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7 Ways To (Finally) Commit Yourself To Losing Weight

It’s no secret that losing weight is challenging.

I won’t sugar coat it. More often than not, attempts to lose weight are unsuccessful.

Is weight loss challenging? Yes.

Is it impossible? No.

In fact, it’s very possible when you decide to commit yourself to finally losing weight.

 

I Will Lose Weight

Sounds simple right? You’re probably giving me the middle finger right now and saying to yourself, “if it was that simple I would have lost weight a long time ago“.

Well, because I love you guys and want nothing but the best for you, I’m going to be brutally honest with you here.

 

The reason you haven’t lost weight is because you haven’t fully committed yourself to losing weight.

 

I bet I know what you’re thinking too? What the hell does that mean and how do I “fully” commit to losing weight?

Glad you asked. That’s exactly the information I’m going to provide you with here.

 

How To Fully Commit Yourself To Successfully Losing Weight

Have you ever committed to losing weight and failed?

Maybe it was a new years resolution of yours.

Maybe you’ve tried different plans, exercises, tactics, and strategies and still, no success.

How about yo-yo dieting? That’s the absolute worst. Down 5 pounds this week, up three the next, down one pound the following week, and then back up 3 pounds the week after that.

It’s discouraging and depressing when you find yourself working so hard to lose weight and yet, nothing. You end up saying to yourself, “what’s the point of even trying? Nothing’s happening“.

Weight loss is a sneaky devil and without the proper commitment, it won’t happen.

So how do you fully commit to losing weight so that you’re successful in doing so?

 

7 Ways To Commit Yourself To Losing Weight

#1 Write It Down

Such a simple step but so often missed. Do you have your weight loss goals written down and if not, why not? Better yet, if you don’t, take a minute right now, right this second….yes, right now – stop reading and write it down. It’s that important.

By writing down your weight loss goal, you’re taking responsibility for it and telling your sub conscience mind that you’re serious. It’s no longer just an idea, thought, or wish. It’s written down and it’s real.

#2 Announce It

Yes, you read that correctly. Announce it. Tell as may people as you can. Family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, strangers, whoever. The more people you tell, the better and here’s why.

By announcing it publicly you’re creating lots of accountability for yourself whether you realize it or not because now everyone knows what you’re up to and out to accomplish.

It also alerts those closest to you about what you’re up to so you don’t have to worry about offending them when you turn down an invitation to go grab a burger or a few drinks. Chances are they’ll make other suggestions for getting together because of your weight loss commitment that you’ve shared with them.

#3 Adjust Your Mindset

Adjusting your mindset includes both what you think and what you say.

When you commit to losing weight, focus on shifting your thoughts from “I can’t” and “this is hard” to “I can” and “I’m going to do this”. Your thoughts are powerful so make sure you’re using them to your advantage. Get rid of the words “I’ll try” too. You either do something or you don’t. No more trying.

You no longer “have to” exercise or “have to” eat healthy foods. Going forward, you “want to” exercise and you “want to” eat healthy foods.

#4 No More Junk Food

Whatever junk food you have at home, get rid of it.

Chips, cookies, ice cream, sugary drinks, everything. Give it away or toss it. By doing so, you’re getting rid of all distractions or temptations around the house. Now I’m not saying you can’t have a cheat meal or two per week. When you do, go out to get it so that there’s nothing left of it in the house afterwards.

Keep these 12 foods at home that’ll help you lose fat and lean up quicker.

#5 Have A Plan

Telling yourself you’re going on a diet and want to lose weight isn’t a plan. It’s a statement.

It’s just like saying you’re going on vacation. OK, great. You then have to decide where you’re going, purchase the plane tickets, book the hotel, car rental, make reservations for a show and maybe even dinner. You plan your trip.

Same goes for losing weight. It requires a plan if it’s going to happen. How much weight are you committed to losing? How many days per week will you exercise? What exercises will you do? What foods will you eat throughout the day? Plan your weight loss.

When you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.

If you’re unsure about how to create a plan or not sure which one to follow, this one will help you.

#6 No More Exceptions

Exceptions destroy all weight loss attempts. “I’m too tired today, I don’t have time, I couldn’t get up this morning, it was just one cookie, or one happy hour“.

No more exceptions. If you make an exception once, you’ll find yourself doing it again, and again, and again. Exceptions kill all progress and any hope for successful weight loss.

