Updated: Jun 6
I remember when I was 50 lbs. heavier and I thought that nothing would help me with losing weight. I felt so hopeless in my journey and was on the verge of giving up. Before I made the final decision to quit, I sat down and had a talk with myself. I needed to face my flaws directly. I needed to face myself in the most uncut way possible.
In my hand I had a notebook. In this note book I created my 5 step plan to weight loss. I I urge you to grab a notebook and follow my step exactly the way they are listed below. I promise you results will come with in the fist couple weeks.
Step 1: Acknowledge the Problem Area(s)
Owning and accepting your flaws is the first step. Knowing and understanding that there are existing areas of concern is very important in any life changing decision. In your notebook I want you to write down what you consider to be your problem area(s). Face these flaws openly with no bias or illusion. Remember, the flawed area(s) to focus on are strictly the area(s) in which you want to correct. For myself it was just my weight in numbers. At the start of my journey I weighed 189 lbs. I was the largest I had ever been. This was concerning for me. Even though there were people who tried to get me to accept that it was OK, for myself it was alarming. When I owned up and accepted the fact that I was not comfortable with my size I knew it was time to implement new strategies to succeed.
Step 2: Create a Strategy
Knowing what to change means nothing if you don't implement any new routines. Creating
routine is not easy believe me. It took me many years before I actually had the courage to admit
to myself I was doing things incorrectly. I had to take my weight loss seriously because I understood no one can do it for me. Write down 3 things you feel have been the biggest factors in your inability to lose weight. Once you have those three things written down I want you to select a date that that those things will be riddled out of your life. Once you've completed that its time to create a fitness routine.
Step 3: Fitness
You are now at the crucial steps that will determine your seriousness and dedication to your weight loss journey. Now that you know what is hindering you, I want you to select 3 things that will help you succeed. The 3 items selected will be the base and foundation of your journey. I encourage you to select 3 things that will not only challenge you physically but mentally. After all, any time you chose to change, grow or increase anything you will want to learn and achieve mental satisfaction. I chose cardio education, quitting smoking cold turkey and journaling. I do suggest to choose at least one thing that will educate you in targeting your problem area(s) that we discussed in step 1. More than often the reason we don't see results in weight loss is because we lack the knowledge and "how-to". Learning is always going to be the key to success no matter what it is your doing.
Step 4: Implementing Change
You've made it this far and you're almost ready! Wow! Now you know what has limited you and you know how you want to succeed. Remember this is a journey for yourself. I know many times we want to believe its for our loved ones and we do things sometimes to be seen as a role model. Stop the adding unnecessary pressure! In the implementation stage you have to release all pressures, judgments, hatred, fears, frustrations, and bias. Now I want you to write in large letter the word "FOCUS"! I want you to list 3 reasons why you chose to embark on this journey! For myself it was completely personal! I wanted my confidence back, I wanted to defeat generational curses, and I wanted to quit smoking. This is the part of the 5 steps where you bring everything together and implement positive behavior. Here's my philosophy:
(Positive routine X Positive habits) - (Bad habits / Unnecessary pressure) = Fulfilling Change
Step 5: Consistency
The hardest part about weight loss is maintaining. At least that's my opinion. There are so many temptations and circumstances that can cause you to get off track. This is where you come up with a routine. The routine you create should be one that is simple and manageable. Please remember making it manageable you can not fail! Think about your schedule and consider the area(s) you want to work on from step 1. Then, research methods to focus on the area(s) that best suits your current lifestyle. Next, I want you to think of the things that hinder you, that we discussed in step 2 and create a removal system. Rid yourself of these habits by replacing them with positive habits. For example I stopped eating beef and pork and began eating more fruits and veggies. Lastly, I want you to think about the moments you have time to yourself. Whether its 5 min or 10 minutes I want you to fit in mental reassurance. Daily you should set aside time for yourself and give yourself a session of encouragement! Everyday, remind yourself that you can do this.
As we touched on the topics of circumstances, pressures and temptations, it is important to remain mentally in the mindset of the journey. I promise if you complete these steps as I have, a noticeable change will occur physically, mentally and spiritually. You will not loose! I believe in you! I did it! I know you can too! All you need is a moment to talk with yourself, so that your mind and body become synced. Then you're unstoppable.