You have heard the adage: “plan your work and work your plan.” Every successful venture in life gets better results with good planning and this also applies to fat reduction, weight loss as well as management for healthy weight. Program yourself for success and PLAN.

Before you start any new weight loss or exercise plan, check with your doctor. You want to attain your desired weight goal in a healthy and safe manner. Changing your nutrition and exercise can place additional stress on the body. The body is saying “yea, I can finally detox and get healthy!” Keep your health care provider in the loop.

You need a goal. You must determine how much weight you want to lose. Once you have a solid goal in mind, it will make it all the easier to achieve.

Have you ever heard of a Vision Board? Take a small presentation board or you can use a piece of paper. Find a picture of yourself as a smaller size or cut out a picture of a slim woman from a magazine. Put this picture on the board. Cut out pictures of activities you like to do and put these on the board.

Think of all the benefits to attaining your healthy weight. Benefits could include increase mobility, being able to bend down to tie your shoes or cut your toe nails. Other benefits are more energy, being able t do more activities, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, reduce shortness of breath and chest pain episodes, decrease effects of stress and more. You fill in what this would mean to you. How about better self esteem, empowerment and ??

Write out a positive “I” statement. Examples: “I weight a slim __________.” “I eat satisfying meals.” “I am reaching my goal _______ easy and effortlessly.” Put a goal date and affirmations on your board.

One other word on setting goals. If you have a lot of weight to lose, consider slicing your goal in smaller pieces. It is very difficult to lose 50 or 100 pounds. It is much easier to lose 10 pounds. So plan your weight lose in 10 pound increments. That is 2 pounds per week for 5 weeks. Five weeks or 10 pounds can be a good reward point too. (That would be a non food reward point.) Just repeat the process until you attain your healthy weight goal.

Stand in front of a mirror and look at your body while visualizing how you want it to look.  It is also a good idea to take a photo of your body at the start of your weight loss program as we often forget the progress we make and looking back can be handy to offer encouragement at times when you feel like the going might be a little difficult.

In any case it always pays to get support where possible from professionals and even enlisting the support of your friends and family to help you with your goal to lose weight.

One other thing that is very important is to distance yourself from negative people and those who don’t offer you any support because there are always those around who don’t want to see others improve in their life.

Once you have set your goal and your support team you are well on your way to attaining and maintaining you weight loss and healthy weight goals.

Did you grab your free report on 5 Tips for Successful Weight Loss? It has some great tips, some motivation and even a form you can fill out to take to your doctor to help get you started.

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Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on healthy weight loss and other issues facing Baby Boomer Women.