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Feed The Kids, Get Your Hair Done, Lose Weight

09th Jul 2014

Shop Your Way Fat!

If you are one of those people that has tried to lose weight and failed, you know how difficult it is. To be honest if you have lost weight and succeeded, you know how difficult it is! The challenge that most people face is the ability to keep weight off. I don’t mean a few pounds here and a few pounds there, I am talking about gaining back what you lost and then some. Why does this happen? From my experience of keeping weight off and working with people that do there are a few habits that they do repeatedly that get the job done.

Interesting story to start off with. I hear a lot of people say they don’t have time for exercising or can’t afford to eat healthy. I was at a major shopping centre on Sunday and it was packed. Based on the fact that it’s July as I write this which isn’t a typical hot spot for shopping, I would assume that shopping is important to these people. I am also assuming that money is spent that could be set aside for exercising or correct nutrition. I don’t say to be judgmental, how people spent their time and money is up to them. The point I am trying to make is about one key skill that everyone that wants to lose weight needs to master..

And that is the “ability” to prioritize things....

The Lost Art Of Everything

To start with, let’s assume you follow a day time routine of some kind. Parent s for example shouldn’t need motivation to look after the children. (or at least I hope not) This is because at some level it’s a priority. If you have to go to work to pay your bills, guess what? It’s a priority. You don’t “have” to go to work but you do to have the quality of life you now have. This is because it’s a priority for you.

I am assuming that the above points are not that arguable. Here is the interesting one, if you talk about diet and exercise to people, it’s a real struggle for that to be a priority. The classic reason “I just can’t find the time” is always used. Now then, this is a key point as well, most “fitness” people would argue that this is because the person is “lazy” I disagree, I would argue in most cases this is because the person doesn’t know “how” to prioritise things. I would argue that prioritising is a skill that needs to be practiced and learned like anything else.

Set Yourself Free

One of my favourite things to do with people is set them free. How do you do this? Well, the first thing to do with any goal, especially weight loss, is to decide whether you actually want to do it. See people get caught up in “can and can’t” situations. If you don’t want to d something, don’t do it and accept the consequences. Don’t stress yourself out by walking round saying you want something but you “can’t” do it. Just forget it.

How To Prioritize

Practice....that is all.....

No seriously, practice is key but you need a system that allows you to set priorities and then work on making them a daily habit. It amazes some people that you can learn how to prioritize. I promise you can. I did and I am a great example of how to lose weight and keep it off. 2005 I started and I am still here. I did it by constantly looking at what was important and working on that.

Question, if you wanted to cook something and you didn’t know how, what would you do? I am guessing that you would read a recipe book? Well it’s the same with priorities, you need a plan and you need to write stuff down. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE that succeeds at keeping weight off (notice I didn’t say just lose it) has some kind of planning system.

Three Ways To Prioritise

  1. Your “100” List Write down 100 reasons why you want to lose weight. I mean it. Take the time. Oh and I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT is NOT NOT NOT AND DOUBLE NOT a goal!!! Do not make me come over there!!!!! If you start to come up with enough reasons why weight loss is a good idea then it makes the process more manageable.
  2. Pick One Thing Yes that’s right. Once you have 100 compelling reasons to lose weight, then pick one that is the most important. Focus on that on a DAILY basis. Write that reason down at least once per day.
  3. Get a planner or diary Before you start this, you need to have some way of recording your plans and priorities. I promise if you try and wing this you will fail.
  4. Plan your activities around that reason

    Here is an example, if you want to be able to play with your grand children without collapsing then write this down alongside your planned activity. If you want 30 minutes per day, then write this down in a planner or diary, for example “7:30am walk for 30 minutes as want to be able to play with the grand kids in the future” You get the picture?

Conclusion & Learning Points

Don’t try and make time. The worst thing that a fitness person can do is tell people to “make” time. That is not a strategy. Yes we need to honest with ourselves and others but people (you) need a structure to follow. Like I said, start to list the reasons why and then this process become’s real. If it becomes real then you can relate to it. If you can relate to it, you can prioritize it, if you learn to prioritize it, you do it!