I get a lot of emails asking me HOW to lose weight, or how to stay motivated. There seems to be a common thread of "I TRY to lose weight, but I just can't seem to stick with it. I start but I fail, over and over. Will I EVER find a way to lose this weight?" It's no secret that losing weight is tough. But it's also no secret how to do it. No magic pills, potions, or soup recipes are going to *make* you lose the weight. If there was a Lose Weight Fast and Easy pill, everyone would be thin. Instead, we have to basically eat less, and move more. Fewer calories eaten, more calories burned. So why is it SO HARD to implement that into our lives?
I think a lot of it has to do with getting overwhelmed. We try and change our lives around 10000% in 1 day. We want to go from eating whatever the heck we want, all the time, and doing no exercise, to eating 1200 calories and working out an hour a day. It's such a huge change that it's very difficult to maintain. What to do??
Enter the "Habit-A-Week Challenge!" How simple is it to change ONE tiny little thing in your life each week?? It takes effort, but it isn't overwhelming. You just do that ONE thing every day. And then the next week you keep that good habit and add another one. Then another, and another, until after 16 weeks you have SIXTEEN healthy and useful habits working together for your health and weight loss.
I got this idea from a nutrition class I took in 1992, when I was 23 years old. I had gained some weight with the birth of my second child, and I was up to
Starting next week (October 6), I will post a new Habit of the Week each Monday. You JUST focus on that ONE habit all week until it becomes ingrained. If you stick with it, and keep working on each new habit, you WILL lose weight. You game? Give it a try!
One of the first things the LEARN manual asks is, are you REALLY ready to lose weight? Because if you are not ready, you won't be able to do it. So your first assignment to prepare for the Challenge is to sit down and make a list. One one side of the paper it will say "Pros" and on the other side it will say "Cons." List all the benefits and reasons why you want to lose weight under Pros. List all the sacrifices and negatives you associate with losing weight under Cons. Which list is longer? If your list of Cons is far longer than your Pros, you might need to delay your weight loss attempt for another time in your life, or perhaps go to counseling to discuss and discover why losing weight seems like a negative to you.
One of the nice things about this Challenge is that you do not need to set a weight loss goal. All you do is commit to doing each new habit each week. If you stick with it, you are almost guaranteed to lose weight. I am going to do it myself... because, frankly, I am sick of stagnating.
If you'd like to join the Habit-A-Week Challenge, all you have to do is begin today. Make your list of pros and cons. And BE READY for your very first habit for Week One!