If we started out looking like this -- or even close to it, and we want to get to
we can't depend on Santa Claus, or even God! We are the ones who got ourselves into the situation of being overweight, and "we" are the ones who will have to get us out.
You can get a personal trainer! True, they will show you how to correctly do various exercises, and they will at times 'demand' that you do 10 of these, or 20 of that. But... when the trainer isn't there, then who makes you do it? You are the one, only you!
You can join a gym! Going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week would help a lot. But only if you DO SOMETHING while you are there. Even if it is to get on a treadmill and plod along at 2 mph while reading a magazine, you are at least moving. And as long as you don't follow up your trip to the gym with a trip to DQ, you should do OK for starters.
You can make a list of goals! Now we're getting somewhere. Lists are great motivators as you can cross them off your list once you have accomplished them. However, do not think that by merely "making up the list" you have accomplished something -- NO, now you have to DO as the list says!
You can become more active on Spark People! By being active I mean log-in every day, read a few blogs, make comments, record your weight, record the food you ate and the exercise you did, make a new friend, make a few suggestions. All of this may not seem to have a thing to do with losing weight and getting healthy -- but it does. It has been proven by studies that the more you participate among the teams you are a member of, the more likely you are to lose weight. I think it's something like self-motivation. Try it, you might like it!
You can plan your food for the entire week! This may seem like quite a hassle, but nothing will sabotage your eating plan quicker than coming home from shopping or work, and finding nothing "healthy" in the refrigerator to eat. OK, so you open the freezer, take out a pizza and stick it in the oven. In 20 minutes or so you've got a nice unhealthy, full-of-fat and carbs something to chow down on. Doesn't it make you feel even a tiny bit guilty? You know, if you had some of those delicious yogurts on hand, you could have eaten one of those for a mere 80 healthy calories, and it would have carried you over until you could have fixed a healthy meal. Just sayin'........
It's Just Too Much Work!!!! Yes, getting to and staying on a Healthy Lifestyle is hard work, at times you may feel deprived, strung out, sick of it, tired, not enough willpower to go on. But take a look at the progress you've made. Could you run up a flight of stairs before you started this plan? Could you take a 2-mile walk or run, and still feel like going to a movie or out dancing? Could you play with your pet or child? Or did you eat something unhealthy and then fall asleep in a chair watching TV?
I'm not telling you this will be easy. There are times when you will want to give up. But read the statistics, look at the slim people who enjoy life, don't you want to be one of them. Buying smaller sizes of clothing. Perhaps able to throw out some of the meds you are on -- because now you have no blood pressure problems, no diabetes, and your doctor is smiling as he looks over your latest blood work report.
Look at the scale -- not that one, the one that is for pro's and con's. See if the good doesn't outweight the bad. Go get out there and MOVE!!