16 Helpful Weight Loss Hints, Pt. 2

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In part one of this two-part series, we talked about how to get started with your weight loss goal. Now that you’ve had some time to make those initial lifestyle changes, let’s dig a bit deeper. Remember that lasting weight loss takes time, and the goal is to see a gradual decrease as you approach a healthy weight. Here are my tips and tricks for when you start to see progress and want to keep things going! If you have questions, feel free to email me at mmanley@relivinc.com. Clean those closets. When you start losing weight, get rid of your larger clothes. Keeping them around only gives you a safety net in case you relapse. Make a donation to Goodwill and treat yourself to a few new outfits in your new size. You’ll feel driven to keep going by how good you feel in your new duds! A game changer. While you’re making progress, don’t forget to revel in the journey! If you’ve always rewarded yourself with food, find new ways to pamper yourself that don’t involve eating. Need ideas? Sign up for a healthy cooking class, pamper yourself with a pedicure or pick out some new workout clothes. Reprogram yourself to associate a treat with something other than a sweet so you can celebrate without setbacks! Be a locavore! You’ve heard of herbivores and carnivores – shop local and be a locavore! Visit a nearby farmers market and learn what fruits and vegetables are in season. Make a goal of trying one new healthy thing each month to expand your palate. Keep a journal. Even if you only write in bullet points, make a few notes each day about what is working and what isn’t. Make note of how you feel and what you found encouraging (favorite quotations, images and compliments you’ve received). Your journal is a great place to write down all the reasons why you’re taking this journey (i.e. increased energy, feeling better in your clothes, an upcoming milestone or vacation and having more time with loved ones). Don’t forget to document your progress with photos as you start to see the difference! Go easy. If you make a mistake or have a dietary relapse, forgive yourself. You’re only human and we all slip up sometimes. Remember that you’re making gradual changes and letting old habits slowly taper away into the past. Give yourself a fresh start the next morning and don’t let yesterday’s slip up ruin today’s success. Make allowances. Build some “cheat” meals (not entire days) into your schedule. You’ll still want a piece of wedding cake or ice cream with your family every now and again. Make these treats the exception, not the rule and you’ll stay consistent. Remember that it’s not the occasional indulgence that determines your success; it’s what you do every day that makes a difference. Remember that a treat should be just that – a rare occurrence! Be realistic. True change takes time, and you need to give yourself the time to truly adapt to this new lifestyle. If you expect to see changes after only a week, you’ll likely be disappointed. Check in with yourself every few weeks and give it a month or two before you expect other people to notice the difference. Write down the nice things they say to you and pin them up in your closet, on the bathroom mirror and inside your cabinet doors as a reminder of what you’ve achieved. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you won’t lose it that fast either. Incremental change works best! Shake it up! Add Slimplicity® with LunaRich® to your daily regimen and throw in some fruit while you’re at it. You’ll feel fuller longer and reap all the health benefits of lunasin. Instead of reaching for a soda or latte, enjoy a Reliv shake and get moving! http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=41231&sc=3002 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/4-tips-help-you-lose-10-percent http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/health/the-10-percent-solution-losing-a-little-brings-big-gains.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/health/biological-changes-thwart-weight-loss-efforts-study-finds.html?_r=0 http://recessionista.com/health/10-non-food-ways-to-reward-yourself/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=528 http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/6-ways-reward-weight-loss-success-without-using-food

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