Making this habit building process easier takes a village sometimes and that is why it's a good idea to do it as a community. Find a group of friend to support you, challenge you and hold your hand along the way until the month long changes become part of a healthy lifestyle is a great idea!
And this is why we are doing this community weight loss challenge.
But before you start, there are few things to make sure you do to make this process easier:
1- Get rid of unhealthy foods in your home
Clean out your kitchen and get rid of unhealthy foods, trigger foods, addictive foods... etc. Just because a food is healthy does not mean it will not sabotage your weight loss goal. Nuts, dried figs, dates, ... are all high calorie foods that could easily be be addictive and trigger the endless snacking frenzy. So make sure to give those away to friends or food banks... just make sure they are not anywhere to be seen in your home
2- Let everyone know you are on a weight loss challenge
Letting your friends and family members know that you are trying to build some healthy habits and finally get rid of those last few lbs that are making you sluggish is always a great idea! There is nothing better than making your goals public and having the support of your loved ones. This might help them join your challenge for themselves and will help build these healthy habits together which is a double win.
3- Get a workout buddy
If working out is part of your weight loss challenge which it should be, get a buddy! Someone who will motivate you to just GO to your workout class, your gym ... when you have one of those days!
Dieting as the only way to lose weight is possible but a crazy idea that won't lead anywhere good. You will have to starve yourself to create the right calorie deficit to lose weight which will lead you to a dark hole you don't want to end up in. Starving the body lead to serious emotional, physical and mental challenges that could take a lifetime to fix. Do yourself a favor and incorporate physical activities of any form in your lifestyle not just to create the calorie deficit you need to lose those last lbs but also to feel better, come alive and build the physical and mental strength that your body and mind will thank you for as long as you live.
4- Be nice to yourself
There will come days when you can't workout to save your life. There will be days when you will just eat that crappy piece of cake that left you sluggish for hours ... yes life happens when we are busy making plans.
What to do? well just act like it never happened and move on! Don't blame yourself and don't quit just because you had one little bump in the road. If you run a red light first thing in the morning, you don't go through the day saying "well screw it, I am just going to run every red light today because my day is now ruined".
You are human, you are not a superhero and you will never be one. Life is not black and white (Trust me, I am a perfectionist). Know and accept the fact that failures will happen and it's not about the shortcomings in life, it's about how we handle those shortcomings that make us stronger beings.
5- Get rid of those crazy ideas that got you no where
If you have been trying to clean up your diet for awhile without going anywhere or if you have been trying to lose those last few lbs without any success, there might be some crazy ideas in your head that should vanish for good especially before you start this challenge.
Examples of these ideas would be:
- I workout to eat whatever I want: no you don't, you can't and you should not! 100 burpees does not burn a burger or a nachos! so think about that next time you want that greasy burger. You need to do 1000 burpees to burn it!
- It's harder for women to lose weight: NOPE! Weight loss a simple matter of calorie deficit. If there is a deficit, you will lose weight whether you are a man, a woman or an alien (I am guessing :)
- Night eating is the worst: again, calorie deficit is how weight loss happens. So the bottom line at the end of the day is what really matters. If you had 2000 calorie before 6 pm or if you fasted all day and consumed 2000 calorie after 10 pm will make no difference as far as weight loss is concerned.
- Drinking water helps with weight loss: it's not the water that helps with weight loss, it's the fact that water is filling and combined with fiber helps feel fuller longer. So you can drink all the water you want, if you don't consume real clean food, you will not lose an ounce.
- Becoming vegan will help me lose weight: you are giving up high fat foods and that could help as long as you are not replacing those foods with other high calorie foods. There are a lot of unhealthy and even obese vegans. So the vegan route does not necessarily lead to weight loss
So clean up your home and your mind first and the rest should be a "piece of cake"! A change of attitude could create powerful changes in your life beyond your imagination and only those who have done it know what I am talking about. But again success breeds success. Try first, have faith in the process and surround yourself with love and support and you are guaranteed the success. Once you taste that success, you will believe in the process and in yourself even more and more success will come your way!
Let's do this!