Weight loss doesn’t magically occur after several trips to the gym and avoiding chips for a week. People might not want to admit it, but a significant change in weight is usually synonymous to a change in lifestyle. It may sound intimidating, but don’t let the words “healthy lifestyle” scare you away from your weight loss goals. By breaking down the steps to living a healthy lifestyle, your weight loss dreams will become reality before you know it.
First off, don’t rush. Scrambling to be a new, healthier you will get you nowhere – except back on the couch for your Friday Netflix marathons. Instead, transitioning to a healthy lifestyle is about forming good habits that, when followed diligently, make it exponentially easier to treat your body well. Form the process of developing good habits start with a single step. This can be anything, from switching out your soda with a glass of water to jumping off the bus two stops early so you can walk more. Regardless of what your first steps may be, every successful step makes the next step easier.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu
So taking the first step is, admittedly, pretty easy! You’re feeling good, adding some reps to your workout, and you’ve stopped eating that cheesecake you love so much. But then…you’re invited to a party and that cake has your name written on it. Suddenly, you’re having a terrible week at work and decide to skip the gym. Soon enough, your original start is gone. You’ve taken a step back.These daily distractions are what cause so many healthy lifestyle aspirations to go down the drain, and it’s not because the motives or methods are wrong – it’s simply due to lack of commitment and consistency. In order for your lifestyle changes to have a lasting impact, every day needs to be a committed “Yes, I can!” towards your final goal of losing weight – no excuses, and no cheating. Losing weight is like marriage; you can’t cheat and expect it to work out. Here, the only person you’re cheating is yourself! Commitment is all about putting yourself first, so be selfish about your goals.