Don’t go into this because, “Well, my wife/husband/etc wants me to lose weight.” You’ll never make it. This isn’t about them. It’s all about you. You have to be thinking, “I’m tired of this. I’m tired of failing at diets. This is it. No turning back.”
Once you say that, and believe it, you’re pretty much there.
Those Twilight guys don’t supersize it
You’ve heard this before. There’s no magic diet, no secret pill. From the time you wake up to when you turn-in at night, you had to have burned off more than you took in.
Stay out of the fast food restaurants! If you go, your diet will be dead on arrival. Check the menu nutrition board. Some combo meals are double the calories of what some people should consume in a day! (That goes for the fish and chicken sandwiches,too.)
I’m not saying give up fast food forever. But stay out of the drive-ups until you’ve accomplished your goal, and then limit your fast food fix to maybe once or twice a week. And if you have the cheeseburger, no fries. Must have fries? Then no burger. Get the salad with no-fat dressing.
Lace ’em up
You know all about the doctors’ warnings. If you can’t see your toes let alone touch them without bending your knees, you know you’ve got to start slow. But start: a half-mile brisk walk every day, then work up to a mile, then two miles… (and don’t knock walking. Do it vigorously, you’ll work up a sweat.)
Move that muscle and shake that fat
I’ve bought my share of at-home exercise equipment to use during winter and I’ve seen it break apart before the daffodils come out in spring. That’s because most of the inexpensive, at-home exercise equipment isn’t meant for people who exercise every day. It will soon break with everyday wear. The cheap, lightweight and flimsy bikes, trampolines, and other contraptions are made for people who will use them a few times, then give up and store them in the garage or basement (Someone in the physical fitness trade told me this).
You’re better off getting a fitness club membership, and it’s worth the cost if you use it ( See commitment). The clubs offer a variety of reliable equipment–the staff should show you how to use it effectively–and you don’t have to worry about maintaining it or tripping over it to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Gyms are also a gathering of kindred spirits, so don’t be embarrassed. Everyone is in the same boat, pointed in the same direction.
Confession: It’s not that hard, but don’t tell that to all the people who will admire you for sticking to it.
From experience, I can tell you, losing weight is tough for about a week. Once you get into your new routine of eating less crud and more of the good stuff, and getting a daily work out, the pounds will fall off–maybe not as fast as you’d like, but as you’ve heard it before, this is a not a short-term thing. This is a lifestyle. You have your whole life ahead of you.
Want to see a photo of me when I weighed 40 pounds more than I do today?