Originally Written 10/26/2011
So I have been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I decided not to until I could honestly say that I no longer do the things I am about to list out within this post. I have come across many people during my weight loss journey that claim they want to lose weight. Keyword: CLAIM. They say that they’re ready to make this lifestyle change, that they’re committed, that they need to. But do all of them mean what they say? Most of the time no, they don’t.
Now I’m not knocking this, not one bit… that used to be me and sometimes still is me, but the fact of the matter is you are not ready to lose weight until you commit yourself and jump in knees deep. I’m not talking about committing yourself for 3 days out of the week and then taking a break. I’m talking about 24/7 commitment. Twitching because you haven’t had junk food in 2 weeks commitment. At the gym staring at your old fat picture commitment. Yes that whole-hearted commitment. Until you are committed you will remain fat, unhealthy, unfit or [ enter opposite of goal here ].
So here is a list of four things that I have noticed about people that start and do not finish their weight-loss journey.
You’re Not Ready To Lose Weight:
If you don’t do the research.
The first thing I did when I decided I wanted to lose weight was research how I could go about it. I went on many sites such as WebMD, SparkPeople, and Daily Burn. I calculated my food intake and how much I should be burning based on my goal, my activity level, and my body. We all know it’s fairly simple [eat less + burn more] but that doesn’t mean anything flys. Look into diets, meal/recipe plans and exercise routines. ASK OTHER PEOPLE QUESTIONS. Watch youtube videos of peoples journeys, join communities or read and maybe create a blog! You can’t start this journey without knowing what you’re getting yourself into and creating a plan for yourself.
If you workout and then eat a Big Mac.
Are you shitting me? Chubbykins listen here, and listen closely. EAT LESS + EXERCISE MORE = MAGIC/HOT BOD/SEXY BEAST! If you plan on eating badly and exercising you will see no results, and if you’re weight training and eating badly, you’re just gonna get bulky and weigh more on the scale. Eww. It’s a commitment folks, you’re signing the dotted line, giving up your soul! Okay not really, but you get my point. If you plan on making a commitment to your weight loss journey you NEED to give up the junk! Now don’t go cold turkey… you’ll fail, ease yourself into healthier options of your favorite food, cut down the portions some, reason with yourself. But do not expect to see results if you’re going to continue to stuff you cheeks with bad food.
If you honestly believe you can vigorously exercise and read/text at the same time
Okay cool… biking and walking you may be able to, elliptical and stair-master it’s hard but doable. Running? Get the fuck out. I don’t care what ANYONE has to say about this, it’s fact. Unless you’re slow motion running for… oh I don’t know… 4 hours you are not doing shit on that treadmill but making some chubbykin (me in particular) annoyed that you are hogging the machine’s time. Same goes for texting. Your sweaty fingers should be slipping all over your touch screen, missing the buttons on your blackberry, frustrating you to the point where you say “EFF THIS” and put your bloody phone down. Yes, trying to distract yourself from the pain and burn developing furiously in your nowhere near buns of steal is completely understandable but when it hinders your workout…stop. Just.stop.it. You came to the gym to get in a workout, so do that. If you can multitask while doing so, good for you, but chances are if you just started your weight loss journey, you can’t. Focus, get in the zone, and sweat it out.
If you do not have a goal
Now many of us have goal weights, but I’m talking deeper than that. You need a goal that means something to you deep down within you. You didn’t wake up and look at the scale and say “Hey, maybe I wanna be 20lbs lighter.” You maybe thought, “Oh my God, this weight is unhealthy,” or “Maybe this high number on the scale and my wide ass is what’s making me feel insecure.” You need tangible and untangible goals. Trust me… they work hand in hand with each other to motivate you to keep going. That’s why I wrote my “Why I Want to Lose Weight Post” because it’s not just about the low number on the scale, it’s about so much more.
I feel like I could spend a post or two on each of these points. So much more goes into them than the high level explanations I have given. But I’ll stop here for now, until I can fully conquer these four “No-No’s”.
Reader Question: What are some other things you have noticed about people who are just not ready to commit to their journeys? Which one of the four points listed did you or do you still struggle with? Mine is my goals and motivation.