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My last post detailed the importance of preparation when trying to lose weight. Today we are going to discuss the other vital component of a successful weight loss...SUPPORT.
Preparation will help you get started. It will make sure you make it for a while, but it won’t ensure your long term success. You must arrange ongoing support if you plan to lose weight and keep it off. You’ve got to have a plan in place to help make it as simple as possible over the long haul!
Ok, so support, support from what?
If you don’t hold on to your own vision then you can’t expect others to help you along and support your weight loss. It’s really important that you set up a system to constantly remind you of your goals. Here are a few ideas below. You may not like them all, but if one of them is helpful, then that’s great!
Losing weight is awful lonely if you’re doing it all alone. Lots of people do it alone, so it can be done. But it will be a lot easier for you if you have support from others. You should look around and see who you spend the most time with everyday and try to involve them in your journey.
I hope these lists help you on your way. There will be more weight loss posts in the near future, but I felt it was imperative to lay a good foundation. All the science in the world won’t help you lose weight if you don’t start right. Just remember, Preparation and Support. Then you will be ready for diet, exercise, and science. You know...the easy stuff.
Weight loss is a desperate desire for untold numbers of people today. An estimated 35% of Americans live with obesity everyday (check out CDC fact sheet) and cause serious medical conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart disease.
The statistics from the CDC certainly jive with what I see in the office daily. And, when I mention weight loss to my patients they often say, “I know doc...I’m working on it.” But weeks turn into months and no results come for many of them.
Why is that?!
I’ve noticed that the approach of many who attempt to lose weight is flawed from the beginning. What are the biggest mistakes you ask? They are two-fold.
Preparation and support.
That’s it. Without those two, weight loss plans sink and they sink fast. You can have all the good intentions in the world, but without proper preparation and support you’ll live a lifetime of telling your doctor “I know doc, I’m working on it.” Let’s look at Preparation and Support a little closer so that we can stop that cycle and get some results!
I know I’m getting some weird looks at the screen right now. What does your heart have to do with your body? Everything. Losing weight is a tremendous task. If you succeed it will be one of the great stories of your life. Neither you nor I should start something this big or important without preparing our hearts before the Lord. You may have sin in your life that needs to be dealt with and that takes precedence even over weight loss. Even if you are right with God, you should spend several days in prayer asking God to prepare your heart to go before you just as he told Moses,
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deut 31:8 (NIV)
You can do this without God. What? That's right. Unbelievers lose weight everyday. But if you are a Child of God you shouldn’t do this without Him.
What if I'm not a christian? Well, if you are an unbeliever you should also get your life right with God but not so that you can lose weight but so that you can live in true peace with Him. If you sense God's call on your life I encourage you to click here if you want more information on having peace with God.
“What good does it do,” Jesus asked, “for a man to gain the whole world yet lose his soul.” Mark 8:36 (NIV)
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Mental preparation is vital. Without it your emotions will rule. If you feel like eating, you will. If you don’t feel like exercising you wont. Just like in a good marriage spouses to choose to love each other in spite of their feelings that are fickle. Losing weight is too important to ruin it with emotions that come and go. You will not move closer to your weight loss goals if you don’t prepare your mind to override your negative emotions (everybody has these from time to time). By all means, ride high with the good and positive emotions but don’t let bad feelings keep you from your goals!
With that said (or READ), here are 4 things you can do to prepare your mind.
Your body doesn’t need a lot of preparation to lose weight. This is not to say that you might not have to start out slow on the exercise! But there are some medical considerations like making sure you are healthy enough for aerobic exercise or certain specific exercises (like those that affect your knees if you have bad knees!).
I am not your doctor so I could not help you with this. The good news is almost all adults need a checkup once a year and in my opinion every adult needs a wellness check-up every 2 years. If you have insurance, most plans offer a free wellness exam yearly. Take this opportunity to get a checkup from your doctor. Tell him/her your plans and goals and request an opinion. You’ll probably get a head nod and be told to charge full-steam ahead with or without some modifications. I encourage my patients and try to be their biggest cheerleader, your doc will probably be the same way!
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Blessings to you all!
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