New Day New Start is Always Your Best Attitude
It’s great to start over. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed, it just means you are in a better place now that you’ve learned something. New Day New Start! Today you are more prepared. Today you are confident that you are going to be better and stronger. Why not start over? It’s not going to hurt anything. Thomas Edison said “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
When it comes to losing weight, I’m sure we’ve all experienced setbacks. Usually this is because we’ve tried some new diet that is totally unrealistic. Diets don’t work because they are focused on deprivation, and nobody wants to feel deprived. Diets are not a lifestyle change. They are a quick temporary fix, and once you fall back into your old habits, the weight comes back on. The trick is to change your habits, but that’s a whole different subject. Right now I want to talk about commitment.
When I started this blog, I thought I was committed. I was excited, I had a plan, and I was going to share it with all of you to hold myself accountable. Here’s what happened – I gained 10 lbs! Seriously, what’s up with that? I had been cruising along for 2 1/2 years without any weight gain whatsoever, and the day I decide to really go for it, I suddenly gain 10 lbs in a month. It was my decision that triggered the opposite effect. So I write a blog on “How to Stop Self Sabotaging Behavior,” and it was right after that when my weight really jumped. If you follow the blogs, you’ll see the problem isn’t the program, it’s my failure to stick with the program. Clearly I was not all that committed. Moving forward, what did I learn?
Your commitment level must be measured before you start. How do you measure your commitment level? You write down exactly what you are going to commit to, and then you ask yourself if this is something you will actually do. It has to be realistic. It has to be fun! You should enjoy each new step and make it so easy it will be hard to tell yourself “it’s too hard.” For example, if you want to commit to working out first thing in the morning, start by committing to setting out your clothes the night before. One simple step that makes it easier and will remind you of your long term goal.
Revisit your “Why”
I want to be healthy, and I know that my body fat is over 33%. That’s more than a third of my body and absolutely unacceptable. I want to lose weight because I know I will feel better, I won’t stress as much, and it will be fun to wear a wardrobe of new clothes that show off my fit figure. Honestly, I hate getting dressed in the morning because all of my clothes make me look fat. (Of course it’s not me, it’s the clothes!) I’ve found a simple system for great nutrition that takes care of 2 meals a day, so the only thing I have to think about is a few healthy snacks and one meal. There’s no reason why I can’t have the body I’ve always dreamed of. On that note, I’ve also dedicated my life to teaching others about the benefits of nutritional cleansing, because it truly changed my life. People, especially those that are over 50 like me, have no idea how good they can feel. Being overweight has become the norm, something to expect. We’ve all accepted the common belief that our bodies are getting older and it’s downhill from here. I am living proof that this is absolutely false. If I stay “average” it will not make the impact I am looking for. I want to make a huge change in my appearance as others have done on this program so that people will notice and ask me how I did it. Since the company compensates it’s customers for referrals, the more I share this program the more I can make a difference in people’s lives, not only physically but financially. What’s wrong with teaching people how to make money losing weight?
Don’t Try to Do This Alone
Find 2 friends that will hold you accountable. Who doesn’t know a friend or two that would like to lose weight and have more energy? When you get started with Isagenix, we will introduce you to a global network of support. There are groups and niches everywhere to provide you with insight and tips to keep going, but the real difference will be getting started with someone who has been there with you and knows you well enough to kick you in the butt if you need it. Sign up for an exercise class together. Plan to reach out when you feel like cheating so they can help get you through any temptations. Who do you know that will help you stay on track? Write their names down and give them a call. I’m sure they would be honored that you are reaching out to them.
It’s important to write down your goals, but it’s more important to write down how you are going to reach them. You’ve got to have a game plan.
- Lose 30 lbs in 3 months or less.
- Reduce body fat percentage to 24%.
- Follow the Isagenix Nutritional Cleansing System – 2 shakes a day and daily cleansing plus additional supplements.
- Hit the gym 3 days a week.
- Keep my evening meal between 400 – 600 calories.
- Take monthly measurements.
- Plan my snacks so that I am eating something every 2-3 hours. (3 meals + 3 snacks/day)
- Drink 100 oz of water daily.
- Keep track of my calories/exercise in MyFitnessPal and do not go over 1200 calories/day.
- Get 8-9 hours of sleep each night.
- Read/recite my affirmations.
Looks pretty simple and straightforward, right? Let me remind you that I have been doing this for awhile and there are some bad habits I’ve already kicked that you may still be dealing with. I don’t drink coffee and rarely drink alcohol. (Those are 2 biggies.) I used to smoke. I don’t drink soda, I don’t eat fast food or fried food, and I’ve cut out all artificial sugar. I’m still working on cutting back on the sweets, but I know that I deserve to enjoy myself and part of that is eating foods I love.
Here’s the Best Part
One of the main reasons why people on the Isagenix plan do so well is it allows you to eat. There are no rules other than put the good stuff in and see what happens. Don’t try to fix all of you bad habits, just commit to nourishing your body with healthy food. Before Isagenix, I could not lose 5 lbs in 5 years, simply because I love to eat. In 3 weeks, I dropped 15 lbs of fat, and I know I cheated every day because that’s what I do. I love food. Here’s what happened: within days I started to feel more energy. My brain fog cleared and my cravings were less demanding. I still wanted all the bad stuff, but I was not as compelled as I used to be. I was in a better place mentally, where I could stop and think about it, instead of being controlled by that ravenous feeling which gave me no other option than to stuff my face. Once you experience this it’s time to take the next step, which I’ve described below.
Identify Your Weaknesses
Here’s just a few examples:
Pizza. Sometimes “just one little bite” can turn into a whole piece and more. Drink your shake before it arrives and remove yourself from the area when it is served. Trust me, the regret you feel afterwards knowing you just destroyed all of your hard work is so not worth it.
Mindless snacking in front of the TV. If you get the urge to eat, especially during the commercials for Red Lobster and Burger King, then turn it off and go read a book. Or just record your favorite shows and skip over those annoying commercials!
Stress and Emotional Eating. Take a walk or a nap. Have a nice hot cup of tea. You must be aware of your emotional triggers and the environment that creates them. This is learned behavior and automatic, so it will take some planning (and quite a few fails) before you learn to adapt with evasive maneuvers.
Sugar and Carbs. If you need to eat something sweet, make sure you include protein, healthy fat and fiber to counter balance the insulin spike. Too much sugar leads to a crash that’s difficult to recover from.