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Moms Lose The Fat One Day At A Time

Mar 6, 2008
Just like great cities were not built in a day, your weight gain did not happen in one day, one week or even one month. Do not expect to start exercising or eating correctly instantly as it will take time to set good habits and change your lifestyle. Try changing one bad habit into a good habit one at a time. Make a goal to start one supportive habit each week. It is about making progress in the right direction and not perfection.

The small daily changes in your habits make the big outcome over time.

A journey of a thousand steps starts with the first step. You need to focus on the small individual positive steps in order to realize the weight loss that you want to accomplish. Moving in the right direction will cause you to build momentum and the weight loss will just seem to happen. It is the willingness to not give up but to keep going with small daily steps that will get you through the hard times. You have to take a "whatever It takes" attitude where failure is not an option.

So how can you do it? Keep in mind that your weight gain did not happen overnight and your weight loss will not happen overnight either. Focus on a slow and small weight loss each week with 1-2 pounds per week and not 10 pounds per week. The slow progressive weight loss will help you lose the weight and keep it off. This way you will not yo-yo diet where you lose weight too fast (consisting mostly of water, muscle and bone mass) only to gain back more than you lost.

Aim for a couple of small improvements each week. Small changes each day to begin eating healthier and exercising so that today is better than yesterday. These small improvements will build into big improvements over time.

Beware of "quick fixes" that promise overnight fat loss. They can do more damage to your body and metabolism than they do good. Plan for a slow steady weight loss that will give you the desired results over time and last a lifetime. We all want that instant result only to be disappointed and quit in the end. Remember it did not happen overnight and cannot be corrected overnight.

Break your weight loss plan down into small goals. Have a one month goal, a three month goal, a six month goal and a one year goal. Make sure your goals flow naturally one into the next. This way you will not be overwhelmed and quit.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you lose the weight? The same way! One pound at a time. Make sure to make realistic and achievable goals, and then reward yourself when you accomplish each small goal. Reward yourself with a new dress or a healthy night on the town with the girls. This will keep you on track and help you to achieve the next goal. Remember a half-hearted try will result in a half-hearted outcome.

Life is going to happen and put all kinds of obstacles in your way. You must face these challenges head on and not let any situation get you off course. You should try for improvement each day, not perfection.

If you did not exercise today or you did eat every meal correctly today just do better tomorrow. Learn from the situations and set backs so that you will be able to handle them differently next time. Then get back on track and keep going with your daily improvements. Learn not to blame, create excuses and beat yourself up each time you have a minor set back. Remember do not sweat the small stuff.

Keep focused on the end result (tight, skinny jeans) and not the obstacles from yesterday. Strive to do better today than you did yesterday. It is the daily actions that will keep you going and start to show in the belt line. Train your mind to equate a small daily goal with an enormous goal. It is all about meeting the goal for today and worrying about the goal for tomorrow, tomorrow. It is just about today!!!

Be flexible with yourself. The best way to fail is to set unrealistically strict goals that are too easy just to say "I do not have time for that today". If you set your goal that you HAVE to work out 30 minutes a day and you can only get in 20 minutes today, then just do 20 minutes. 20 minutes are better than none. But if you are too rigid then you will not do any because you only allowed yourself 30 minutes of exercise or none.

Set a goal to exercise 2-3 days per week as much as you can each time up to 30 minutes. You will be less likely to disappoint yourself when you can only work out 20 minutes today instead of 30 minutes.

If you set a goal to run a marathon and you exercised in training but could not find the endurance to finish the race, you are still better off with the training that you did do. So set your goals with that concept in mind. If you do not do everything perfectly, then you are still better off with what you did do than not doing anything at all. It is a win-win concept. This will help you through the rough spots and keep you going.

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About the Author
Tony Edwards is a Weight Management and Healthy Life Style coach. To find out more how you can become a Yummy Mummy go here Yummy Mummy

Find out more how Holly Rigsby, CPT, MAT has worked with over 300 Mom's to help them lose the stubborn baby fat, get their pre-baby body back and reclaim their yummy-ness. Don't miss her Free Report: Top 5 Busy Mom Metabolism Boosters.
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