Are you planning on starting a weight loss plan some time soon? Are you afraid of starting it due to past failures? If this is the case, then read on to see what it is you MUST do on your very first day of your journey… or else!!
You see, getting started on a new journey to lose weight can be pretty exciting and it can be pretty frightening at the same time. Those that tend to lean more towards the “exciting” aspect of getting started on their journey more than likely have adopted the 2 most critical things you MUST do on the first day of your plan.
So, if you want to be successful and have continuing motivation throughout your journey to reach your weight loss goals, whatever they may be, then I strongly recommend you do the following on the very first day…
First, Make The First Day…
The best day! What I mean by that is you must put forth maximum effort to make your first day of your journey the most successful in terms of you doing everything there is that is healthy…
This means waking up at a time that would have given you a full nights rest (7-8 hours), making sure you eat a healthy breakfast, thoroughly following whatever diet plan you downloaded, drinking plenty of water throughout the day (I recommend 1/2 your body weight in ounces), doing a good workout, and then going to bed at a reasonable time.
When you make the first day the most successful day, this sets the stage for ongoing motivation to stay consistent with reaching your goals!
On the other hand, if the first day of your plan is not successful because you skipped your workout, you skipped breakfast, you gave in to some temptation, you didn’t follow the diet plan’s recommendations, etc., then that will unfortunately set the stage for you LOSING motivation… and then ultimately giving up on your goals!
Second, Adopt The Long Haul Mindset…
I am a firm believer that dieting should never be done just to reach a specific goal (i.e. losing 25 pounds by the summer). I believe that dieting should be done to reach your goals… AND… to recondition your mindset on how you approach caring for your body… for life.
On the first day of your plan, put it in your mind right upfront that you are not just going to achieve your goals, you are going to stick to living a healthier lifestyle… for life. By doing this, you will find it much more easier to stay consistent with healthy living and your diet plan.
On the flip side, if you approach dieting with JUST focusing on reaching your goals, you’ll tend to either have a lackluster approach to healthy living or you’ll approach dieting with a “shotgun approach” (get quick results and quit). Both mindsets will leave you in the negative.
Approaching healthy living with a lackluster approach can make you cut corners, skip over VERY important steps (like drinking a ton of water), and make you lose motivation fairly quickly. Approaching it with a shotgun approach will leave you with side-effects, yo-yo weight loss, and you feeling miserable!
So, when starting a weight loss plan, what you do on the first day is absolutely critical for long term success. Make the first day the best day with making nothing but healthy decisions and approach healthy living with a mindset that you are not just dieting and exercising to reach a specific goal, you are going to be living healthy… for life. Trust me, if you do this, day two… and on, will also be incredible days as well!