Weight Loss, Planning Is Necessary To Hit Those Goals!

your-fat-is-not-your-fault-bookSmall simple weight loss steps will get the job done for you. Real people are doing it and so can you (and me).

All you need to do is adjust your eating habits and your activity levels, and that will make a huge difference in both how much weight you lose and how fast you lose it…

If you can lose one pound of fat, you can lose fifty if you want to! Start with planning your program.

Planning is the Key to Success Especially With Weight Loss Goals

How many times have you half-heartedly started a diet only to end up giving up because you didn’t see immediate results?

It’s been said that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. That saying can have a lot of merit to it. Changing any ingrained habit can be difficult and frustrating if you have no plan.

If you don’t plan out your weight loss strategy how will you know how to get to your goals?

How will you know when you’ve reached your milestones?

How will you know what to do if something unexpected comes up?

Having a plan will make weight loss more manageable and make meal planning a lot easier too.

What kinds of things should you plan?

learned-optimism-bookYou should plan your meals. You can do this on a weekly or even a monthly basis, whichever is easiest for you.

You should plan your workouts and your weight loss goals. Use a calendar so you’ll know when you need to step up your workout routine.

You should plan time to stay motivated. Not many people plan their motivational efforts, but staying motivated is a huge key to success.

You need to do something or read something each day that keeps you motivated.

Planning Meals

This part of planning may take the longest in the beginning, but once you do it a few times it will become easier.

Start by finding your favorite recipes that are quick, easy and contain ingredients you want to use in your weight loss plan.

Will you go low calorie or low carbohydrate? Knowing this beforehand will help you find delicious recipes that are perfect for you and your goals. I chose a low carbohydrate plan…

Plan your grocery list around your new eating plan. Organize your meals in advance and put them into containers or zip lock bags in the refrigerator or freezer. Just pull them out when needed. That added convenience can go a long way to your executing a successful weight loss program.

Plan healthy snacks. There will be times when you need something quick and easy. You also need to have a snack between meals to keep hunger at bay and keep your metabolism going during the day. If you have healthy snacks on hand it will make it easier to avoid having the wrong snacks.

Planning Workouts

dare-to-discipline-yourself-bookPlanning workouts doesn’t have to be difficult. Get a weekly and monthly calendar so you can keep track of where you’re at, your progress and the goals you want to reach.

If you start off walking one mile every day, before long you’ll want to increase that to one and a half or two miles. Decide when that goal feels attainable for you.

Will you be able to walk two miles starting on week 3 or do you need longer? Maybe start walking two miles during the second month.

Whatever progression you are comfortable with is best in the beginning stages. Then as you build the habit up and gain momentum, your natural progression will speed up.

These goals need to be attainable, but they also need to challenge you. Don’t over do it, but strive to increase your distance or your time at weekly intervals or bi-monthly.

Planning Motivation

It can be hard to stay motivated. You need a daily plan for it.

Start each day with something motivational to get you revved up so you’ll be more willing to tackle that workout and stay on track with your weight loss eating plan.

success-is-never-ending-bookThe mental game, staying motivated can be the most difficult part of weight loss but if you take the time to add it to your daily routine you’ll soon start craving it and you’ll look forward to it.

You may have days where it will seem impossible to get motivated and you really aren’t in the mood to listen to some upbeat person who never seems to have a bad day.

Expect those days so you can deal with and not beat yourself up if you skip a day or two. Get back on track as soon as possible though or you’ll fall right back into your old habits.

Planning to lose weight may be something new to you, but it will help you reach your goal, keep you on target and it does get easier over time.

So, if you have weight loss goals to achieve, a solid plan is where you want to start. Don’t start without it…