Shedding the extra layers of clothing from winter can reveal a multitude of sins and trigger action to lose the extra kilos.
Are you sick of yo-yo dieting and wish there was an easier way? If you want to lose weight in spring and not find it again, I’m here to help. When I weighed 100 kilos I was the diet queen. I’d go on a diet and cut out all the foods I loved and anything that tasted good, then try to live off grilled fish and salads. Sound familiar?
What I just described is a DIET and let’s face it, the first three letters are DIE… And it feels a bit that way once you’ve eliminated all the good food and spent 45 minutes a day on a treadmill for the last five days. Sure, you’ll lose weight doing this, but it’s not sustainable long-term. You’ll lose some weight but when it gets too hard, your old go-to foods will creep back into the pantry and the weight will stack back on again.
I know… because I lived this lifestyle until I was 37 years old!
I want to show you a better way. I’m not going to promise quick weight loss, but it will be easier in the long-term because you’re not going to put the weight back on once you adopt a healthy lifestyle.
So, let’s get started. When it comes to weight loss I’m a big advocate of the three P’s – planning, persistence and patience. Let’s look at each of these.
Here’s my 3 step planning process
- Know your weaknesses. To become healthier, you need to know what you are doing wrong in the first place. A great way to do this is to write down everything you eat and drink for a few days, see how much of each food group you are having. Is there one that you are eating too much of? My 8-week weight loss journal is ideal for this.
- Re-assess your lifestyle. What areas do you think need improving? If you want to make changes then you must change some of your habits that have caused you to be unhealthy in the first place. Decide what habits you need to change. You may have to give up some things and cut down on others. Maybe you need to start having breakfast?
- Set some realistic goals then write an action plan. A realistic weight loss to aim for is half to one kilo a week. Your action plan is the thing that will help you achieve your weight loss goal. For example, eating three healthy meals a day and prioritising exercise 4-5 times a week.
Forget about motivation – persistence is what will get you to your end goal. No one can be pumped about losing weight 100 percent of the time. Persistence is about changing the way you live life.
- Create healthy habits. Aim to drink eight glasses of water a day, exercise regularly and choose healthy food.
- Follow a menu plan. I have a fresh menu plan each week on my Symply With You mentoring program which takes the guesswork out of what to eat and how much to eat. There are three different menu levels because weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
- Make changes gradually and permanently. Don’t expect to become a healthy person overnight, if you change your habits too dramatically then you may find it too hard to stick to the routine. Make changes gradually e.g. If you hate skim milk then start with trim and after a while you may find that skim milk is fine. Remember you must start somewhere, so start now.
- Be accountable. Forget all those poor excuses. Don’t hold yourself back any longer. Be the best you can be and don’t stop till you reach your goal!
I had 35 kilos to lose and it seemed like an impossible task at times.
So, to make it more achievable I broke the goal into five kilo lots and just focused on five kilos at a time. And just to put that five kilos into perspective, next time you’re in the supermarket pick up a big bag of spuds. I don’t think they have five kilo bags anymore because they were too big! But pick up the biggest bag they have and really get a feel for how much extra weight you’ve been carrying around. Is it worth losing a few kilos? Absolutely!
Celebrate every step in the right direction
Celebrate all the wins you have along the way and I assure you it will make the journey seem so much more rewarding. Celebrate each five kilos as if it was the last! Celebrate each time you say NO to tempting food and yes to healthy food. Celebrate every day you drink your eight glasses of water. Each one of these small victories is getting you closer to your healthy goal weight.
Nothing worthwhile comes easy, but I guarantee that it is worth the effort in the end if you wish to have energy, vitality and well-being. So, what are you waiting for? With planning, persistence and patience you too can lose weight in spring and never find it again.
Want more? Read about my 6 week Spring Weight Loss Challenge here