Last week, I wrote about how I was struggling to get motivated to lose weight and get healthy. I’m still lacking that vital spark to kick start my efforts, so I thought this week I’d remind myself about what it takes to lose weight. If losing weight is a quest, then I thought I’d share my weight loss journey essentials.
When people say weight loss is a journey, they’re on to something. And I don’t mean in a hippy-dippy-gonna-cleanse-your-aura way, or even an X-Factor-reality-tv-cheese sort of a way. I mean a journey in its truest sense – there is no magic teleporter taking you from A to B in split second time.
It stands to reason then that, like any journey, you wouldn’t set out without even just a little bit of planning and preparation. After all, even if you’re only nipping to the shops you at least know how you’re going to get there! Like any good traveler though, you should be focusing on making the journey almost as rewarding as getting to your final destination! Enjoying the process is the best way to get to where you want to be, and key to staying there too.
my weight loss journey essentials
You need to know where you’re going – what is your goal? More importantly is it realistic, is it healthy? Is it going to motivate you, or just make you feel as if you have too far to go? You could maybe give yourself other places to stop off at along the way – set yourself mini-goals, to break the journey up.
a mode of transport
This is probably the most important of the weight loss journey essentials. What way of eating and what way of being active are going to get you to your destination?
Diet is obviously vital. It’s important to chose comfort and safety over speed, especially on a long journey. A crash diet may get you there faster, but it isn’t safe and can take you back where you started just as quickly.
And what about exercise? This all comes down to being honest about your fitness levels, the time you have to hand and what interests you most. Then you can find activities to match.
Remember though, you can do all the exercise classes your gym offers, but if your diet is crap you wont get the best results. After all, you can’t outrun a bad diet1!
a route planner
Planning and organisation are the biggest tools when it comes to weight loss. You can follow a miracle diet that has helped a million people lose weight before you, but if you aren’t organised and don’t have a plan then it isn’t going to work as well for you.
This is my favourite of the weight loss journey essentials, I love being organised. Shopping lists, meal plans and tracking your nutrition will all help you map your route, and help steer you back on track when you get lost.
a weather forecast
Your environment impacts on the progress you make. You need a good mindset, to approach weight loss from a positive place. A clear field of vision and positive people to support you are really important too. The more of these things you have, the more likely you are to reach your destination.
But life doesn’t always work that way. You should look ahead to any saboteurs or things which may knock you off course. Do you have a time of the month where things may be a struggle? Do all your social occasions revolve around food? Think ahead and have ideas of how to get through each patch of bad weather before it hits.
Mark your journey with postcards of your progress, snapshots of your changing body and rewards for every milestone you hit. They will keep you motivated as you go, showing you how far you’ve come. They’re also incredible to look back on once you get to your final destination.
what that means to me…
I’ve looked at each of the weight loss journey essentials to try and get more focused.
My ultimate destination is a body in a healthy weight range for my height and a healthy body fat percentage. A body which fits into size 12 clothing and is fit and strong. That means a 10% body fat reduction and 24lb weight loss, dropping a dress size (and a half!), and making noticeable charted strength and fitness progress.
I honestly believe that a diet of high quality, nutritious food in the right amount is the way to go. I’m going to focus on a diet based on as few processed foods as possible, with quantity kept in check by tracking.
Fitness-wise, I’m going to work through my maternity leave fitness bucket list. I’m on the final level of my postnatal recovery DVD, then I’m going to focus on strength and flexibility with yoga. Cardio is covered by Zumba and walking over 5 miles four times a week.
I need to work on my mindset, and be more mindful of situations that can throw me off. Weekends and times out of my routine are danger zones for me. Unfortunately I haven’t quite figured out how to get through those times without coming out of them a little weather beaten.
I have taken before pictures, and will be taking some progress ones as I go. I’m also logging my changing measurements and body fat on MyFitnessPal which presents it in a graph. I am a sufferer of the “fat day” which can make me feel as if I’m getting nowhere. A record to look back on can keep me motivated.
I have a plan. I have my weight loss journey essentials. Now lets just see if I can put it all into action!