09 Feb The 3 Things You Must Do Before Starting Any Weight Loss Journey
The 3 Things You Must Do Before Starting Any Weight Loss Journey
As I sit at my desk on the 4th day of my holiday and look at the keyboard ready to pound away at the keys, I look to the title and it makes me think. Do I really have any credentials to be listing the 3 things you must do before starting any weight loss journey, when I have never had to lose a substantial amount of body weight before?
Well… there was the time I came back from a gap year traveling around Europe where I lost 15kg. This wasn’t too difficult for me, as my daily activities had(( primarily consisted of sunbathing on the beach, drinking beer, eating pizza and kissing girls (well, the last one is a stretch as I am certainly no ladies man and struggled to even speak to girls let alone kiss them). That all said, you are correct, I have never had to lose a substantial amount of body weight and so, who am I to sit here and dictate how you should start your journey when I have never walked a day in your shoes?
I could be like so many other health and fitness coaches and just put the link to the before and after page on my website, which I’ll do anyway as I am proud of my clients and what they have achieved (CLICK HERE). However, this still doesn’t qualify me to be telling you what to do in your unique situation. With that all said, I will list what I have seen work with my clients and try to dictate, through my poor writing skills, what has, time after time been the 3 key factors that have led to the amazing results my clients have seen.
#1 – Be ready to have unwavering and non-negotiable consistency
The number one reason people hire me as a coach (apart from my charm and devilishly good looks) is because most of us lack the commitment to stick to a plan. And of course, I have heard all the excuses, it’s Christmas, it’s girls night out, I am going on vacation, we have a family reunion coming up, I had the worst day of my life, there was a pile-up on the freeway which made me late getting home, there is a Justin Bieber concert on tonight… Except for the very last excuse (lets face it, he is the greatest artist of this generation, PERIOD) there is absolutely no reason why you should not be sticking to your plan.
“What about moderation Adam and doing something that is sustainable for the rest of my life”
100%, I completely agree with that statement. Moderation and sustainability should always be factored into any long-term plan. You should be able to enjoy a life that involves drinks with the girls, having 2 servings of Nan’s self saucing chocolate pudding for Christmas or eating 4 plates from the buffet on your cruise through the Bahamas. Learning how to incorporate those things into your lifestyle can be discussed when you are at your goal weight/shape. However, until that point, if you are not ready to be completely dedicated to the plan and stick to it every single day without compromise, then it is in my experience that you will most likely fail.
It is boring to be consistent, I KNOW. Prepping your meals and missing out on drinks with friends can seem like a buzz-kill. However, if your goal is to lose weight, and you are a long way away from your goal, then it is time to buckle your boot straps and become comfortable with being boring.
#2 – You Must Be Prepared To Put Yourself First
This is a REALLY tough one, but a key factor that is crucial if you are going to have long-term success. We are all great at helping others or making sure others health and wellbeing are put ahead of our own. This is an amazing trait that you possess. However, it is killing any chance you have to succeed in your weight loss journey.
Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar:
You are doing great on your journey, you have been at it for, (enter time here) and everything is going to plan. You are losing weight, you feel great, you are getting to the gym 4 days a week and prepping your lunch and dinners everyday to match your calorie intake. You then get a call from your best friend Susie, who tells you she has just broken up with her boyfriend/partner/husband. You, of course, want to be there for her and she asks you to come over to chat, just as you were about to go to the gym. Being the amazing human being and friend that you are, you jump in your car immediately and forget about the workout.
This break in routine means you end up missing your gym session, you get home late and are emotionally drained, so you buy take-away (instead of cooking the meal you had planned) and the slippery slope to your eventual failure begins.
Is it possible that heading over to Susie’s could have waited an hour while you went to the gym and had something to eat? I am almost positive that it is entirely possible. Would you not be in a better state of mind with more energy to help Susie out if you had gone to the gym and had a quality meal?
It can be hard to say no and I get that in these types of situations you want to be there for your friend, however, answer me this: What if your own child had been rushed to hospital? Would you take the time to go over to Susie’s then or would you tell her it would have to wait. My gut feeling tells me that your child’s wellbeing would come first and Susie would just have to wait.
There are very few times in life where things that need our attention need to be acted on immediately. Even though they may seem the most important events in the world, you need to decide that you are worth the highest level of care and that your health and wellbeing needs to come above all others. As hard as it is, that includes family and friends.
#3 – Just Start Doing and Don’t Be Afraid To Fail
I hear it all the time….
“Adam, It’s not a good time for me now, I’ll start at the beginning of next month”
“Adam, I don’t know where to start and I need to find the diet that is the most effective in helping me lose weight”
I will be the first to admit that all the bulk of information that is out there confuses me and I have a Masters Degree and nearly 15 years experience in the field. I can only imagine just how confusing it must be for the average punter just trying to lose some weight. So I get it that you are looking to find the best way to start or that you are having a rough time in life and that starting next month may be a better time for you. However, by doing this, you will always find a reason to never start and the cycle will continue. If you are honest with yourself, you know I am right. Just think about how many times you’ve told yourself you will start your journey next Monday…
The best time is always now!
So with that, I want you to forget about my first two points and just start doing something today. Not on Monday, not at the start of next month and certainly not on the first of January as your New Years Resolution, NOW!
Understand that you WILL fail and you know what…
That is completely fine!
Start again the very next day and continue doing this until you get to your goal. It may take you 2 tries, 20 tries, 1000 tries, but you owe it to yourself to keep going. It is the fear of failure that holds us back and stops us from doing the things in life we want most. The fear of disappointing our family and friends, the fear of letting others down, the fear of not knowing if you can actually do what you set out to achieve.
So no more messing about and second guessing yourself.
Here is what you are going to do;
- Start today!
- Pick a program, a lifestyle, a diet or anything that you think you can see yourself sticking to for the next year.
- Stick with the program for a minimum of 30 days and see how you go. If, after 30 days you hate it or have found it to be completely unsustainable, then drop it and start something else. Keep doing this until you find what works best for you.
- Don’t beat yourself up should you have a bad day. Never forget that you are only ever one day, one workout or one meal away from starting again. Don’t let one bad day/meal/workout turn into a bad week, a bad month or worse, a bad year.
- Finally and most importantly, NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER let the opinions of others and outside influences make you feel that you are not worth the time you are putting into your health. It will be the single best investment you ever make and your future self will thank you for sticking with it.
Have a wonderful day!