Weight loss is like a project and when a project is undertaken some amount of preparation is required. We have started our project and we have done some preparations too like we have adopted the 5 traits required for fast & effective weight loss and we have also defined our reason to lose weight.
We have our whole hearted consent and are motivated enough. Awesome! now it is time to take the next step and make some more preparations.
Prepare for Weight Loss, but here is the catch, you have already prepared ourselves in Step 1 & 2. In this step, you need to prepare others around us.
You need to have your confidants. I chose mine very carefully.
Your Lunch Partners:
If you are eating lunch with someone everyday, especially in office, they need to know. Inform them of your intention. Apologise in advance for:
- bringing food which you may not offer them or share with them
- not eating their food if they offer & warn them not to take it personally and not to insist you on having more food when you stop.
If they really care about you, they will understand. If they don’t, well then you can’t please everyone. For once you are doing something for yourself.. you better concentrate on that and not on pleasing people?
Better would be to ask them to join you. Why not everyone benefit. You decide!
Your close friend(s):
This friend(s) of yours has a very responsible role to play during your weak moments in your journey. There may be times when you would feel too lazy to exercise, or be tempted to overeat, etc., at these times, this ‘chosen’ friend(s) is the one you will call. Get their consent beforehand.
Tell them that they need to be strict with you and to encourage you to keep going. They should not fall for the emotions of the lazy sluggish you.
Even now sometimes on weekends I tell my husband, I don’t feel like doing my exercise and all he says is, do you want to go to your old self again? Does he have to say more 🙂
Your Spouse & Children:
The people who are living with you cannot be ignored. Tell them the same you told your lunch partners & close friend(s). There support is very important.
Also, tell them that you will be trying various dishes in the coming months, some we may like and some we won’t. Be by your side and enjoy the journey with you.
I told my husband the same. I am of fortunate that he understood and supported me throughout.
If you are not confident about your new dish, then prepare another regular dish to accompany it. At least then you will be sure that your spouse or your kids will not sleep hungry… haha!
But if your experiment is a success, then WALLA! you have a new dish!
Digital Weight Scale:
Last but not the least, get a digital weight machine – I hope I don’t have to explain why a digital scale. Many think that the scale may not show the correct weight on many days for reasons like water retention or excess sodium or stress, hormones, bowel movements, etc. and so it is not to be relied. But for me the weight scale was a constant motivator.
This is the same machine that had shouted reality to me, letting me know how fat I was. I was adamant to make it my friend and my confidant during my journey. And I am happy that I did – Weight up made me relook at what I ate or did & brought me back on path if I deterred, and weight down gave me confidence and kept me going.
I do agree that it can be quiet addictive, obsessively addictive sometimes! But I still recommend it. At one point, I used to go measure my weight every two hours. I am not kidding! Anyways, this one I leave to you, make your choice.
Okay this is it…. now enough of preparatory measures, I know you want to start with some real action now. Wait for my next post!
PS: Each of my blogs has an actionable for you, in order to keep you involved in the process. To make it simple for you I have also developed a workbook that is downloadable for FREE. Please use the workbook to get the maximum out of the blogs and to make your journey a success.
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