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Roadmap to Weight Reduction Success

There’s an old saying; “If you don’t know where you are going, all roads lead there (nowhere!)” I speak to many people who want to reduce their wait and the first thing I ask them is “how much do you want to reduce your weight by?” The usual answer I get back is something along the lines of; “Oh I don’t know, I am just getting rid of my excess weight” or “I’m just trying to lose a bit” In fact I would estimate that 95% of the people I speak to do not know exactly how much they want to reduce their weight by! When you couple this with the fact that 95% of people who want to reduce their weight never succeed you start to see a bigger picture. I would also say that a large amount of those people also do not know how much they weigh in the first place, how can you know if you are succeeding if you don’t know where you started from and where you want to go? The simple answer is YOU CAN’T! The title of this article is “The Roadmap to Success” so let me carry on with that metaphor. If you are going on a journey and you needed to get to a specific place that you had never been before would you just set off and hope for the best? No of course you wouldn’t. You would want to know where you are setting off from, how far it is, what the route is, do you need to stop on the way, do you need a car or boat, do you need to catch a plane, what time do you need to leave, how long will it take you, and so on and so on. You may use an atlas or print a map off of the internet, you may phone the place that you are going so they can give you directions or ask someone that has been there before. Can you hear what I am saying? Do you see where I am going with this? If you can plan a journey with this much detail so that you get to where you want to be what is stopping you from planning your ‘weight reduction journey’ like this and giving yourself the best chance of getting to where you want to be? The answer might be that you don’t really know where to start; well I am here to help you. Below is a 7 point guide to planning your “Roadmap to Success” use it to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance of reaching your destination.

1. Find out where you are now! That’s right it means weighing yourself. I know that people who are overweight generally do not like weighing themselves; I have been there and know the feeling. Trust me when I say that this is an essential part of the journey. Just do it.

2. Decide on your final outcome! Work out for yourself what weight you want to reach. You can do this however you want, make sure it is achievable and that it is a healthy weight for you to be at. You now know how much you have to reduce your weight by.

3. Decide on a timeframe! Consider how long it will take you to reduce your weight by that much and set a deadline of when you want to reach your outcome. Again make it achievable – there is no point wanting to reduce your weight by 4 stones (56 pounds) in a week.

4. Split the timeframe down! Set some smaller goals, if you have given yourself a year for example split it down in to monthly goals to be achieved.

5. Who/what is going to help you? Everyone needs help, it’s that simple. Maybe you can get advice from an expert or buy a book or ebook. Which friends and/or family can you count on for undying support? Speak to them, tell them your goal and ask them for their help and support.

6. Get started and don’t stop! Sorry if that sounds simple but I hear so many people say “I will start next week” or “I am just having a day off, I will get back on it tomorrow” It is a hard truth that you cannot afford to stop every now and again or have a ‘day off’ There is no better time to start than right now and no better time to stop than when you succeed.

7. Finally, get ready to celebrate! One key thing that people miss out on when achieving something is the celebration. Celebrating tells your nervous system that this is good and I want more of it. So celebrate in a small way when you achieve your short term goals then plan a huge celebration for when you reach your ultimate outcome. Ask yourself ‘What is my ultimate prize for succeeding?” then right down a whole list of things and choose the ultimate that you promise to give yourself once you have reached your final outcome. So by now you should have your journey planned, now get started, enjoy the journey and reach your destination. You have my very best wishes. Graham Nicholls


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