Suppose you were planning a cross-country road trip. The thought of a 3,000 mile journey might seem overwhelming. Therefore revamp your thinking, Break the trip into smaller milestones. When I reach Memphis I’ll visit Graceland, When I get to Arizona, we’ll see the Grand Canyon – see all of a sudden you are looking forward to it because you’ve broken a burdensome task into short-term goals.
Apply this same strategy to your weight-loss ambition. Create smaller steps for attainable goals.
Remember you are creating life practices not simply losing weight. You want to feel this accomplished everyday! Each time you conquer “self” you reach new heights of disciple.
It is not selfish to desire to be healthy for God! In fact He commands it. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us: “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Ask yourself: if you require your children to follow godly values which you don’t even follow, why would they? It’s the same with healthy values! Be a positive example.
By striving to become the healthiest individual you can, you demonstrate self-discipline; those inner strengths which makes you a strong, determined person for your children to emulate.
Demonstrate how it’s done by making it fun. Start by creating the common goals known as “SMART” intentions: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Trackable:
- First measure your bone structure by wrapping your thumb and middle finger around your wrist. If your fingers overlap, you’re small boned. If they just touch, medium boned and if they can’t touch at all, you are large-boned. Be realistic about how much weight you can lose based on your body type.
- Set your goal at 1-2 lbs lost per week because you’ll keep it off for the long haul. If you want to lose more, you’ll have to exercise more in order to lose fat.
- Ask “What is my motivation?” If you set your goal for someone’s approval or a specific event, when that’s over, so is your motivation. It must be your goal because you’re the only one who lives in your body.
- Focus on “just for today” goals, like increasing fiber and water until it becomes second nature. Don’t allow too many goals to overwhelm you, just gradually incorporate them into your lifestyle like using smaller plates or “fork down, spoon down” each day.
- Don’t add undo pressure for perfection like “I’m going to exercise two hours each day!” If you’re an all or nothing personality, you’ll give up when something interferes. Start with 20-30 minutes when possible or 10 minutes when you’re busy – you’re still going forward.
- Being realistic is recognizing that you won’t be perfect. Identify your emotions. Forgive yourself and get back on track. If you were heading to a ski area and took a wrong turn you wouldn’t give up and turn around, you’d keep going forward.
- Make gradual changes so your mind can catch up. It won’t be until weeks later that your brain realizes you’re thinner than you thought. So use something tangible like a belt notch to keep track.
- Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Realize that if a celebrity lost 45 lbs she had a lot of help behind the scenes with personal trainers, private chefs, massage therapists . . . Your goals are your own, focus on those.
- Educate yourself. Understanding why we do certain things physiologically, keeps us focused.
- Track your successes on a graph to establish a sense of accomplishment.
Embrace the fact that you’re becoming a New Creation!