What does it really take to lose weight? Over the past week, I asked several people this question and got some great answers. My niece (almost a teenager) said, "You have to eat a lot of salads and you have to not eat Dairy Queen Blizzards and you have to take a walk, even if you miss your favorite TV show." One of my clients said, "Hire the most masochistic trainer you can find and...oh, I didn't mean you, of course."
The mechanics of weight loss are actually simple - eat less calories than you burn. But, eating less and exercising more require more than just putting on a pair of shoes and going for a walk. For many of us, losing weight requires an overhaul of our lives, schedules, eating habits, exercise and, most importantly, how we think.
This week, I'm talking about the mental side of weight loss and discussing some of the obstacles the mind creates, such as failure, self-doubt and dishonesty. Learning how the mind can derail you may be enough to overcome those obstacles the next time around.
What mental strategies do you use to stay on track? How do you handle times when you question what you're doing or wonder if it's worth all that hard work? Leave a comment and tell us about it.