What Not To Do When Trying To Lose Weight

Since there are so many articles out there that teach you HOW to lose weight, I’m going to share my beliefs on what you shouldn’t do when losing weight.  

Let me start off by saying that I’m no expert.  I lost a significant amount of weight in the past throughout my college career, but after my babies, stress helped put it all back on plus some. Now that I’m in a better place mentally and emotionally, I’m ready to tackle my journey head on.

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I’m only 10 pounds down so far, but it’s a start in the right direction that I’m proud of, and I want to share what I’m not doing that’s helping.

Here’s 5 things to avoid doing when trying to lose weight:

1. Having a relationship with your scale

Your scale is a good tool to keep track of your progress, but it’s not meant to be the first thing you see every morning. I know it feels great to see a lower number than the last time, but I also know it’s not the coolest feeling to see a higher number.

Don’t let your scale influence your emotions like the friend with major mood swings. Instead, tuck it away some place you don’t see and resort to it only once every few weeks.

2. Taking on too big of a challenge

Challenging yourself is always something I’ll promote, but when it comes to losing weight, less may actually be more. The reason I say this is because if you’re used to eating mainly junk food, not exercising, or barely drinking any water, then trying to make all those changes overnight will seem like a huge task -- and one that you will eventually dread, then likely quit. Instead, set a goal for the week such as “I want to consume 64 oz of water a day.” Do that, and then introduce a new goal. So on and so forth.

3. Comparing yourself to others

I know those Instagram models are great to look at and we think they’re motivating, but are they?... Really? It crosses over into unhealthy territory when you start to wonder why you can’t look like that or wish you could already. Just remember that you can only compete against yourself and try every day to be a better version of who you were yesterday. No one else matters.

4. Doing it for your husband or kids and not for you

I hate to put it that way, but I truly believe that succeeding in weight loss comes from one place: you. You have to want it for you, not for someone else. At the end of the day, I think self-motivation is what drives people through their journey + what ultimately leads them to success.

5. Mindlessly eating

Try not to eat in front of the TV or while simultaneously checking emails, texting, or really anything else. If you do, you might find that your healthy snack turns into a more of a meal. I am so guilty of this. I will think I’m choosing a healthier snack with my rice cake, but then look up from my phone and half the package is gone. Distraction is a killer when it comes to eating.

Once you stop doing everything above, I think your approach to weight loss will change. I know it has for me.

Read more: My tips for reaching your goals in 2018

Is there anything you avoid that helps move along your journey? Let me know!

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