If you are trying to be healthy this summer, there are many things you need to do. If you follow my personal blog, you will know that I have lost over 46 lbs in the last 21 weeks, so I personally have made many life changes to do so!
What do I mean by change your thinking? Well, as I have personally learned, you have to change how you view not only food, but how you think about life in general. Eating healthy and weight loss is a marathon. It is not a sprint. It is not something you quickly get over and go back to normal. It is more of the matra: slow and steady win the race. People who truly make changes are going to keep the weight off. People who go for quick fixes will gain the weight back.
The other part of changing your thinking is that you have to look at weight loss each week. One pound less is still one pound less. If you didn’t lose weight last week, celebrate that you didn’t gain any weight back. I just got back from vacation, and I lost 2.6 lbs in the last 2 weeks while on vacation. I would have loved to have lost 4 lbs in the last two weeks. However, I am celebrating that I was able to lose weight on vacation since I wasn’t able to watch what I ate as closely as I normally do. We ended up having to eat out a lot, and I had to make smart choices. You have to change that thinking that if you don’t lose 1-2 lbs a week that you are a failure. You are not a failure! Instead, any weight loss is a success!!! We often tell our children to try their best and that is what counts. We often forget that ourselves.
As far as exercise, it isn’t all or nothing that even I bought into. I had to change my thinking that taking the dog on a walk was exercise that wouldn’t kill me or give me a heart attack. Exercise is not boring. You just have to find something you like, and there are so many things out there that can get your butt off the couch that you enjoy. My husband loves to swim, and for him, that’s not even exercise. For me, I actually like to Zumba. It burns about 1000 calories a class, and it isn’t boring. Even though I am not all that coordinated, I can do it. If I can, anyone can!
Most of all, if you want to have healthier summer, you need to change your thinking. Be positive and believe you can do it!