I have been doing this for a very long time. Some things worked. Some didn't. I've reached a place of strength on my journey that works for me.
Whether you are new or been on your way successfully for years, I hope you find a nugget in the tips below to take away for your own journey. It is good to review what works for you.
Important Things to Remember:
1. Keep your plan simple. Do not complicate it with a bunch of rules that make it difficult.
2. Don't expect perfection. No guilt.
3. Expect plateaus.
4. Don't get in a rush.
5. Listen to your body.
6. Never give up on yourself.
7. Keep it fun.
It is your journey. It can be anything you create it to be. You set up the guidelines. You can change them as you go.
Don't set yourself up for disappointment by focusing on a weight loss schedule. Our bodies do not lose according to any schedule we set up. Our part is to make conditions right so that our body can lose weight and inches. When you feel like giving up is when you may be close to a breakthrough. Stick with the plan, and the pounds and inches will come off. Your body wants to be healthy.
Don't compare your progress to anyone else. We are all uniquely different.
Don't get upset about not hitting that mark every time. Build in enough leeway to eliminate guilt about being less than perfect. Persistence, not perfection.
Don't say I will never eat my favorite food again. Be mindful about building favorite foods into your plan. Portion control or moderation may work for you. If you think you will do better by avoiding those foods for now, that's fine. It might surprise you that you really don't miss most of the unhealthy foods you were used to eating. Experiment (without guilt) and see what works for you.
Enjoy what you are doing. You are making a lifestyle change. If something doesn't work for you, let it go. Every plan does not work for every one. We learn as we go. Your plan may change over time. What worked well at one time may change as you change. Don't be afraid to experiment.
It's YOUR journey. It does not have to look like anyone else's journey. It can be anything you want it to be.
Credit goes to Kayla Cox (Six Miles to Supper) for part of 1, 3, and 4 on the list of Things to Remember. She captures the thought more succinctly than I would have done.