One of my favor activities in life is meditation. Meditating, after gathering different information, helps me to see thinks clearly. My continue education, studies, research and my life experiences have gave many answers to my struggles. As I was meditating, one of the things that I noticed is that many of us want to see prompt results in many areas of our life without investing time effort and dedication. We engage in buying lottery tickets to have money, in surgical procedure to have an attractive body, in buying pesticides to grow food faster, etc…
The reality is that nothing of these results are real. Simply because we have bad habits and soon enough we will lose it all and pay the consequences of our easy way of getting to our goal.
Some of us have the tendency to think that we are successful because of the end result which can be an illusion. The real success of having money, an attractive body, united family, etc., is the time, dedication, effort and passion we invested to get to the end results.
Same way we have the tendency to think about the weight loss approach. We concentrate so much in losing weight that we stop focusing in the real matter. Dieting, pills, surgeries, hormones and others are easy ways to lose weight. The real matter is that, as explained above, we are going to regain the lost weight. What will help us to lose weight and keep off forever, which is more important, it is the process of changing our lifestyle to a healthier lifestyle.
Ones we understand this, we can measure success on a variety of levels. Here are some areas that we can focus on changing to see long lasting weight loss results:
- Exercise at least 3 times a week
- Eat breakfast
- Lower you meat intake
- Increase vegetables and fruits consumption
- Eat real food (organic). Don’t eat GMOs
- Think why are you eating and eat in respond of hunger (and ones in a while for the taste of it, why not?)
- Limited alcohol beverage to, I will say to zero, but do the best you can.
- Don’t over eat, but satisfy your hunger
- Increase your muscle mass
- Drink lots of water and avoid all added sugar or any sweetness, including aspartame, drinks. The body only needs water as liquid nutrient.
- Smile and enjoy life!
Even though is only one suggestion that you change and keep it for all your life, it will help you to get to your goal. However, the more suggestions you work on, the more results you will see. And this is success. When we start working on our habits and do the best we can to change them to better ones. Then the scale number will decrease without getting frustrating about results. What good it does if we restrict any of our negative habits to go back to them later again?
The process is what matters and we should enjoy it! Ones I heard that we only have one life. It is the most precious thing we have. Therefore, we need to live it with dignity and giving the best of us every moment. Make sure you enjoy your meal, masticate it and take your time tasting foods, exercise in a place that you like. Walk, run, hike, weight lift in places that you enjoy. Weight loss is a process not a regiment. Once again enjoy it!