Everyone that embarks on a weight loss journey should be asking themselves the following 5 questions before they start. Your success depends on it…
Who Am I Doing This For?
Why are you trying to lose weight? Is it to impress someone else? Is it because friends and family are pressuring you? The only person you should be trying to lose weight for is you. Weight loss is a personal journey.
Only you will be experiencing the ups and downs of this journey. Only you will have to live with the consequences of your lifestyle. Only you can make lasting change in your life. Lose weight and get healthy for you.
Can I Do This Forever?
Just about anyone can suck it up and follow a weight loss blueprint for 4, 8, or possibly 12 weeks. But that’s not enough time to change your lifestyle for good. Losing weight and keeping it of is a rest-of-your-life decision. Every decision you make, whether it be how you’re eating, or the type/quantity of exercise you’re doing should be sustainable for the long term.
Get the end dates out of your head. There aren’t any. Remember, you aren’t just fiddling with your eating and exercise habits for the next few months, you’re changing your life – forever.
Why Do I Want to Change?
What is your motivation for change? Write it down. Make a list. Write down several reasons. You are going to have to revisit these in the future when your emotional mind takes control of your rational mind, and it starts to question why you’re putting yourself through all this.
Trust me, it’s going to happen too. You’ll begin to rationalize all your past bad behaviors. One by one your old habits become the norm again until you are back at square one. Don’t let it get that far.
When you start questioning yourself, pull out this list and remember how you felt when you wrote it. There was a reason you wanted to change, and you aren’t going to let short-sighted thoughts get in the way of your long-term goals.
Do I Care What Other People Think?
Are you the kind of person who doesn’t take criticism well? We are going to have to work on that. Losing weight is a lonely journey – at least at first. Some people get lucky and have the support of their friends and family, but the majority of people don’t.
Your friends might question your new, healthy choices. Your decisions make them feel bad about theirs. But they won’t say that. Instead, they’ll tell you to “live a little” or “you don’t need to lose weight” or “you’re too obsessed”.
Don’t let this get to you. Understand that their comments are just projections of their own insecurities. If the people close to you have a problem with you wanting to be healthy, then that’s their own problem.
Do this for you, and continue to block out the noise. In time, they will see how your new habits are changing you both physically and mentally, and you will become a source of inspiration for them.
Am I OK With Failing?
Well, are you? Does the fear of failing prevent you from taking chances? Do you run the other way when you start to see failure approaching? What do you do when you do fail? Do you try again, or do you assume you don’t have what it takes to succeed at that task?
These are real questions you need to ask yourself, because the road to weight loss is paved with failures. You will not reach your goal in a straight line. There will be periods of success followed by failure. It’s what you do when you fail that makes the difference.
Understand that failing is going to happen. Do your best to mitigate the damage during those times, and then push forward again. Learn from your mistakes and turn failures into opportunities for personal growth.