Spring is a time of renewal and an excellent time to rejuvenate our overall health and well being. It’s also a time when many women try to lose weight and shed some of the excess pounds they picked up during the Winter months. As women we want results quick and now. We see the celebrities on TV and magazines and immediately say, “I want to look like that.” We start saying we’re going to cut this out and that out and exercise more and do whatever it takes to lose that extra weight. It all sounds good but many of us fall short because we’re trying to “eat the elephant” in one big gulp.
Mistake #1 Trying To Lose Weight In Very Big Steps. This is very common. We commit to making a huge diet change or commit to a rigorous exercise program four times a week. While these kind of huge goals may be effective for some, for most of us it just doesn’t work in reality. As women we like to think we have the willpower to just completely turn our lives upside down on a whim, but more often than not the changes just don’t stick. If we want to create a lasting change, the best way to lose weight is in small steps.
Mistake #2 Changing Your Diet Overnight. It sounds good but it rarely works. Instead try to change your diet one food at a time, one week at a time. For instance, make it your goal for this week to eat a salad with two of your meals each day. That’s your only goal. You don’t need to count calories. You don’t need to quit fast food. You don’t need to reduce your food intake. All you need to do is eat a salad. Then the next week you might make it your goal to stop eating fried foods. Again, if that’s your goal, it should be your only goal for the week. Don’t try to overdo it by implementing too many changes at once.
Mistake #3 Taking On A Workout Schedule That Is Too Ambitious. Just like changing your diet, your workout habits should also be taken slowly. Trying to commit to a workout schedule that’s too intense could lead to some backlash. Your subconscious mind will start making up excuses for not exercising. Try starting your workout routine with just one or two days a week. Work out enough that you feel like you’re accomplishing your goals, but not so much that your whole body feels like it has been put through the wringer.
Implementing dietary changes and exercises changes to lose weight is truly a mindset shift. Instead of thinking today is the day I’m going to make a huge change in my life, start thinking “I’m going to make a slow and lasting change.” That is how real change with real results is done.`
What are your weight loss goals? Please share and leave a comment below.
Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?