So, you want to lose weight and be more healthy? Yep, so do I. I'm on the bandwagon to lose weight like many of you. Weight loss makes a regular appearance in many New Year's resolution lists. I suppose if we accomplished our goal we would no longer need it on our list. Well, rather than beating ourselves up over falling short of our goal, let's decide to take baby steps to ensure success this year. Here are the five W's we can tackle together.
The first W is the most important. We should determine why we want to lose weight. Yes, the obvious answer is "because I'm overweight". However, it isn't the only answer. For me, it's because I want to provide a healthy example to my children. Also, I want to be healthy enough to live long enough to see them grow up. Being the child of a father who died of a heart attack at age 37, I understand the importance of taking care of myself enough to survive my children's childhood. Whatever the WHY is for you, hopefully it motivates you enough to keep going no matter what.
What is the problem with will-power? Well, if we focus too much on what we can't have, we will not have the power to resist temptation. We can focus on what we can have, what new foods we can try, and what new recipes we can add to your meal schedule. If you don't already have one, a meal schedule is a great idea to keep your diet in check. With it, you can plan ahead every meal of every day including snacks. Click here for a FREE meal planner printable to get you started.
Doctors and fitness experts tell us to drink water every day. There's debate on how many ounces is enough -- 8 eight-ounce glasses per day; eight ounces per 10 pounds of body weight; etc. Here are a couple things to consider that perhaps you haven't heard before. First, rather than trying to calculate how much to drink, you want to drink enough for your urine to run clear. I know that sounds gross, but it's true. That's when you know you have had enough to clean your system out each day. Secondly, drinking water will save you some serious cash when dining out. With beverages costing from $2-3 each, drinking water will benefit both your figure and your wallet.
A legitimate weight loss plan or program will always encourage you to get moving. If you see an advertisement claiming no exercise is necessary with their "revolutionary" program, they are lying to you. This is equally as difficult as will-power, and sometimes even more. In a world where technology encourages us to sit still and stare, only exercising our thumbs for texting, it becomes even more necessary to be purposely active. I have decided that if I remain sedentary, I am killing my body. It might seem a little dramatic, but I want to take this seriously. If I consider activity to be as important as breathing, I can't help but get up and get moving.
Here is one of my biggest issues: getting enough sleep. As moms know well, most of what I can get done around the house is when the kids are in the bed. Unfortunately, when I do finally settle down for the night, then I hear every little sound outside. Getting enough sleep is fundamental to weight loss. If our bodies don't get enough sleep, it can affect our health, our work, our relationships, and our motivation toward exercise. Getting at least seven hours of sleep each night will keep us on the right track.
Keeping up with the five W's this year will help all of us stay on the weight loss bandwagon. I hope I've been successful in sharing some tips that you have never heard before, and I hope you will be successful in reaching your weight loss goals.
Please feel free to comment on this post throughout the year to keep me updated on your progress. I look forward to reading your success stories!
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