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Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been using the new Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program. It’s been a great journey, and now that it’s coming to a close it’s given me a chance to reflect on myself and weight loss. Have you struggled with losing weight? Have you tried and failed what feels like a billion times? Then you need to check out 10 things everyone should know about weight loss. It’s not your average list of tips and to dos to shed the pounds. It’s things I’ve found over the years to be true, and that have helped me learn to battle my weight instead of battling myself.
I really have to thank Weight Watchers Personal Coaching program for giving me some things to reflect about my weight, and what exactly it means to me. It seems that we all think we should be on this mission to drop tons of weight because that is what we are told to do. We are told that it will make us better people, more attractive people, and even happier people. Weight loss can be really rewarding if you have a good grip on who you are RIGHT NOW and the real reasons why you want to lose weight.
10 Things Everyone Should Know About Weight Loss
1. You have to Want to Change: Having been addicted to soda most of my life, when I was able to quit drinking soda last year after decades of trying, there was one simple reason that I was finally able to quit. I wanted it more than I wanted the soda. Soda had began to cause me physical pain when I drank it. My addiction no longer outweighed the result of it. The same thing goes for weight loss. You truly have to want to change. Setting goals like “getting into my skinny jeans” is just going to set yourself up for failure. You have to want in your core to feel better. Until you are at that point you will only be setting yourself up to fail.
2. Make it a priority: One thing about humans that is pretty true across the board is that if something is important to you, you will make it a priority. Me, I am addicted to Shondaland TV. No matter where I am, or what I am doing I make it a priority to watch these shows. Every week, I make it happen. The same is true about making healthier choices. If you truly want to change, (see number one in the list) you will make it a priority. You will make appointments with yourself to be active. You will meal plan like a rock star (Weight Watchers is great for helping with that). If you aren’t making it a priority, then you probably weren’t really honest with yourself about number one.
3. You will fail and fail often: One of the best things I learned from my Weight Watchers Personal Coach was if you mess up why would you go back to the start. She explained it like a road trip. If you take a wrong turn on vacation, do you turn the car around and go back home? Nope! You just find your way back to the road you should be on and keep on trucking. That is probably one of my favorite weight loss tips, but it’s also true about anything in life! Failure is going to happen. It’s how you get back on track that counts.
4. Small changes DO make a difference: Forget all the things you’ve read about having to kill yourself at the gym and eating like a rabbit to lose weight. Small changes do count! Even if you start with one thing, like quit drinking soda, you’ve made a step closer to meeting your health goals. Once you conquer that one, move onto another, then another. Results might be slow but you will start feeling better which will make you want to go on.
5. If you don’t love yourself right now, you will fail: This is probably the most important lesson that I’ve learned in my life. I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. With the extra weight came a heaping side of self hatred. I hated the fact I couldn’t have the “willpower” that I needed to be thin. I hated myself for being so fat. This self hate was a never ending cycle. I hated myself, and to cope I ate. The more I hated the more I ate. It wasn’t until I took the time to realize that I am a good person and I love myself RIGHT NOW even with the extra pounds that I was really able to tackle becoming healthier. If you don’t take the time to love yourself and realize that you are worth something no matter your weight, the weight will always come back. Guaranteed.
6. Support is essential: This one is kind of a duh, but it warrants repeating. Finding people that support your healthy lifestyle changes is essential. If you have toxic friendships that are always trying to derail your efforts, it’s time to look for some love elsewhere. Don’t have friends and family that can support you? That is where a good support system can be found in Weight Watchers Personal Coaching. My coach was an amazing support system. We even got to know each other and what was going on in my life. Without her, it would’ve been much harder.
7. Can You Eat this Way Forever: When you are deciding on a way to lose weight, it’s really important to ask yourself can you eat this way forever. If the answer is no, then you need to keep searching. Eating better isn’t something that you can try and then go back to your old ways and expect to keep the results. This question alone is why so many people fail at weight loss. They do the “diet” for however many months and then go back to where they were. If you want to rock this, you have to find something that works for you, permanently.
8. Weight loss is not a one size fits all: Not all weight loss programs are for everyone. We all have different needs, and our bodies are different too. You need to find out what is truly important to you and stick with that. For me, I need to have a program that allows for intuitive eating. Personally tracking all the time is not my thing, but for my mom it was the perfect solution to her losing weight! I am not suggesting you jump diet to diet, but ask yourself the important questions. Can you see yourself actually doing the work required? Do you like having apps and features to help you with your weight loss. Do you need a lot of support? If you answered yes to those questions, then Weight Watchers Personal Coaching would be an amazing plan for you.
9. Change is crazy scary: There aren’t many people in the world that like change. When it comes to your health and weight loss, it can be even more scary. The statistics tell us how many people try to lose weight and fail every year. It brings up anxiety and doubt that you can ever meet your goals before you even start. Don’t let that fear keep you from trying at all. Standing still because you are afraid to try definitely won’t help you meet your goals. It takes a little faith at first, and a lot of support, but take that first step even if it terrifies you.
10. You can trust your body: Though you might not believe me on this one, you can trust your body. You just have to listen. Weight loss is hard because it’s about so much more than the weight. For most of us eating is a coping tool. We eat our emotions, we eat because we are bored, we eat because it’s tradition. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to unwire your thinking that’s been there for as long as you can remember! That’s why support and learning to love yourself right now are really important steps. Slow down, be kind to yourself, and listen. You will learn that you can trust your body, and once you figure that out the rest is cake!