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Lesson One: Getting Started

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You want to lose weight. You have considered it. The first thing is to get real. And real SUCKS. I know most people want motivational information. It’s coming. But the bottom line is that when you start getting real you start seeing how bad things are. I know. I am there. It’s daunting, scary and frustrating. So how do you get real? Food diary. I hate them. Essentially you write down everything you eat and drink. I think it is important to do it before you start dieting or start a new “lifestyle” program. Why? You need to see what you were doing. You need an accurate look at what you were putting into your body. It’s harsh and painful. But it is reality. This diary should also include a daily look at how much exercise, if any, you are getting. You have to be brutally honest. (And believe me, I know how painful these truths are.)

As you are putting this info in, you need to be making a plan. When you see those numbers you are going to be upset most likely. So you need to have a plan on how you are going to change. How are you going to eat better and get better calories and meals? What changes are you going to make? P-L-A-N! 

Once you have reviewed the calories from the old lifestyle, start putting the new lifestyle into action. Don’t go crazy either. It is a change. If you are like most people, you are busy. Don’t try to make all these fancy schmancy recipes unless you don’t do anything but cook those fancy schmancy recipes. Do the basics first. Get those down. Then start adding on slowly. When you learn to walk, you don’t start running marathons. You can’t do that with dieting either. You may be a pro at starting and quitting them. So what? This time you need to do it right. This time you need to do it with intention and with purpose. Do it like you mean it. That means you may have to slow your roll on the impressive recipes, but a few great recipes that are mix and match are better than trying hard on several and getting so frustrated that you just quit. Right?

If you want more info on the praises of a food diary, go to WebMD. They have a great article there that explains it wonderfully.

So your first lesson is to:

  1. Review what you were doing that failed you in the past.
  2. Plan for new things.
  3. Make changes.
  4. Go slowly.

Not so terrible, huh?

About Amy

Recently I came to an ugly realization–I am middle aged. I didn’t really think so but then I doubled my age and thought, “Hmmmm…some of people don’t live to that age. I must be middle age.” This epiphany came in the third quarter of my 39th year. So I am surviving middle age…it’s scary.

2 responses »

  1. Yep, it’s hard to figure out how to get where you want to go unless you first know where you are…


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