Every week I sit down and answer emails and comments from this website. There are literally hundreds of them to go through, and yes, I answer every single one of them for the most part, although it’s taking me longer and longer to answer them (sorry, I do my best!). The point I’m getting at is that people have questions – lots of them. People are more confused than ever. The biggest mistake we all make? We over-think the weight loss process.
Don’t Over-Think Things
I know it’s hard not to. Everyone thinks they are unique and that the rules don’t apply to them. When something doesn’t work that should be, we have a tendency to panic, wonder, question, and change our whole fitness program over and over and over again. It’s enough to drive even the most level-headed person insane. And that’s why patience and consistency are two of the most important, yet most difficult and under-utilized qualities in a lifestyle changer.
Pick It and Stick It
I write a lot about “advanced” weight loss strategies that are geared for people that have hit weight loss plateaus or are trying to get rid of that last bit of body fat. For the vast majority of people though, simply eating whole foods and getting active will take you 90% of the way to your goals. I’m not saying that it’s an easy thing to do. After all, the mind is a powerful thing, and it has a strong influence on your success.
However, you have to keep it simple and trust the process. Take small steps on improving the quality of your diet, and take small steps towards getting more active and increasing the intensity of your workouts. Most importantly, be patient. Two weeks or two months seems like a long time to not get the results you want, but trust me when I tell you that you are making progress.
Maybe it’s not showing up on the outside yet, but the outside is only a small, yet admittedly important personal aspect of the lifestyle transformation process. Every good choice you make is positively changing your body and mind on the inside. It’s only a matter of time before those changes are reflected on the outside. Remember that weight loss is a side effect of living a healthy lifestyle.
Ignore Your Thoughts
Your subconscious mind is a powerful thing. It influences every aspect of your life, and your fitness lifestyle is no different. It creates self-doubt and insecurity. But it also has the power to transform your life for the better. For that to happen, you have to block out the noise. Easier said than done, I know.
However, just as you can choose to give power to those self-defeating thoughts, you also have the power to ignore them. And the more you ignore them, the more time passes by while you continue to eat whole foods and get active. In time, a shift in thinking happens, and you make it over that hump, and the results flow unrestricted.
Keep your mind on your side. Make it an ally in your weight loss pursuits. It’s natural state is to keep you in the status quo. It’s what it knows best and feels most comfortable with. But that can change – as soon as you stop over-thinking things and trust the process. It works, and you are no exception.