Besides motivation, strength is one of the most important tools you need to lose weight. Whether you’re on a diet (which I hope you aren’t) or on a new path to a healthy lifestyle, you need a lot of strength to keep going and not give up on the first try.
I decided to lose weight because of many reasons, but the ones that keep me going are these two:
- I knew I was overweight and needed to lose a few pounds (a few for me is about 20 lbs);
- I promised myself and my family that I will look amazing this summer. A promise is a promise!
However, from saying “I will lose weight” to actually doing it you need to realize that there’s a long way to go and it will be hard and it will seem impossible and you will sometimes want to quit. QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION!
Personally, the moment I say “I promise” out loud, there’s no turning back. This is why I rarely promise anything to anyone! But losing weight is something I’ve been trying to do for a long time but never managed to make it to the end. I would set a goal but after a few tries I would just give up and return to the lifestyle I got used to: no breakfast in the morning, big juicy lunch with no nutritional value, potato chips and chocolate all afternoon and maybe an entire pizza for dinner. Meanwhile, no exercise.
This is not a way to live. Being a couch potato never brought any benefits to anyone. So I decided I needed to do something about it, hence the promise.
Well, so far so good, a promise has been made and here I am, 6 pounds lighter than I was before. Yes, it’s possible to lose weight with the proper foods and a good amount of exercise.
When you decide to lose weight, you should have no excuses. There are a ton of excuses people use when things get a bit hard: “oh, it was my colleague’s birthday, there were so many tempting desserts” or “I can’t exercise, I have no time” etc. If you let these excuses stand in your way, you’ll always be the fat one. It sounds awful but it’s the truth.
I used to find these excuses all the time:
- I have to work a lot, no time to exercise
- I can’t refuse cake, I’ll offend my friend
- I have to eat everything on the plate or my grandma gets upset
- The gym is too expensive, can’t afford to go
- I just don’t feel like doing something about this problem
I’m sure everyone has their own excuses to add to the list but the point is, there should not be anything standing in your way. If you decide to lose weight, you should be able to stick to your routine no matter what.
I have to work a lot – that’s OK, I now wake up 2 hours earlier than I used to
I can’t refuse cake – yes I can, my friends should support my decisions
I have to eat everything on the plate – grandmas never get mad! They just act like they do 😉
The gym is too expensive – I bought a spinning bike, weights and a treadmill. I have my own gym in my own home.
I don’t feel like it – tough cookies! I do it anyway.
Excuses are just some obstacles you need to jump over. If you don’t, you should know that the weight is not going to go bye-bye by itself. It is YOU who needs to put in the work and effort and stop finding excuses.
Losing weight is a process that takes up time and effort from your part. If you’re willing to do this, try to finish it too. If you find it difficult at times, take 2 minutes and reflect on WHY you’re doing it, whether it’s for a new pair of small jeans, great abs to show off at the beach or just so you’ll feel better about yourself, you should be able to finish what you started.
You have to be strong and stay focused on you goal. If you decided to embark on this path, go for it and everytime you feel like quitting, don’t!
Take the time to motivate yourself to get up and do what you have to do. It’s better to have lost those 2 minutes than to have lost the whole battle!