For 15 years I was overweight and couldn’t stop gaining. I tried diets, starving myself, fads, exercise, and pretty much everything there was to try. You may have heard so many times that losing weight is 80 percent in the kitchen and 20 percent in the gym, but what percentage does that leave for your mentality?
I could tell you that I lost weight many times, and it would be the truth. How did I do it? Of course I ate right and exercised, but neither of those were the hardest part of losing weight. How do you get on the treadmill when your mind is telling you you are going to fail? How do you get motivated when you have a significant amount of weight to lose? How do you keep from quitting when that scale isn’t reflecting all of the effort you’ve put in? Would you like to know the two secrets I followed that, after 15 years of failing and giving up, helped me take the pounds off and keep them off?
Well then I guess I will tell you, and the first one is to throw away that scale. Weigh yourself once so you know where you are starting out, but then throw it out. Smash it with a hammer. Run it over with your car. Throw it off a cliff. Does this sound too dramatic to you? It should, but from experience I can say the number one reason I kept weight on so long was because I was mad at the scale. I became obsessed with it. I stepped on it every morning, and if there wasn’t an ounce lost, I got mad and frustrated, and eventually gave up. Do yourself a favor and throw that thing out the window so you don’t know what you are losing. See it come off in the mirror, not on the scale.
Is your scale gone? Good. Now let’s talk about how to get you motivated to do something about your body when you have such a significant amount of weight to lose. It’s frustrating and hard to get off the couch when you know how far you have to go. Do what I did and split up those pounds. Do you have a hundred pounds to lose? By splitting them up into more reasonable amounts, you will feel more accomplished and proud of yourself when you hit your goal. Split your goals into 10 pounds and in no time you will have hit your goal. Give yourself a small reward and feel how great it is to accomplish something you’ve wanted so bad.
There’s no doubt that losing weight is one of the hardest mental challenges you can go through, especially when you have a lot to lose. Don’t give up. Don’t think you can’t do it. Find ways around your obstacles and beat the weight off with everything you have. If I could have lost 150 pounds, you can lose your weight too.