It's easy to say you want to shape up and/or lose weight, however, unless you take some definite strides to put your wishes into actions it's just not going to happen. Around this time of year the good intentions of New Year's resolutions have often already fallen by the wayside. If you find yourself in this category there is no need to beat yourself up and throw in the towel; simply get started now. Today.
A slimmer you is not just for aesthetics, that's just a pleasant side effect. If your weight has begun to adversely affect your life it's time to get real about weight reduction.
First of all, stop putting off starting your new eating plan, exercise routine, etc. There is no perfect time to start, so why not get healthy now? Right now, this minute, write down 3 things you can do TODAY to get you headed in the right direction. For example, cut out the sodas in favor of water, take a walk around the block, skip dessert, or just take a few less bites from the dinner plate.
Now think of the things you once did but are perhaps no longer able to comfortably do. Does taking a flight of stairs leave you winded? Do you avoid amusement parks or other activities that require a lot of walking because you don't have the stamina for it? Does the idea of going out dancing tire you just thinking about it? If you cannot engage in the activities you once enjoyed, it's certainly time for a change.
Are you facing chronic health issues? Being overweight puts a tremendous strain on your body and increases your risk for illness and disease, including heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, certain cancers, metabolic syndrome, and premature death. If you are currently facing a health challenge check with your physician before embarking on your weight loss journey.
Are you envious of others who are already slim or who have lost weight themselves? If so, realize this is a deeper issue that requires your attention. Often this has to do with your own self-worth and feeling deserving enough to do something positive for yourself and your body. Everyone is worthy of self-care, respect and love, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is part of that. Therefore, it is counter-productive to compare yourself to others.
Losing weight is hard work but the results are absolutely worth it. Anything worth having is worth the effort it takes to achieve it. So quit talking about losing weight and just commit to it. Embrace change!