not paying attention. Logging my intake helps me remain mindful of what I’m eating.
2) Working with a personal trainer. Yes, it’s expensive, but I had no idea how to exercise properly. I was fortunate enough to be able to sign on for several months, but even a few sessions would be beneficial for anyone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of working out. It’s worth giving up a few movies or a spa trip.
3) Finding the fun in it. I almost always have some personal challenge underway. 1000 cardio minutes in January; 10,000 cardio minutes for 2008. Pretending my grocery cart is being evaluated by the trainers on The Biggest Loser. That sort of thing.
4) Dressing the part. Unless I’m at work or somewhere else that’s stuffy, I’m in workout wear. Kind of hard to go for that second piece of pizza when you’re wearing spandex. Plus, if I feel like breaking into a set of side lunges, I’m dressed appropriately. (Don’t laugh; it happens more frequently than I ever thought it would.)
5) Surrounding myself with like-minded people. I’m blessed to have friends who have already traveled this road or are on it with me. They challenge me, provide great advice, and inspire me and lift me up every single day.
And that’s the short list. These things won’t work for everyone, but they’ve worked for me…so far. Who knows if the list will be the same next week, or next month, but for now, it’s my success road map.