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SP article--rephrased-5 Signs It's Time to Get Serious about Weight Loss The Time to Commit to Losi

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

(mostly)-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

It's easy to say that you want to lose weight. It's also easy to find the motivation to hit the gym regularly and choose the right foods in the beginning. After a few weeks, our motivation seems to wane and those old, unhealthy habits of yours start to creep back in. emoticon What seemed so easy at first is now difficult. emoticon You have cravings. emoticon You're tired. emoticon You miss those social dinners with your friends and doughnuts emoticon at the office. That 6 a.m. emoticon aerobics class emoticon doesn't seem as fun, and getting up without hitting the snooze button seems impossible.

Sound familiar? So many of us have fallen into this yo-yo emoticon emoticon diet and exercise trap over the years. You decide you want to lose weight, start a program, and even start to see some results and then…life gets in the way. Before you know it, you're off your healthy living plan again. While SparkPeople has the tools and resources that make weight loss fun and uplifting—a true lifestyle change—you still need to commit to using them. You have to commit now and, well, forever. You have to choose to change your life, both when life is breezy and when things aren't going your way. Whether you have 5 pounds or 150 pounds to lose, you have to get serious if you're ever going to reach your goals. emoticon

So how do you know if it's time to get real? How do you know if you're committed to your weight-loss efforts this time around? If any of the five signs below sound like you, then you aren't 100% committed to getting healthy. (Don't worry; we'll help you get there!) emoticon

5 Signs It's Time to Get Real about Weight Loss

Sign #1: You keep waiting to start.
If you really want or need to lose weight but keep putting it off until tomorrow, next week, or even later in the future, you're not serious about weight loss. There is no perfect time to lose weight; you'll always have to deal with stress and work and LIFE, and there's no better way to get started than to jump right in today. emoticon Don't put off getting healthy for another day. Get healthy now. Why waste another day? emoticon Right this second you can start improving your health by doing something as simple as going for a short walk emoticon , choosing the stairs over the elevator or even looking up the emoticon online menu of the restaurant you're going to tonight and ordering a emoticon healthy dish. There's no time like the present. Your life starts now!

Stop putting it off: Tell a loved one that you're committed to changing your life and losing weight the right way. Then write down three simple things that you can do TODAY emoticon to be healthier, such as drinking a glass of water emoticon , walking around the block once emoticon or eating two fewer bites than you normally would emoticon . By sharing your goals, emoticon you'll stay accountable and by starting small, you'll build momentum to make more changes.

Sign #2: You can't do the things you want to do.
Did you once love to travel, but now have problems fitting in the airplane seat? emoticon Can you no longer play tag or run emoticon around with your kids? Does dancing emoticon with your friends or walking up a flight of stairs leave you emoticon winded? If you can no longer do what you need to do (walk without discomfort, take the stairs) or want to do (visit an amusement park, buy new emoticon clothes off the rack), it's time to get serious. With regular exercise emoticon and some simple food emoticon swaps, you can be back to your usual self and live your dreams.

Focus on functionality: For motivation, make a list of the things you want to do but can't do comfortably (or at all) right now. Weight loss isn't just about wearing smaller pants size; it will help you live the life you want. Your motivation can come from the list you made—all of your goals and dreams, both big and small. Then, with your doctor's blessing, begin a functional fitness program today. Go for regular walks to improve your emoticon cardiovascular fitness, and try these exercises to help make your everyday activities easier to do. Before you know it, the pounds will drop, but more importantly, you'll be able to do all the things you love to do. emoticon

Sign #3: You're facing chronic health issues.
Being overweight or obese puts a huge strain on your body and increases your risk for many chronic health problems, including type 2 diabetes emoticon , coronary heart disease emoticon and stroke, emoticonmetabolic syndrome, certain types of emoticoncancers, sleep apnea emoticon, osteoarthritis emoticon, gallbladder disease emoticon, fatty liver disease emoticon, pregnancy complications emoticon and premature death emoticon. Many of these conditions don't exhibit any symptoms, but that doesn't mean you haven't started developing them just because a doctor hasn't made a diagnosis yet. If any of these conditions run in your family or you know that you're at risk due to your weight or lifestyle, see a doctor right away. You can no longer treat weight-loss as an option. It's a necessity for you to save your own life. emoticon

Live longer and healthier: If you haven't had a physical emoticon in the last year, schedule one with your doctor today emoticon . If you do have any health issues, seek treatment and ask the doctor what types emoticon of physical activity you can do and if there are any dietary restrictions. emoticon Once your doctor has given the OK, get started with SparkPeople's beginner's exercise safety tips and start making healthier food choices to get on the road to a healthier you. emoticon

Sign #4: You give up easily.
Do you throw in the weight-loss towel after you eat a cookie or miss a single workout? Then you need to get real and learn to forgive yourself. emoticon Health and weight issues don't result from one emoticon small mistake during a 24-hour period; it's what you do day after day, time after time that really counts. You don't emoticon have to be perfect, but you do have to be consistent. emoticon So stop beating yourself up for every mistake. We all make them! It's what you do next that matters. Commit to making healthy choices most of the time, emoticon and you will reach your goals!

Get back on track: Promise that you'll be kind to yourself when you do slip up, and create a get-back-on-track plan. If you're not sure where to start, try one of these tips!

Sign #5: You're envious of others who have lost weight.
If you feel self-conscious about your body and size around others or feel extremely jealous of other people who have lost weight, then it's time for you to focus your energies on your own self-improvement. These feelings may signal something deeper that needs your attention. As you might guess, weight-loss isn't just about choosing to eat right and exercise. Many times, it's also about having the self-worth to make a change and believing that you deserve to do something positive for yourself!

Make yourself a priority: Stop comparing yourself to others. Everyone's journey and circumstances are different. So instead of wondering why you weren't blessed with a faster metabolism like your co-worker was, focus on what you love about yourself. The next time you become envious or self-conscious, remind yourself that you deserve good things in life, too, so commit to make healthy choices. Weight loss isn't a weakness, emoticon a desire to conform, emoticon or a sign that you're not awesome just the way you are. emoticon Every person is worthy of love, emoticon respect emoticon and self-care emoticon —and maintaining a healthy weight is part of that. emoticon

Losing weight is hard work emoticon , but the change begins with you and it starts right now. If any of these signs describe you, it's time to stop talking about weight loss and commit to it.

A great way to begin is by signing up for a free account at SparkPeople.com and following the SparkDiet, a four-stage journey that teaches you how to make healthy lifestyle changes, one simple step at a time.

And if you're in need of a laugh after you get serious, check out these 10 humorous signs that you need to lose weight! (See the real article for this link,)
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