One of the biggest pitfalls people make when beginning a weight loss journey is trying to make too many changes at one time.
Remember…it took more than one month to gain your weight and you added lbs by adapting unhealthy lifestyles one a time. In this sense you were “successful” in your weight gain. Your desire for successful weight loss is going to happen the same way: adapting HEALTHY lifestyles one at a time.
You are going to find great success and transformation by taking on 1-2 changes initially. You will experience even more success if these changes are what I like to refer to as “pulse point” changes. These are simply small changes you can make that will have a large impact towards your weight loss and in living a healthy lifestyle.
Some examples of “pulse point” changes are below:
- For a person that never eats breakfast: Eating protein for breakfast every morning
- For a late night binger: Not eating carbs after 6pm
- For a soda or wine drinker: Eliminating all caloric and sugary type drinks (ie, diet soda, lattes, juices, alcoholic beverages)
- For a perpetual non-exerciser or couch potato: Completing 3- 10 minute workouts weekly. Short but intense.
It is time for you to take your first step towards successful weight loss. I want you to do it right now!
Think of one unhealthy behavior you have and the change you can make to your current lifestyle that will be a pulse point shift for you. Each person is different and it is important to change the behavior that will make the biggest positive difference in your life. One idea to help you find this is to think of your deepest cardinal health “sin” and flip it upside down- find the opposite behavior of this and you’ve found your pulse point change.
When you identify your unhealthiest behavior you have taken your first step towards transformation. You must first be aware of the behavior that needs to change before you can change it.
Now that you have identified the behavior it is time to change it and get on track to healthy.
Once you change it, you will experience incredible transformation so let’s get to your second step towards successful weight loss. Don’t just read this….take time to do it now.
Write down your unhealthy behavior and the pulse point change you will make to shift into healthier living. It is important that you only take on 1 and not more than 2 pulse point changes at one time in order to experience success. You also need to write down the change you are going to make.
Sometimes when starting out people say to themselves that they are going to take something on and then they commit personally, but not publicly. When you have created deeply personal and consistent unhealthy patterns the best way to overcome this is to have your fat loss journey become a very public and specific one.
It is important to set specific + measurable goals/behavior changes/and commitments openly and publicly with accountability. Imagine if you never had anyone checking what time you came into work and you didn’t have to “punch the clock”. Would you show up everyday on time of your own volition?
Accountability works and is a cornerstone for continued motivation and success when the excitement of starting your journey wears off and the challenges set in.
Ready to get to your third step for successful weight loss?
The more people you share your dream/goal with the better. For right now I want you to share the change you are making with one person who is important to you. Ask them to hold you accountable to the change you are making by checking in with you daily. If you don’t have anyone or you feel you need more support then it is high time you look into getting a coach.
Once you’ve gotten your accountability partner you can check in with them on your commitment and follow through. If you don’t check in with them, they should be checking in with you and holding you to your commitment.
Asking someone to hold you accountable, and check in with you, even if you don’t check in with them is how you create a deeper connection and commitment to your goal. If and when you falter, they are there to help you stay on track. Also, just knowing that you’ve committed to them is going to keep you invested in the changes you are making.
I have good news for you from the scientific research front: People that set up a commitment and follow through for their goals by establishing accountability are 85% more likely to achieve it than those who don’t.
Looking for someone now? I would LOVE to be your coach and support you on this journey and guide you along the way.
Leave a comment below with the 3 steps you’ve taken. I want to know how you have committed to your journey on weight loss! I can’t wait to hear all about it.