The age-old question, “why am I not losing weight?”
I asked myself that A LOT and trust me, you might not like the answer because I know I sure didn’t.
Losing weight has many factors involved including:
- Your Diet
- Your Exercise
- Your Mindset
- Your Motivation
People look at that list and go, “well I am eating well every day!” or “I go to the gym every single day, I don’t understand!”.
Well, here is the hard truth. You need to do ALL of those in order to lose weight.
Let me break it down even more with a real excerpt of how my days would go.
I wake up and go to work. On my drive there, I have a cup of coffee. Then for breakfast, someone brought in donuts and I could not resist so I had two with the thought that I will go to the gym later after work. Lunch rolls around and I am so busy I barely have time to even think about lunch so I run to a grab a sandwich and a cup of soup. After work, I head to the gym for about 30 minutes and run on the treadmill. Come home after a long day and have some pasta with tomato sauce that was leftover for dinner and even a cookie to top it all off.
I can make a long list of many things wrong with this but I am going to point out a few:
1. Your Diet
Donuts? Soup and sandwich from a fast-food place? Pasta? Cookies? You don’t need to be a weight loss pro to figure out why those are not the best options. Starting off your day with sugar and sweets is the biggest crime you can commit on your weight loss journey. And ending your day with sweets could be even worse.
2. Your Exercise
Going to the gym is an amazing start but it is half the battle. Figuring out what you are going to do there is a huge step to take and it took me a while to figure out what I actually had to do there. If you are going to run, make it productive and use my Beginner Mile workout.
3. Your Mindset
This mindset is horrible and needs to be changed. Thinking that you can eat whatever you want because you are going to maybe go to the gym later is not doing you an favors. Change your mindset to say “no, thank you” instead of “well since it is in front of my face, why not!”. You could also feel pressured to do something because everyone else is doing it. If everyone is in the kitchen raving about how amazing the donuts are, you are more likely to want to go and eat one to see for yourself. Train yourself that, sure, you can enjoy those once in a while but most days, you could just pass. It is hard to do, trust me, but once you do it you won’t miss it.
4. Your Motivation
Motivation takes purpose and purpose takes heart. You have to believe that you want to do this or nothing will happen. I would say to myself “today is the day I start losing weight” and more than enough, it wasn’t. And it was a huge letdown. Weight loss journeys are so personal. Everyone does it when they want to and how they want to. But that all comes down to your motivation and drive to do it. Some people start right away and are extremely on top of it all while others (like me) take time to really understand what changes need to be made and how to make them.
Take it from someone who asked this question constantly – it can be done and just remember the four factors: diet, exercise, mindset and motivation.