Before sharing my weight loss thoughts from vacation, first a few words about these summer holidays: it was great 🙂
Not like last year when we visited Japan and South Korea. This year we had totally different kind of vacation: one place only, but a beautiful one, where all you have to do is to relax, exercise and have fun 🙂 Here is a photo, I mean a real one, not a stock photo, straight from my Nikon! If you guess the place, I give you my camera 🙂
It was specifically the request of our kids who wanted a break after all these “exhausting” trips abroad, where we typically walk for miles every day.
And also the big benefit for them is that they get to know other young people who become friends after 5 minutes 🙂 I find it amazing, how quickly they connect, at this age…
So to be honest, I was not expecting to see them around us, parents, but to my big surprise, they really enjoyed spending time with us!
This is by far the most important point, the first thing I will remember for years to come: we had a truly wonderful family time.
Family, Health, Time
Do you remember the post I wrote about New Year’s resolutions? And the beautiful handmade picture I did for that matter? 🙂
Here it is again:
It was my first resolution for 2016 and this summer has been the perfect opportunity to combine all three goals. Do you see how consistent I am? 🙂
OK, seriously now. Here is the key message: if you want to achieve something, you have to think about it, to plan it, to do it, to measure progress and to adapt because deviations always occur. Things do rarely happen by accident!
Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation
You probably see already where I’m heading here 🙂
How does that translate to weight loss? What is the link between having a great family time and and these “weight loss thoughts”?
Easy answer: these goals or resolutions share the same method. I have experienced it again and again, and still today while coaching a young lady who has tried losing weight in vain for several months. Five easy steps… easy in theory because most people fail at step 3 and 4.
1) Think About It
Remember The Strangest Secret Article by Earl Nightingale? You become what you think about.
2) Plan It
Be reasonable when setting goals.
Plan for midterm results: you might have some quick wins but the real challenge is not to lose weight, it’s to stay at this new weight!
Do not set goals in terms of results (“lose X pounds”), instead set goals in terms of efforts around the pillars (eat less and move more).
3) Do It!
The first two steps were just happening in your mind, no real action to this point: now is the time for action! Do what you have planned and be accountable for it.
4) Measure Progress
Year after year I’m still amazed: so many people miss this point.
You can only improve what you measure.
It is well known that people underestimate their calories and overestimate their physical activity. But to that extend, it’s huge!
This has been the main part of my coaching with this young lady. She had no idea of her BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), of her calorie intake and expenditure!
How come that smart people who have access to so many information (internet, apps etc..) can be so wrong about themselves?
That was her Aha moment: by tracking these data (seriously, no guess work and without cheating) she realized the real cause of her overweight and how to solve it.
5) Adapt When Deviations Occur
That’s life. You may have to change your goals and it’s OK. Sometimes you have no choice, for instance in case of injuries. But even if you keep your initial goals, most of the time you will have to adapt your efforts.
For people who reach step 5, I could add a sixth one: celebrate! 🙂
I know that these weight loss thoughts may sound familiar and you are probably thinking: “I know it already… Tell me something I don’t know!”.
Well, if you know it and you’re still struggling with your weight loss… Think twice 🙂
That’s the huge difference between knowing and doing things.
Bottom line: these steps can take you to your desired weight, no doubt. It’s a hard way and that’s the reason why so many people fail: at some step, they give up. Too hard.
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