“Eat less, exercise more” is truly the key, but it really isn’t that simple. Weight loss is really hard.
The absolutely critical first thing you need to start a weight loss plan is dedication. If you aren’t ready to really commit, don’t bother. You’ll end up frustrating yourself. This is going to be hard! It’s going to require tough choices. You’re going to miss out on things! But, I promise you, it will be worth it.
Once you’ve decided you’re dedicated and ready, focus is the next thing you’ll need. You really have to prioritize this to make it work. To keep my focus, I asked myself two questions before I did ANYTHING:
1. How does this contribute to my long-term goals?
2. Is this nourishing?
Here’s the thing, for the first question, the answer doesn’t matter. You could be sitting in front of a piece of cheesecake and ask if it contributes to your long-term goals and the answer could be “no”, but that was OK as long as you’re aware of it.
For the second question, it is more important to answer “yes”. However, it doesn’t have to be physically nourishing. It’s great if it is, but indulging in a glass of wine could be nourishing to your social relationships or eating a few bites of your mom’s famous casserole when you’re feeling down could be nourishing to your soul (though I don’t encourage emotional eating, I am aware that there is a connection between food and emotion and as long as you’re aware of the reason you’re eating, I think it’s OK occasionally).
So, that’s the beginning: dedication and focus. Being in the right state of mind makes all the difference.