Do you ever think about losing weight and DESPAIR at how much you need to do?
Do you feel FAR AWAY from your goal?
It’s easy to look at people who have already lost weight and think that they achieved it without any doubts or hesitation.
But the fact is, every single one of them, at the beginning of their journey (and even partway through) felt as overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of losing weight as you might be feeling now.
But while it’s natural to feel a bit intimidated at the beginning, what we don’t want, is for it to interfere with you taking action.
So let’s talk about how to reduce the overwhelm you feel before losing weight.
1. This Isn’t a Diet.
This week on my weight loss forum, one of the members had a chat to her husband about her weight loss and told him:
“Dr K’s approach isn’t another failed diet, it’s a life change”
I love that because it captures perfectly why you shouldn’t let any past dieting affect what you’re doing now.
Diets don’t work.
Diets are made to fail.
But this isn’t a diet. It’s about changing your lifestyle. So you can forget all the previous failed attempts.
When you failed in the past, it wasn’t you failing, it was the diet.
2. You Can’t Mess Things Up
You are changing your habits to create a lasting change in lifestyle. And the bonus is that this process can’t be messed up.
It’s not a diet that you stick to for a short time. It’s a process, of steady improvement.
You can’t mess this up, unless you give up.
And because you’re not going to feel deprived, there should be no reason to give up. Even if you take a break from it, you can always come back.
3. Break It Down
Many of the questions I receive about feeling overwhelmed come from women who feel the amount of weight they need to lose is too much.
And frankly, when you think of losing 30 , 40, 50 or 100 pounds of weight, it’s completely understandable to feel overwhelmed.
But that’s where you need to change your thinking.
Break it down into 10 pounds at a time.
Focus on losing 10 pounds. Then when you’ve done that, focus on losing another 10 pounds.
100 pounds is intimidating. 10 pounds, not so much.
If you find 10 pounds is still a bit intimidating, make it 5 pounds. There’s no rules here, just do what makes you feel comfortable.
Remember, even someone who has lost 100 pounds, lost it 1 pound at a time.
4. Ditch the Deadline
When I told you to focus on 10 pounds at a time, you probably thought “But then it may take longer!”
Most people put more pressure on themselves by adding in a deadline. So even if they don’t need to lose a lot of weight, they create overwhelm by wanting to lose it quickly. Of course, the deadline makes things much worse if you have a lot of weight to lose.
But the best thing you can do is to take the time pressure off.
A 20-year-old wants to lose weight quickly, because they are immature. But the benefit of life experience is realising that it won’t be a disaster if you take a few extra weeks to get to your goal.
5. Get support
It’s not a crime to feel discouraged along the way. In fact I expect it because it happens to everyone.
But don’t let a bit of discouragement turn into giving up.
And the best way to combat this is to speak with others, get support and encouragement. It doesn’t matter who you get support from, it’s just that you have someone to spur you on, when you feel down.
6. Focus on Process Not Results
Although you will feel tempted to keep thinking about the goal, the best thing to do is take your mind off the weight and instead focus on making the right decisions.
If you do the right things, the weight will take care of itself.
If you feel intimidated about losing weight, you have good company. EVERYONE feels doubts to begin with.
But what I want for you, is to NOT let it stop you. Because I know with the right approach you can see the doubts for what they are, false limitations preventing you from achieving your goal.
Now let’s hear from you…
1. How do you feel about your weight loss goal?
Have you felt intimidated in the past? (and if you overcame it tell us how)
2. Have you put needless pressure on yourself?
How can you lessen the pressure now?
Leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you and I respond to every comment.