With all that in mind I would like to discuss what I think the TWO keys to weight loss actually are and provide one of the two items for you, here on the blog.
Key ONE - Motivation
An individual such as myself who is carrying excess weight of any kind must first decide they no longer like doing so. But that is only the beginning of motivation. I have not liked carrying this extra 20 pounds for several years now and yet never did anything about it. The dislike must slowly turn to into being fed up and sick of being out of shape. It also helps of course when your 20 year high school reunion is next year and when you have health reasons to add to the motivation bucket as I do. However, this is the category I cannot help you with. I, like anyone else, can tell you all the good reasons for a life change of this sort but you already know that stuff. You have to finally decide on your own why its worth the effort.
Key TWO - Accountability
Many of us start these kinds of efforts well intended. We may even lose two pounds per week for an entire month. But somewhere along the line we get out of the habit, we make excuses for missing a run, or justify eating those extra calories and before long...we're done. I am convinced that people will always have a much better possibility of success when there are others that are not only doing the weight loss with you but also holding you accountable each week. That is where I hope to help and where I hope you will consider helping me. Every Thursday for the next three months (possibly longer) those that wish to participate, will send me a brief update that I will post on the blog along with my stats. In essence this will create a public record of our progress or lack thereof for the purpose of accountability.
So...diet and exercise with any method of your choosing. But each week send me an email with the following:
- A photo of yourself
- Your starting weight
- Your goal weight
- Your current weight
- A paragraph about your week's experiences be they good, bad, or ugly.