Most of the people will simply say ” I want to lose weight” or “Kal se dieting or exercise” “Today only I will eat pasta or maggi, kal se to full on dieting ” …
What do these statements tell you ? To me these statements express Fear… Fear of giving up on your favorite food, giving up on your unhealthy habits, giving up on your laid back routine and start exercising …
In short, a fear of Change drives the resistance to lose weight.
I am going to play a Quiz and let you answer a few questions so that you can judge your readiness to lose weight. Let’s begin –
Are you ready to give up on your favorite not so healthy food ?
You can be ready to lose weight once you accept the fact that there is no returning back from this long journey of weight loss. You must be willing to make permanent changes to your lifestyle.
If you think that you can lose weight in a few months and get back to eating unhealthy again , you must be Alice in wonderland !
And by the way –
What is your weekly goal ?
If your answer is anything more than 2 kgs, please don’t lose calories to read any further. You are not ready at all !
Set realistic goals. Anything between .5-1 kg is an achievable goal and 1-2 kg is an ambitious goal. You may say that a lot of people have lost so much weight in a few months ! Its common sense that a heavier person will lose more weight since he/she has more to lose unlike a person who has last few kgs to lose. Learn how to set weight loss goals here.
Who are your partners in crime 😛 ? I mean who are your supporters ?
If your answer is your best friend who lives in US and you live in India, you are not ready to lose weight. I don’t mean to demotivate you by meaning that an individual can’t lose weight alone, but it is certainly very difficult and needs highest level of motivation. Weight loss journey would be easier when you have supportive people like friends and family around you. Only supporters can push you to keep going at times when you are demotivated.
Its a virtual world and you can find supporters and friends anywhere. Like they say in hindi” Neeyat honi chahiye” . I live miles away from my family with friends who are foodies. I have a few special people who support me but they are nowhere close ..live at a distance ! Now what ? I bug them on Facebook, whatsapp and wherever I can get hold of them ! You will be amazed to know that sometimes behaving like a chipku keeps me motivated 😛 . Day before yesterday , I bugged Ana for half an hour you see 😀 .
Are you stressed or confused?
Stress is the biggest villain of weight loss. Everyone has struggles in life, if you can learn to keep stress aside and dare to stay motivated, you are ready to lose weight. How to get over stress, read here and here. You need to stay focused all the time. If you are confused how to proceed where to start, find a person who has gone through the journey.
Are You Ready To Lose Weight?
If answers to the above questions fit the ball , then bang go ahead, you are ready ! If your answers indicate that you are not ready, halt and think … think through !
- What holds you back ?
- What are your obstacles ?
- What can motivate you ?
- How can you overcome your obstacles or fix things up ?
- Who are the people who can help ?
Figure it out ! Take control of your life ! If I can, so can you !
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