Are you one of the many giving up before you get started?
Ever since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, I have heard different and conflicting attitudes expressed about diets and food in general. One group said things like, “Oh, what’s the difference? I may as well eat anything I want! Oh, what does it matter, anyway?”
I think this sentiment reflected our fear of the future as well as fears that we were powerless to prevent future disasters. It appeared that some people were resigned to not being able to look forward to success or happiness. They wanted to give up the fight and were basically saying, “We’ve lost anyway.” Being fat? Who cares? Eating healthy food. Oh, why bother? We may as well overindulge because we won’t be here tomorrow.
But I also heard from people who were defiant:
“I’d better take a hold of myself NOW! This is important! I should not put off tomorrow what I want to accomplish TODAY!”
These were the people who were angry, but they wanted to say: “You can’t spoil my chance of happiness. I’m going to show you!” I received many emails from eDieters saying that the tragedy pushed them into action! I also received emails from new eDiets members who said they knew they had been procrastinating and that they wanted to take control of their life and their health before it was too late!
Which camp are you in? Are you the type to give up the fight? Or, can you see that your success will come one day at a time?
I think it’s great that U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said it’s every American’s patriotic duty to lose 10 pounds! Even a 10-pound weight loss can improve your health and your risk for diseases associated with obesity, diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Study after study shows New Year’s resolutions aren’t very successful. So today is the day to make priorities instead! It’s a sad fact: most people who make resolutions don’t keep them… especially if they’re vowing to give up something they consider “bad.” More people will keep resolutions when they’re planning to start a “good” behavior. Those people who have thought long and hard about making changes are more likely to stick to their resolution, much more than those who set last-minute goals.
So instead of resolutions, make priorities. If you’re like most people, every year you resolve to lose weight, eat more healthily and exercise more frequently. But, if you’re making the same resolutions every year, you’re probably not making permanent changes!
So, this year you’re going to make your list of priorities. Then you need to make a plan for success. Your priority is your health and the way to achieve good health is to follow a healthy lifestyle.
There is no one recipe for success for everyone, but here are 10 tips to help get you there.
1. Set your priorities! Make it your priority to attain a healthy weight with a nutritious meal plan and an effective exercise plan.
2. Prepare to succeed! At eDiets.com, when you submit your personal information and goals, you’ll receive a plan for weight loss. Prepare for success by stocking your kitchen with the foods on your menu for the week. Also set your schedule for exercise.
3. Set realistic expectations! It didn’t take you a week to get to your current weight and all research shows that slow, steady weight loss means permanent weight loss. Your goal should be to lose up to 2 pounds a week. Depending upon how much you have to lose, this will produce about 100 pounds of weight loss in one year.
4. Set multiple goals! For example, if you’d like to lose 20 pounds, set four goals with four timelines. First goal: lose 5 pounds within four weeks. Once you hit the first goal, you’ll set the second goal!
5. Aim for a healthy weigh! There is no one “right” weight for everyone. Your body type, age, metabolism and activity level will determine your rate of weight loss. Your healthy weight can range over a span of 20 pounds and depends upon your muscle mass and whether you have a small, medium or large frame. Set the first goal with the help of an eDiets.com Nutrition Support representative and get on track.
6. Use some mantras to help you change your behavior! Repeat to yourself: “Living well is the best revenge. Living well means eating well, exercising and prioritizing!” When faced with a food that’s not on your plan, just repeat, “Been there, done that!” You’ve eaten that food — there is nothing new about it. You’ve tasted it before and it’s no big deal! There are no “good” or “bad” foods. If tempted to eat something that’s not on your plan, repeat to yourself: “Food is fuel. I don’t put sugar in my gas tank.”
7. Have a support system: enlist like-minded people into your plan of action and goals! Use the eDiets.com support boards and meeting rooms to reinforce your good behavior and to get support and motivation when you need it. At the beginning of any behavioral change it’s going to be better if you can check in on a daily basis with your support system. You even get a mentor here at eDiets. Your mentor is someone who has succeeded in his or her goals and will help you succeed in your own goals!
8. Reward yourself differently than before! When you are succeeding at your goals of health and fitness reward yourself with a new book, a new item of clothing, or a personal comfort activity such as a hot bath or massage.
9. Take a few minutes to sit and breathe and stretch every day! Try to do this first thing in the morning (before you get out of bed) and last thing at night (before you go to sleep). It isn’t necessary to make this process too long. Five minutes is fine. It’s just long enough to reflect on your plan for the day in the morning and to reflect upon the events of the day in the evening.
10. Take it ONE DAY AT A TIME!!!! Each day that you follow your plan and take the time to exercise is a day that will more strongly reinforce your new healthy lifestyle. Each day is your opportunity to succeed, and nothing succeeds like success!