As a Personal Trainer and a Change Activator, one of the top complaints I hear about weight loss is that it feels like it requires a lot of effort and energy.
I get it. Really, I do. That’s one reason why I focus my entire coaching programs on this topic.
Going on yet another diet or exercise plan or simply having a list of a thousand thinks to do can feel exciting at first. While we’re trying our best to plan our meals and get those workouts in, and make sure nothing is missing, we’re also busy daydreaming of all the promising things we’ll do when we finally lose weight.
Maybe we’ll start dating again or at the very least, leave the apartment more often. Perhaps, we’ll treat ourselves to a wardrobe makeover or a fancy vacation?
It doesn’t take long before the daydreaming stops and overwhelm takes over. The effort required to follow through with every healthy habit we’re trying to build seems insurmountable.Why does everything seem so crushing after just a short amount of time? There’s not just one answer for this. We all have different perceived reasons as to why it feels like a struggle.
Here are two steps to do instead that will relief you:
Change your Inner narrative to a positive and singular “moment” & Start developing tiny daily habits that will help you lose weight in the long run (start small, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed).
So here’s step #1
You’re going to make a list of all the things you could possibly be doing to lose weight.
Then do an “80/20” – which means, decide which 20% are the most important to give you your 80% results, which will look something like this:
Strep #2: Go extreme:
Now take the next 20% – just one thing (two maximum) that you think will be the most effective, important thing to do daily. I would recommend starting with one thing at the beginning and see how it goes. The thing here is to be and feel in control. You don’t want be overwhelmed.
Here’s what that looks like:
In the span of 5 to 10 minutes, you just went from having 20 or 25 things you could possibly be doing every day… to just ONE thing to do every day to get your Dream Body.
The thing that I find de-rail my clients the most, it’s focusing on TOO much, TOO fast, TOO soon.
It’s that whole “new year” syndrome – where you decide that on January 1st, you’re magically going to start going to the gym 15 hours per week – from day one.
It doesn’t work that way, ever. Habits don’t work like that! And usually what happen – is that you do nothing!
In what ways has weight loss felt overwhelming to you? What seems to take the most energy and effort?