Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey

Lose Weight Wisely: Embarking on a weight loss journey is a commendable decision, but not all habits are created equal.

In our quest for a healthier lifestyle, it’s crucial to identify and bid farewell to detrimental habits that may hinder progress.

Join us as we navigate the path to weight loss wisdom, shedding light on the ten habits you need to ditch for a more successful and sustainable journey towards your fitness goals.

It’s time to lose weight wisely – let’s start by leaving these habits behind.

Lose Weight Wisely: The Habits to Ditch on Your Journey

Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey
Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey

1. You have got to meet yourself where you’re at.

Especially in the age of social media, it’s easy to compare yourself to others. Your journey is just that: Yours. Instead of being made to feel like you are not good enough based on what you see someone else doing, focus on where you are and progress from there.

This is important in all aspects of wellness, whether it’s trying out a new strength training routine or shifting your eating habits.

Just because you can’t do a difficult movement like a dumbbell snatch, for example, doesn’t mean you won’t get there one day. Have some grace, embrace honesty, and the rest will come with time.

2. Never eliminate anything completely.

Many popular diets advertise cutting things out. At least in small portions. like carbs or sugar. When we eliminate things from our diet, it’s almost guaranteed that you will crave them more.

Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey
10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey

In my experience, I’d binge the very thing that I told myself I couldn’t have. Instead of eliminating things from your life, the practice of moderation and portion control is a much safer alternative. It’s a practice that truly helped me along my journey.

Instead of stopping my college’s famous banana chocolate chip ice cream completely, for example, I let myself have a scoop on Fridays.

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When it came to indulging in Grandma’s Sunday sauce, I made sure to also serve myself a hearty helping of salad in addition to the oh-so-good pasta bowl.

By embracing the foods that made me happy in smart amounts, I was able to enjoy the process without feeling like I was missing out.

3. You can do anything you set your mind to.

I really, really wanted to love running. But in the earliest stages, I felt as though I would never. I felt as though because I wasn’t “good” at it, it would never be for me. Toward the beginning of my personal weight-loss efforts, I worked at a summer camp, without access to a typical big box gym.

Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey
Lose Weight Wisely

This really encouraged me to give running another hard try, as it was one of the few ways I could get active and really break a sweat without any equipment.

The first week of running was awful. I did it for about 15 minutes per day, and ran the exact same route every single time. However, after a week of sticking it out, I slowly got to a place where I realized that it was nowhere as bad as I had been making it out to be. With time, the enjoyment grew.

I didn’t have to be the best runner. I just had to be me running. This realization empowered me to try and stick with other things that felt hard in the past.

4. Your get-moving options are endless.

I went through phases over my three-year journey dabbling in a slew of different fitness modalities. I have done it all, from barre and Spin class to dance cardio.

Some of these love affairs lasted longer than others, but what I most enjoyed about the process was that I had the opportunity to mix up my routine as often as I liked.

There was no reason to stick with something that didn’t bring me joy or light me up. By diversifying my go-to sweat method, I had a lot more fun, and even made some great friends along the way. Plus, research has shown that adding variety to an exercise program can improve adherence.

5. Invest in your own personal wellness.

During the summer of 15-minute runs, I lived in Hanes white v-neck T-shirts and cotton trousers from Target. Over time, I began to realize that if I wanted to perform better and feel more comfortable, I needed to invest a little bit more in my workout wardrobe. The good news: There are tons of great options out there, from Old Navy to Champion, that have technical gear at lower price points.

Rather than buy six-packs of T-shirts every month, I started to accrue a collection of gear that lasted the washing machine test, and also made me feel more confident when the workout began.

6. Reward yourself for the small wins.

When I started my weight-loss journey, I didn’t set out and say “I want to lose 70 pounds.” Rather, I set smart (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goals that helped me go in the right direction. For instance, a goal like “I want to drink three bottles of water every day before 6 pm.”

If I made it through two weeks of this goal, I would take some time to celebrate the positive progress, whether that be with a trip to the local mall or simply setting aside some “me” time to take an extra long walk come the weekend.

When the journey is long, the small wins are what keep your tank fueled up and help you stay motivated for more.

7. You will not be perfect.

How many times have you told yourself “OK, today I’m going to have a good day of eating,” and then a few bites of a chocolate bar later, you feel as though you’ve completely blown it? Listen, we’ve all be there.

Here’s the thing: That all-or-nothing mentality isn’t going to do you any good. Have some grace with the idea that from time to time, things aren’t going to go as planned.

There will be slip-ups. Rather than get angry and throw your hands up in the air, be proud of yourself for prioritizing your own wellness in the first place. Every single second, you have an opportunity to start with a clean slate.

8. Water really is your Best friend.

I have never been “good” at drinking water. I don’t particularly love the taste of it and making sure to get enough felt like a total struggle. Alas, H20 accounts for 75% of our body-or about 11 gallons or 92 pounds inside a 155-pound person-and is essential to every cell.

When I made getting healthier a priority, I started downing at least six glasses each day. With that, I started to notice a real difference. I felt better, my skin looked better, and I performed well when it came to my regular workouts, staving off that ever-annoying headache that likely was a result of previous dehydration.

9. The mental transformation is just as important as the physical.

Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey
The mental transformation is just as important as the physical

Honestly, I’m still working on my inner dialogue and being kinder to myself. When a big transformation happens on the outside, it’s important to take the time to really think about who it is that you are, what’s important to you, and who you want to be going forward.

me as a self-proclaimed forever work in progress, I find that regular journaling and making time to reflect on my feelings helps me stay grounded.

I will never forget about the teenage boy who had trouble finding jeans that fit standing in his local mall. But I know, now, that she’s not who I am anymore.

10. If you want lasting, permanent change, it’s about your lifestyle.

This is something I can’t stress enough. No amount of exercise will help you against a bad diet.

Remember how you feel once you hit your weight goal. Returning to that feeling of pride and happiness will empower you to continue to make healthy decisions going forward.

Lose Weight Wisely: 10 Habits to Ditch on Your Journey
If you want lasting, permanent change, it’s about your lifestyle

This makes maintenance easier, and helps you keep a level head when it comes to the occasional overindulgent meal or streak of exercise-free days. We want to focus on lasting changes and better health for years to come.

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