…The difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful weight loss is planning.
What I've come to realize over the past couple of months is that the primary reason I have made it so far this time (compared to my other, not so successful, weight-loss attempts) has been the fact that I have planned for everything!
So, what do I mean by planned for everything? Well, I mean I have literally sat down and had a conversation with myself that went something like this:
My thoughts: So, what are you going to do if you go out with your friends for dinner? Are you going to eat out, or bring food? What will you do!?
My other thoughts: Well, first I will contemplate if I really need to go out for dinner…can I meet up with them after? Can I just go and not eat? If I do decide to go, and I know where we are eating, I will research the meals available at the restaurant and incorporate something healthy from the menu into my meal plan for the day. I will also ensure that my selections are nutritious - for instance a salad with a vinaigrette dressing on the side and a grilled chicken breast (hold the skin).
My thoughts: Ok, so what about if your alarm doesn’t go off in the morning and you are already running late? You won’t have time to pack your lunch!
My other thoughts: That won’t be a problem! I am pre-packing my lunch the night before so that I don’t have to worry about it in the morning.
Creating the plan
Notice the type of situations I have planned for?
It is important that we contemplate these types of scenarios because they are bound to happen in life. But if you don’t plan for them, and instead say to yourself, “oh, you’ve done a great job, you can cheat just this once”, that “once” will turn into a twice, a three times, a four times and sure enough, a whopping 10lbs on your hips.
So, instead of ending up on another yo-yo diet, take some time to really think about the type of “bumps” you will face along the way. Remember, the difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful weight loss is planning - so write it down!
Here are some of the scenarios that I suggest you plan for before you embark on your transformation:
- Going out for dinner
- Being late for work
- Having no food in the fridge
- Forgetting your lunch bag at home
- Being pressured to enjoy a “night out with the girls”
- Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Your birthday – all the holidays!
- The scale not budging (at times it won’t, and you need to plan for how you will react)
If you’ve got any other suggestions for others on what type of situations to plan for, let me know in the comments!