Let’s dive right into how to choose what to start with first – start with what’s easy.
I know you didn’t expect to hear that from a weight loss coach, but consider this your permission slip to take it easy.
There’s enough stress in your life as it is and there’s no point adding the stress of losing weight to the mix especially if it’s not necessary.
- What about all the carbs I have to cut?
- How about going keto?
- Or the amount of money it costs to buy healthy food?
Well those are things that you feel you should do, but a lot of times the things you should do and the things that’ll get you the weight loss success that you’re after are not the same thing.
And this applies beyond weight loss.
I’m a Mechanical Engineer and I graduated Magna Cum Laude. That’s noteworthy because I wasn’t mathematically inclined.
In fact a lot of people warned my parents not to send me abroad for school because I was the most likely of my siblings to mess up!
“She’ll get pregnant” they said…
Why do I share this? Well because I took an unconventional approach to graduating with honors and with a full time job lined up a full year before graduation in a recession year.
I called it the power of the strategic B.
After two quarters of stressing out to try to get all A’s in my classes I finally gave up and “allowed” myself to have one B each quarter. This helped me take the pressure off and allowed me to do things like take dance class to relax or go for long leisurely swims the night before my physics exam (one of my strategic B’s).
My parents don’t know this (so please don’t tell them), but taking this “easy way out” helped me take the stress off and still end up successful at achieving my end game – a full time career that supports me and my dreams.
Almost 10 years later as I still thrive as an engineer, no one cares that I slacked off on one class a term (I really hope my Dad doesn’t read this!).
What’s the point of all this?
The parallel I’m trying to draw here by sharing this story is that I know you can relate to a time in your life when you decided to take it easy on yourself for your sanity and you still achieved your goal.
So why should weight loss be different?
So back to the question of the day. How do you choose what to start with first so you can crush it at weight loss?
Make a list of all the things you need to do to lose weight, and rank them in order of difficulty.
And then start with the easiest thing.
I know it sounds counter-intuitive to the popular no pain no gain message, but like you’ve discovered, that doesn’t work. And that’s because it’s overwhelming especially when you consider the fact that you have a lot more on your plate than just trying to lose weight.
When you start with what’s easy, consistency starts to feel natural.
And when consistency starts to feel easy, you’ll start adding the hard things. And as you rack up your consistency, the weight will fall off.
P.S. If healthy eating is on your radar as what to start with first, The Healthy Eating Made Easy Cheat Sheet can help you with that. With the cheat sheet, you’ll discover the four food types that’ll help you eat healthy in a way that’ll help you lose weight and you’ll learn how to use them effectively. Think of it as your food equivalent of the strategic B 😉