5 things you must do before starting a weight loss journey

5 things you must do before starting a weight loss journey

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The major reason why a lot of us do not remain committed to our weight loss journey is that often times, we just dive in without a strategy. You spend a lot of time thinking about what to eat and what not to eat, what type of diet to follow etc. You spend hours on google researching how to lose weight fast and the best weight loss secrets. When you finally take action, you cut out your favorite meals from your diet thinking you can survive without them. After a few days of depriving yourself, the cravings kick in, you binge on those foods and the cycle starts all over.

I get it because I’ve been there!

After a lot of trial and error, I can boldly tell you that there are 5 things you must do before starting a weight loss journey. These 5 things do not require you overwhelming yourself with information overload. They are action steps that you can do today to start losing weight tomorrow.

1. Get on the scale, measure your inches, and take a picture

Sometimes we find it difficult to get on the scale when we are about to start our weight loss journey but we just need to get it done.  You can do this in 3 simple steps.

  • Get on the scale to check your weight.
  • Measure your waist circumference and hip circumference with a tape measure.
  • Take a picture.

Easy peasy in 3 steps. I do understand that sometimes you might have difficulty in getting this done either because you don’t have a scale or you don’t have a tape measure. I’ve got you covered. Just go to the nearest hospital or medplus pharmacy. You will definitely find a scale there. For the tape measure, what I have in mind is kind of sleazy so just get your tape measure. It is #50 anyway. You can definitely afford that.

C’mon don’t tell me you’re still thinking of what I have in mind. Hahaha! Yes, I’m a mind reader. Curiosity kills the cat. What I had in mind was for you to go to the nearest Tailoring shop to measure your waist and hips circumference. You see! kinda sleazy.

Lastly, take a picture. Seriously if this is all you will do, I’m good because I  know that when the weight starts falling off, you will thank me for it.

2. Write out a two-week menu plan with a grocery list

The next thing to do is to write out a two-week menu plan with a grocery list. If you’re wondering what should be in the menu plan, just make sure it contains healthy carbs, proteins, and fats. You can read more about that here.

It’s easier to stick to your goal when you know what you will be eating. Trust me, you don’t want to assume you will figure it out because you won’t. We all start our week with good intention to eat healthy but then life happens and our intentions ends up not being good enough. Hence it is important to write out a plan. It doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. It can be as simple as a #3,500 meal plan.

Again, don’t skip this. Decide what you will be eating at least for the next one week. As long as you will be eating healthy foods in the right portion, you will be fine. Remember that this is a lifestyle change and not a quick fix.

3. Clean out and organize pantry, and freezer

If you don’t want to eat junk, don’t keep junk in your house period. A lot of people tell me they don’t want to clear out all the junks because of their friends or members of their family. Every time I hear this, I’m like hmmmm, why do you want to eat healthy while the people you love eat crap? Mostly it’s because we see this healthy living as a short term diet rather than a lifestyle. We are yet to fully understand the return on investment of healthy eating because if we do, we wouldn’t want anyone we love to feed on junks.

Clean out your pantry. Old things have passed away the moment you decided to do something about your health. Get rid of all the junks in your freezer and get ready to meal prep.

4. Look at your calendar and schedule in time for grocery shopping, meal prep, and exercise.

A lot of us are busy even though we are not that busy(*tongue out*). What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done because it’s not considered a priority. I schedule everything important to me, even calling my parents on their birthday. Develop a strategy for grocery shopping and meal prepping. The beauty of this healthy lifestyle is that other than eating healthy and exercising which nobody can do for you, other aspects of the process can be outsourced.

Once you have your grocery shopping and meal prep strategy in place, you need to schedule time for exercise.  I don’t mean spending tons of hours at the gym, It can be as simple as waking up earlier to get in a quick HIIT or 20 squats every visit to the toilet. You just need to create a routine that factors in other important aspects of your life.

5. Get accountable

It’s so amazing how social media has made accountability easy. A lot of us are following and cheering people on their weight loss journey on Instagram and Facebook. I’m not saying everyone should talk about their weight loss journey on social media. My point is that you need to be accountable. Whether to your spouse, your friends, your sister, or coworkers, you need to be accountable.

The problem is that we focus too much on what will not give us sustainable weight loss. How do I lose weight fast? Doc, what drug can I use? What is the best tea to buy?

We are ashamed of ourselves and about what people will think if we fail but the truth is we don’t fail. We either win or we learn. We need to change our mindset and focus on habits and routines because that is where the magic happens.

 



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