How to Start

So I decided to lose weight.

I’m sick of weighing 300 pounds, having a big belly, and having a fat face. But I’m happy with who I am inside, and at times I have no problem being fat and happy. I think the important thing is losing weight isn’t about finding happiness. You need to love yourself unconditionally or you never really will.

Anyway, time to start.

There’s no better time than the present, but I gave myself a week or so to mentally prepare. I had a few “good bye” meals and enjoyed my last fatty meal, last piece of chocolate, and last favorite soda.

“Never again?” you might ask, but I’ll explain more about that later.

Weight loss is all about goal setting. If you can master that, then you can lose weight. So, in the beginning, there’s very little focus on nutrition; instead, there’s a lot of focus on planning, self control, and actually doing it.

I decided today was the day I start. Last night I prepared to get up to go jogging (and by jogging, I mean, a combination of walking and light jogging). The key is to picture yourself doing it and making sure it will happen. If you say, “Well, I’ll see how I feel in the morning” it’ll never happen. Instead, set out your clothes, set your alarm, and tell someone that you’re going to do it.

Peer accountability is the best tool you have to prevent you from talking yourself out of something.

Also, it’s important to make it enjoyable. Don’t do what you hate. I enjoy jogging in the morning. I listen to the radio and enjoy being out in the neighborhood. However, the best motivation is to join a sports team or recreational club for something active. Even though you might only meet once or twice a week, it gives you a greater reason to get in shape and stick with your daily routine. People who don’t consider themselves athletic in any way often find hiking very rewarding.

Every day is what it takes. A lot of people will tell you that you only need to work out a few times a week, and that’s fine; however, my goal is to lose a lot of weight and fast. So, to achieve my goal, I need to do cardio 5 – 6 times a week. I also need to do resistance training 5 – 6 times a week (that means lifting weights). And, I can’t cheat on my diet even just once. I’ll explain more about that later.

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