Be In It to Win It

How many times have you tried to lose weight and gave it up after a week or two?

Personally, I couldn’t count on both hands how many times I attempted to get fit and thin before I finally figured it out. And I imagine that a lot of you are in the same boat. The good news is that it doesn’t matter how times you’ve tried; you can and will be successful with just a couple of small tweaks.

I’ve come to believe that there are 4 things you must fully embrace in order for your weight loss efforts to succeed. I’d like to share these with you:

  1. You have to mentally make up your mind that getting fit and thin is the most important thing in the world to you, and you will overcome any obstacles that block you from your goal
  2. You must accept the fact that you need to make PERMANENT changes in how you are living your life. These changes don’t have to be drastic, rapid, or uncomfortable, but you do need to understand that if you continue to do the same things you’re doing now, you’ll continue to get the same results.
  3. Have someone you can count on for support and to help you be accountable. Be careful who you select for this role; even our best friends and our closest family may not really want to see you succeed. Choose wisely.
  4. Keep it simple! You have to have a simple plan that you can live with forever. Remember that if you jump into an eating plan that is too restrictive, or if your plan is calling for 2 hours of exercise a day, you’re not going to stick with it. The simpler, the better. If I may make a suggestion, go back through the archives of this blog and read the 10 weekly tips I posted suggesting easy and gentle things you can do to get you started losing weight.

Losing weight can be difficult enough. So why not get yourself in the right mindset by incorporating these 4 things into your mindset from the beginning?

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6 Responses to “Be In It to Win It”

  1. waistloss Says:

    That support thing is crucial! I’m so glad I have a playout partner and my blog friends!

  2. Rick Says:

    Well said! It’s my philosophy exactly.

  3. loseweightwithme Says:

    WAISTLOSS — The support from the bloggers is incredible, isn’t it?

    RICK — I think it’s a winning philosophy.

    🙂

    Brian

  4. totaltransformation Says:

    You left out one thing that is essential.

    Before you can begin a serious weight loss journey (one that will last) you need a DPCM (Drastic Perception Changing Moment). Something that changes your whole outlook on life- and what it means to you. For some it is a heart attack, for some a new child, whatever it might be. Without one, you will be the same person with the same habits that got you fat in the first place.

  5. gjosefsberg Says:

    Number 2 is critical. Don’t think of it as a temporary change. Don’t think of it as a diet that you will succeed at and then end. You need to make permanent changes to your life, or else any weight loss will be temporary.

  6. loseweightwithme Says:

    TT — I agree with you to a point. It can certainly help to have a major event that motivates you. But at the end of the day, you can be just as successful losing weight by incorporating some simple exercise and reducing portions sizes.

    GJOSEF — I agree, I think it’s perhaps the most important one on the list.

    Thanks, guys, for stopping by and commenting!

    Brian

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