The secret to losing weight for good isn’t as complicated as you might think. By far, weight loss, in the form of diet and/or exercise, is the most popular New Year’s resolution. As a health and wellness coach I am thrilled that people want to be healthier, and, ‘TBH’… we all want to look better.
For me, however, the most compelling reason to make this resolution is that ultimately how you will feel. Physically, you’ll have more energy, feel lighter and quicker, and stronger. The most powerful benefit, however, may be what it does for your self-confidence and self-esteem. You feel beautiful from the inside out.
I know… you’ve made the resolution to lose the weight every year and you are frustrated that you have to keep starting from scratch! You might even feel that you’ve tried every diet, every pill, everything!
Did you know that the secret to losing weight for good is to not focus on weight loss? Whoa! Mind Blown! The secret is learning to love the healthy habits that have weight loss as the side effect: moving your body and eating healthy food. The trick is in figuring out how to incorporate these elements into your life in a way that will stick for you. The secret to losing weight for good is figuring out what works for you.
The Secret to Losing Weight for Good Can Be Broken In To 3 steps
1) Your Attitude: This includes honing an iron-clad vision of what your life will look like with these new habits in place, what will be improved for you, and what is important to you about that. Combine that vision with the complete dedication to believing that you are worth the effort and deserve to focus this time and attention on yourself. It also helps to keep your eye on what you can have (delicious healthy food) versus what you can’t have (typical restrictive dieting). Develop a kick-butt, can-do attitude and you are more than halfway there!
2) Your Fortitude: This includes your focus and willingness to keep trying. Focus your energy on what will work for you. What are your inherent strengths that can be applied in this situation, and what have you learned from past attempts at change? How can you capitalize on that knowledge to make a plan that you can stick with? Keep in mind – you either WIN or LEARN, there is NO LOSE! If obstacles are getting in the way be willing to try a different plan. Almost no one figures out how to make a habit stick on the first try.
3) No Latitude: This includes creating attainable goals and an accountability system that acts as a safety harness and won’t let you slide. Accountability is a big part of the secret to losing weight for good. Only you can figure out whether you can hold yourself accountable or need to have an external accountability partner (like a spouse, workout partner, or a health coach). But be aware… this is the most important step, and the one most people skip! The key is to start with small wins, create accountability, and build slowly from there.
The secret to losing weight for good is lasting change. Lasting change is possible. Figure out where you are headed and then start with the first small step. Keep going! Work out how to get around the bumps in the road. If you need a hand… I can be there with you every step of the way.
I am Lauren Weinberg, a Nationally Board-Certified Integrative Health Coach trained by Duke University’s Department of Integrative Medicine. Originally a counseling psychologist, for which I studied at the University of Pennsylvania, I am following my passion to help people become their happiest and healthiest selves by looking forward to how they want to live their lives and to support the behavior changes they will make to get there.
With a whole-person approach to wellness, I believe that a healthy life is multi-dimensional and ever-evolving. Kindness toward ourselves and others, deep satisfaction with work and relationships, caretaking of our bodies and minds, and a sense of connection outside of ourselves can all be a part of helping us achieve well-being and happiness. Whatever your focus, I will help with an open heart, a playful spirit, and deep compassion for your personal journey.
As a working woman, a wife of a busy professional, a mom of two “almost grown” young adults, and a chronic community volunteer, I know what it takes to fit wellness into a hectic schedule. To be perfectly honest… learning to prioritize my own health and wellness was a journey that took years! When I was finding my way I had never heard of “health coaching!” So take comfort in knowing that I understand the challenges in making life changes even when we know it is truly important to do so. I will walk with you every step of the way.