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This week's edition of 1 Minute With Naomi covers one (of many) ways I stayed motivated on my own weight loss journey and how I was able to slowly stop personalizing my weight loss setbacks and failures so that I could lose 150 pounds. If you're a numbers kind of gal and you like planning and organizing, you'll probably like this method!
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Are you ready to experiment?
Here are the steps you'll need to take if you want to get scientific about your weight loss:
1. Recognize that it will take a long time!
Most great experiments take a long time. Many steps must be taken to get to the end result. That's just how life is. You see this in all aspects of life! It can feel discouraging when you feel that your ultimate goal weight is so far off into the future. While you're working on your ultimate weight loss experiment, set up mini experiments a long the way to keep your motivation up. You must create small wins for yourself. These will act as milestones to reach along the way.
2. Measure everything!
The part that can be not-so-fun is measuring and tracking everything. It will take a week or two to build the routine of remembering to track everything, but once it's a habit, it's not so bad.
Science experiments are heavily documented because they have to be replicable. Your weight loss should be the same. You have to also know why you've plateaued. When you're weight loss stalls, you'll have no idea why if you don't have information to refer back to.
You need to track your food intake. You need to be able to pinpoint what foods you consumed that make you feel a certain way (tired, energetic, bloated, etc.). You also must have a firm idea of how many calories you are consuming eat day so that you're not going overboard!
You also need to keep an eye on your workouts. If you do the same routine for the same duration and the same intensity every day, you're going nowhere. If you keep a little log of what you do for fitness each week, you'll be able to spot when you're doing too much of the same routine. You'll also be able to see your progress in numbers. You'll see you're getting faster and lifting heavier weights.
Track your ovulation cycle (if you're a woman). This is important to notice if you stop getting your period due to being too rigid in your weight loss behaviors. It's also good for understanding sugar cravings that seem to pop up out of nowhere.
3. Failures are going to happen!
Almost all science experiments result in screw ups. So do weight loss journeys. When we're on our weight loss journey, we personalize those failures and setbacks. We feel like we were stupid and did something wrong. We take on ownership of those mess ups as if they're part of who we are.
When you view your weight loss from the framework of a science experience, you begin to detach from the outcome and stop personalizing. Everything becomes more objective. As a scientist in your weight loss journey experiment, you must be objective if you want to be honest.
This will also help you embrace trial and error a bit more and stop feeling like you're wasting all of your time. Even though you will be failing, you'll be learning. You're testing your theories to see if they stick.
Remember what Thomas Edison said:
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time." -Thomas Edison
"I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." -Thomas Edison
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