Just like you wouldn’t make the exception to not feed your child or a pet even on any particular day, there are no exceptions when it comes to your weight loss goals either.

#7 Have A Deadline

Have a deadline for when you will have successfully lost all of your weight. In step #2, when you announce it, announce your weight loss deadline as well. By doing so, you’re creating an incredible amount of accountability for yourself.

A goal without a timeline is just a dream.

Have a deadline and commit to it. Take it seriously. Perhaps even schedule a trip or event near or around your deadline. Make it real, make it important, make it count.

 

Don’t Give Up

If you’ve tried several times to lose weight in the past and haven’t been successful, I encourage you to give it another try using these 7 steps. 

I know you can do it and will do it if you truly and fully commit to these 7 steps.  

I believe in youthat you’re awesome and that successful weight loss isn’t a maybe for you, it’s a must and it’s right now.

Start, today – right now.

Don’t wait another day hoping, wanting, and wishing you could lose weight. You can, I assure you, you can if you just give yourself the chance.

You don’t have to do it alone either. If you need some guidance, please reach out to me and I promise I’ll help you. You’re important to me, your health is important to me, and more than anything, your happiness is very important to me.

Thanks for being here.

Cheers!

Mike

 

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author: Mike Goncalves

Comment
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Martin

A public declaration is key! Until you make it public, it’s a dream. Then when the world finds out, it becomes a goal.

Mike Goncalves

Love this man – couldn’t agree more.

Emily Faithe

Mike, great article. I love these steps. I find, like many people, that I can stay committed for about 3-5 days and then I get distracted, bored, and frustrated. I have written down my goal, and I’d like to announce it here: I will lose 30lbs by March 12, 2017. That’s more than 30 weeks away, which gives me a margin of about 1lb lost a week. I CAN do that!

Mike Goncalves

Hi Emily… Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it. I’m happy to hear you found the steps I provided here helpful, thanks for sharing that with me 🙂 I LOVE the fact you have written down your goal and announced it here too…. talk about taking action and accountability – Love it! And yes, you CAN and WILL lose 30lbs by or before (I’m betting on before) March 12th, 2017 – no doubt about it. You’re awesome Emily… please keep me posted on your progress and if I can help or support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime. Oh, and one more thing…. that old story of yours that, “you can stay committed for about 3-5 days and then you get distracted, bored, and frustrated” is a thing of the past. That WAS your story. That is who you WERE. Was, were… both past tense. That is no longer who you are now. The person you are now is someone who writes down their goal, is clear, specific, committed, and accountable. THAT’S who you are now and THAT’S the person who WILL lose 30lbs in the next 30 weeks. Let’s do this 🙂 You’re awesome… Cheers!

Tae Ben

hey I wanted to annouce I wanna lose 50 pounds by march 8th. bc i wanna be more fit for basketball and become stronger

Mike Goncalves

Awesome Tae! Making it public is a HUGE first step…. way to go! Now I know about it and so does the rest of The Wellness Bucket community – only one thing left to do now… MAKE IT HAPPEN! I know you will 🙂 Keep me posted on your progress and let me know if I can help you at all along the way… Cheers!

Jen Hall

This article has been truly inspiring for me. Makes me realize I have the power to complete my goal. I will no longer be the woman I had been continually giving up so easily. I would always find an excuse why I could not commit. I honestly think I was just afraid of failing again after trying so many times since my last pregnancy. I have two sets of twin boys and throughout the 11 years since I had my first boys until now my weight has gone from 323 lbs down to 161 lbs now back up to 235 lbs. I worked so hard for so long to lose so much weight yet after my second two boys, I’ve let myself become so occupied with my role as a wife and a mother of four, always making my family first priority, that I never remember that I am also a woman who needs to make time for herself to be healthy so I can be the best for my children and my husband. So I am proclaiming that as of now I will give it my all everyday and lose 80 lbs before August of 2018. Thank you for the honesty and hope that you put into your article.

Mike Goncalves

Thanks for your comment Jen… I’m happy to hear you found this article inspiring. I couldn’t help but find your comment and words inspiring… “I am also a woman who needs to make time for herself to be healthy so I can be the best for my children and my husband.” Powerful statement right there and one I would read every single day if I was you. I have no doubt at all you can and WILL lose those 80 lbs and I cannot wait to hear from you letting me now about it too 🙂 Cheers to you and your inevitable success!

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