Ever since I wrote the blog What do Successful Dieters Have in Common, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. Deepak Chopra’s words keep running through my head…….
Only 2% of all dieters will lose at least 5 pounds and keep it off for five years
His words were impactful, intimidating, demotivating, and downright scary.
I did the research for What do Successful Dieters Have in Common and came up with and formed a list of common characteristics of successful dieters:
Find exercise they enjoy
Become addicted to their weight loss efforts
Prepare food in advance
Know the power of power walks
Strength train and weight life
Have a positive attitude and believe they can lose the weight
Share their goals and plans with others
Involve others (work out buddies and fitness groups)
Visualize success daily
And I gave you my answer and the best answer I could come up with at the time,
I just kept trying…
Now that I’ve had more time to think about this and have spent hours reflecting. I know there was definitely more to my success. Although I would like to think that my effort in continuing to try was enough, it wasn’t. There were a couple of things I did that allowed me to keep my tunnel vision in focus and race towards that weight loss goal:
Gave Myself Grace For years I held myself accountable to be the perfect dieter and exerciser. As soon as I went off course, I would go into “bad girl” mode and eat like it was my J-O-B. The last few years I have been giving myself grace and when I slip, I forgive myself and get right back on track.
Worked Out Buddies & Fitness Friends Having a friend to meet at the gym or the walking path not only makes working out more fun it forces me to exercise on days when I don’t feel like it.
Exercised First Thing in the AM I’ll be honest, this is not my favorite time of the day to exercise – at all. Having said that, it is easier to stick to doing something that you do first thing in the AM before life interferes with your plans for the day.
Ditched the Diet Soda and Artificial Sweeteners As I blogged about in I AM an Addict and Completely Addicted, giving up diet soda and artificial sweeteners was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! It was well worth it though.
Aligned Myself with Holistic Dr’s, Coaches, and Personal Trainers I consulted with two holistic dieticians, two integrative physicians, and worked with three personal trainers. Having the right people on your team can be very helpful!
Worked on My Health Throughout my journey I worked on getting healthier. The healthier I got the more energy I had for my weight loss efforts and the greater success I experienced.
Journaled and MyFitnessPal I journaled and recorded workouts, food, and my weight in my journal and/ or www.myfitnesspal.com/. Consistently journaling was incredibly helpful and allowed me to look back and analyze what was working and not working for me.
Identified Food Intolerances and Stopped Eating Them I was tested for my food intolerances and found eliminated the foods I was intolerant to from my diet. When I look back at my journals and weight history it seems as though staying away from foods I am intolerant to helped me lose weight.
Regularly Revisited My Why I blogged about my Why or should I say whys in Why? I revisited and intentionally thought about them at least a few times a week and let myself feel the emotions that were tied to them – very powerful!
And I Prayed