I’ve lost over 100 pounds, and while that doesn’t make me a weight loss expert or anything, there are a few things I do know a lot about like losing and gaining the same weight over and over and making ridiculous excuses.
This time, I’m really close to my goal weight, and I’ve figured out most of my tricks and how to get myself to stop pulling them by calling myself out on them and addressing them head on.
One of my old tricks was falling off the wagon, and then pushing back the date when I would “start” again.
So, whether you are new to losing weight, or just want to get back on the weight loss wagon, here are some reasons why you should start, or re-start, today.
1. Tomorrow never comes.
I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it. Tomorrow is a perpetual lie we tell ourselves so we can keep behaving badly. Addicts do it. Everyone does it who doesn’t want to buckle down and face the music. There is no tomorrow! Just like there is no Monday. Monday rolls around and around and you are back in the same boat. Today is the only day there is. It is always today, right? Can you remember the last time it wasn’t today? No. So start today.
We also have to drop this idea of starting and stopping. It’s not a diet, right? It’s a journey. A lifestyle. There’s no beginning or end to it. It’s always today. It begins with your next meal. If you have a bad meal, start over with the next meal, don’t scrap the whole day and start tomorrow, or scrap the whole week and start Monday, or the whole month…well you get it.
2. Your motivation is high right now. Go with it.
If you are reading this now, there’s a reason. You either went looking for this or this found you, but either way, here you are. Don’t give yourself a chance to cool down. Don’t give yourself a chance to talk yourself out of it, or start self-sabotaging or coming up with excuses or reasons why you can’t start losing weight today.
There will always be reasons why you can’t. You’ll always find them if you go looking for them. You’ll always be too busy, or to this or too that, or too something. Something will always seem to come up and take precedence. Think only of the reasons why you can and why you should.
Come up with a “Why.” The bigger the “Why” better in terms of motivation. Whatever your “Why” is, the sooner you start, the better it will be.
3. If you don’t start today, you’re going to want to eat the rest of the junk food in your house so it won’t be there to tempt you when you do start.
This one always makes me laugh, because we all do it. It’s so true!
The junk food should go into the trash, or to a local food pantry if you can. But don’t eat it this weekend as one last hurrah and start your healthy eating on Monday.
That’s so self-defeating! If you cut 500 calories per day for a week, but eat an extra 5000 over the weekend (it’s not that big of a stretch, believe me, especially if you have Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer,) then it’s going to take you more than a week to overcome your weekend binge.
That’s not going to help you at all. That’s not what you need. Get rid of it by getting rid of it, not by eating it. Your body isn’t a trash can, stop filling it with garbage.
4. You don’t have to be as ready as you think you have to be.
No, really. You don’t. Catch yourself off guard before your rational brain and those inner chatterboxes know what hit them.
“But I’m not ready!”
“I don’t have a plan.”
“I’m not meal prepped.”
“I don’t have 5 days worth of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins cooked, portioned and individually labeled in the refrigerator in color coded plastic containers along with four cases of water, 5 sliced lemons, and more healthy snacks than I could hope to consume in a month.”
OK, well you can do all of that tomorrow, but today you can start by drinking lots of fresh clean water, from the tap if you have to, eat a moderate portion of something moderately healthy, and make yourself a grocery list. Take the dog or the baby or the hubby or the kids or the neighbors kids or just yourself for a nice long walk. Do some stretches. Write your thoughts and your goals in a journal. Weigh yourself. Wait! It’s not morning! I know, you’ll feel like you’ve lost weight the first time you do weigh yourself in the morning. Take a few measurements, and get a good night’s sleep. There you go. See? You can start losing weight today. Congratulations, look how easy that was.
5. Six months from now you’ll be glad you did, and if you don’t you’ll wish you had.
Think back on all the times you planned on starting a new diet or weight loss plan and didn’t. You meant to. January 1st. Or maybe some random Monday. But the day came and went and so did your good intentions. I can tell you this has happened to me before, I can’t tell you how many times, though, I lost count. I’ve bought a cookbook or DVD I was so excited to use, but my excitement waned the longer I waited and the more time went by, the less motivated I was, until the motivation left me altogether.
So, I used to always do mental math. I hate math, so it was probably not altogether very accurate, but I would count in my head the number of pounds I was going to lose each month on whatever harebrained new plan I was cooking up. I would then calculate exactly how much I was going to weigh each month going forward, if, by some snowball’s chance I could manage to stick to it. Then, a few months after realizing, that whoops, I hadn’t stuck, or double whoops I hadn’t even started, I would again do the math and calculate how much skinnier I should have been at that precise moment than I actually was. Cue a large bout of self hatred, probably followed by an ice cream sundae or a bag of chips. Or both. Probably both.
I don’t let myself play this crazy game anymore, but seriously people, don’t let this happen to you! Don’t look back in July and wish you had started in January. Think of where you could be in July. Sitting on a beach? No? Well at least sitting more comfortably in your chair.
The moral of the story is…
Wherever you’ll be, you’ll be really glad you read this post, and that you followed my advice, because while I don’t know everything, I do know how to outsmart that voice in my head that says “Nope, not today,” and the one that says “No, I can’t” and the one that says “You should eat that cupcake.”
Well, most of the time anyway. Once in a while the stupid cupcake still wins, but I’m in control 99% of the time!
And where will I be in July? At my goal weight, that’s where. Don’t believe me? Check back and see!
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