Ana Boecking, Weight Loss Director
For many, current events have introduced a whole new level of stress and it’s easy for one to quickly feel out of control. So, it’s good to focus on the things you can control, like what you eat or NOT EAT. Whether you were just starting your weight loss before the pandemic, or you’re already partway to your goal, it’s important to take a moment to ensure you are set up for weight loss success. Here are seven tips to help you set yourself up for success with your weight loss journey:
1. If you haven’t already done so during your initial weight loss consult, determine the real reason(s) you want to lose weight. Maybe you have one big underlying “why,” such as “I have a family history of diabetes and I want to do everything in my power to stay healthy.” Or maybe you have a list of reasons, including things like, “My joints won’t hurt as much when I lose weight,” or “I want to be able to go hiking or biking with my kids.” Spend some time reflecting on your personal reasons for wanting to lose weight. Write them down regularly to remind yourself of your deepest motivations during your weight loss journey.
2. Spring clean your pantry and refrigerator (check out last week’s blog post for more details). Why tempt yourself with foods that aren’t protocol friendly? Toss (or donate if packages are unopened and unexpired) everything you know you shouldn’t be eating or know you’ll never eat. If other household members need or want foods you won’t be eating, see if you can store the foods that might tempt you someplace where you won’t see them every time, you’re in the kitchen.
3. Make a list of strategies for when you’re tempted to go off your plan. What possible obstacles or challenging situations can you foresee? Maybe your spouse orders fast food and the smell is tempting. What if you had a very stressful day and are really craving sugar? Or, what if you are preparing food for others and want a small taste. Create some if/then scenarios with solutions to help you cope.
4. Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member. Yes, always have a lifeline. Maybe it’s someone self-isolating with you at home or a friend/co-worker you can reach out to who has already done a version of our protocol. Share your weight loss plans and ask for their support during the process. In times like these, it’s important to communicate and get support when you’re feeling like your “normal” is changing.
5. Make sure you have the basic tools you’ll need for cooking at home. It’s much easier to whip up a healthy home-cooked meal when you have a sharp knife, a good nonstick skillet, and accurate measuring utensils!
6. Reach out to me! Like I always say, don’t call me. Half of the time I don’t even hear the phone ringing BUT I’m a machine on email! I check it constantly and reply rapidly. Keeping lines of communication open with me is incredibly important. I will be able to provide you with guidance and support to help get you through challenges and doubtful moments.
7. The App, the App, the App. You knew I would mention this again, didn’t you? The IdealSmart App is like another one of me who is with you 24/7. Watch your videos, enter your meals, and see your pie charts improve.