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" WEIGHT LOSS CONFUSION -
WHERE TO BEGIN?" 

by Cindy Dobroskay

We are surrounded with information. There is sooo much information available online that it becomes overwhelming! We try to sift through all the advice and free workouts and different ideas on how we should eat and how we should exercise and how complicated it is to lose weight for our ‘body type’ or blood type’ or because of hormones. There are a lot of offers online for the ‘quick fix’ and many claiming you need to eliminate _____ and _______ from the diet (I bet you could fill in the blanks pretty quickly because you’ve heard it, right?)
How can it not be confusing?? When we are confused and overwhelmed, what do we do? What do you do? What have you done – when it comes to the excess weight you know you should do something about?
More often than not, we freeze! We stop all efforts and do nothing more than we’ve done in the past. Which didn’t work so well. Am I right? It’s too difficult to know what to do next, or first, and what’s safe, and what’s right for our body. Sound familiar?
First things first. The first step to success with any goal is taking the first step. Babies do it – with a bit of struggle and great persistence! Every baby who can walk, took their first step. And then they kept on stepping! Over and over and over again.
Some goals are bigger than others and they create a sense of uncertainty – can we really do it? Is it even worth trying? “I don’t need another disappointment in my effort to lose weight. Again.” “Nothing has ever worked. I end up back where I was. What’s the point?” Sound familiar?
You need to know - the definition of failure is not falling, because we can always get up and try again, or try something new, but we can always keep going.
Failure is failing to try – not even starting.
Most successful people say their failures are what led to their success! So get out there and fail! Don’t be afraid and discouraged because you ‘might’ fail. You have more chance of success if you start, and give it your best effort, and maybe fail at the little steps along the way, but keep stepping and moving, and you WILL move forward!
What is your next step?
Maybe you’ve been sitting a lot lately and haven’t moved much at all. Walking is the best first step for you. Take an easy walk around the neighbourhood and see how that goes. Every day for a week, do the same. Then, add 5 minutes to your walk every day. And keep doing that – you’ll be amazed how quickly the minutes add up and you can walk for an hour! It doesn’t have to be all at the same time – if you don’t have time for a full hour at one time, get out for a walk in the morning, at noon, later in the afternoon or evening. Even a 10 minute walk will improve your mobility, stability, blood flow, mental clarity, and so much more! Try for 20 minutes at a time if you can – and do this three times a day! After 1 month, let me know how you’re feeling. I’m guessing you’ll be feeling amazing in comparison to how you feel today.
Maybe you’re not really out of shape but you have put on some excess poundage over the past few months and you want to take care of it, before it takes care of you! Okay. Great work catching this before it gets out of control. Start doing a little more today than you did yesterday. Assess what could have caused that weight gain and tackle that problem. You see more than one issue? Take one dietary issue and one fitness issue at a time. Overwhelming our mind with too many changes leads to defeat. Don’t do that. Try adding a few more minutes of physical movement to your day - a longer walk or run if you do that. Start monitoring your food intake and write it down. A food diary can help us see what we’ve eaten at the end of the day, but also helps us control what we eat – after all, do you really want to write down those chips you’re reaching for? I thought not. Try not to eat after 8pm at night. Drink water when you think you’re hungry. Start moving when you feel bored. Try things. You may start to lose some weight just by being more aware of what you are eating and improving your diet in small ways.
So there are a few ideas. It really sucks to feel lousy about ourselves because of our body isn’t what we’d like it to be and especially when we know we could improve things for our health and our happiness. Don’t get bogged down in all the different ideas out there on how you need to lose weight. Just start with the basics. Start with that first step! The rest will come. 

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