How to Get Healthy and Lose Weight

This is a mini-series I am doing about getting healthy and losing weight.  My goal is not to provide the details about what to eat or what to do for exercise.  Instead, I want to give you the 30,000 foot view, which will give you insights about the bigger picture.  These are some things I have found helpful on my weight loss journey.

I must tell you I am not a doctor, therefore, I am not providing specific weight loss advice.  You should get that information from your doctor.  The information I am going to share with you is really geared for your MINDSET and beliefs when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight.  I personally believe that your mindset and belief system are a HUGE factor in losing weight or getting healthy.  If you can’t get your THINKING and BELIEFS right, I know you will struggle to reach your health and weight loss goals and to form new habits.

We’re going to briefly cover the five steps to success (as I see it).  I will write about each step briefly on this page.  I will also do a separate blog post providing more information about each step.  I hope you find it helpful.

Step # 1: Plan Out Your Meals & Exercise Regimen Each Week

The first lesson in this series is to plan out your exercise regimen and meals each week.  I learned a long time ago that if you don’t plan things out, they will seldom happen.  In the Army, we are taught that failing to plan is planning to fail.  As a result, we develop a plan for everything.  We do risk assessments, mission analysis, write OPORDs, have meetings and so much more.  We even create contingency plans for our regular plans.

Yet, when it comes to our own health many of us don’t have a plan.  We kind of take each day as it goes and as a result, we don’t always get the results we want.  I can speak from personal experience.  I am by nature a planner and doer, but for many YEARS I planned out everything in my life BUT my own health regimen.  Hard to believe, but it’s true.  Read the rest of the article.

Step # 2: Create  a Daily Routine

We are all creatures of habit.  Most people love routines.  They need order in their life.  I know I do.  This routine or order keeps them happy, on point, productive, and on track.

I’ve found that most people are in shape, or out of shape, because of their habits and routine.  You see, no one gets out of shape overnight.  And no one gets in shape overnight either.  Both of these things take time to happen.  Ultimately, it’s what we do each day that will determine whether we end up fat or healthy. It’s our daily routine that matters most.

My goal for the rest of this article is to help you establish a daily routine that will help you get healthy.  These are some simple tips you can follow to create habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle.  Read the rest of the article.

Step # 3: Track Your Progress

One of the most valuable lessons I learned in the Army was the importance of tracking your progress every single day.  I am a big believer in having clear goals, a solid action plan, and then a simple way to track your progress day in and day out.

Before I go into too much detail on how to do this, I should share a story with you.  My wife and I both love professional football. We get excited every Sunday to watch the games, see the hard hits and watch the fierce competition. One of the things I like most about professional football is the stats.

They literally keep stats for everything.  There are stats for tackles, fumbles, throwing yards, rushing yards, sacks and just about EVERY thing you can imagine.  These stats are used as benchmarks.  Players can compare their stats with other people on their team, or in the league, to see how they are performing.  They can also compare stats week to week or season to season.  Read the rest of the article.

Step # 4: Celebrate Your Success

Today, we are going to talk about the fourth lesson in this mini-series.  I want to talk to you today about the importance of celebrating your success.  I learned a long time ago that if you’re going to take the time to set goals and work hard that it makes sense to celebrate your achievements as you go.  What fun would life (or work) be if you never took a moment to celebrate your victories?

When it comes to getting healthy, you should definitely celebrate your success.  Nope, I’m not talking about eating five gallons of ice cream right after you lose ten pounds either.  I’m talking about doing something special for yourself to celebrate your progress. Read the rest of the article.

Step # 5: Staying the Course

Perseverance is one of my favorite words.  It’s such a sexy word.  It gets thrown around a lot, yet few people REALLY understand the significance of it.  Persevering is really hard to do at times, but the payoff is huge.  When it comes to accomplishing anything significant in life you will face endless setbacks and temporary defeat.  It’s your ability to OVERCOME these things and stick with your original decision that matter most.  That’s where perseverance comes in handy.

Study anyone who has done anything significant in life and you will see that the word perseverance is a very important word in their vocabulary.  In most cases, they have struggled and failed temporarily for a very long time UNTIL they reached their goal. And it’s only because they stuck with it that they became successful.  Read the rest of the article.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are five tips to help you lose weight and get healthy.  While they don’t cover the details about what you should eat and what you should do for exercise, these tips are designed to teach you about the bigger picture and help you get your thinking and beliefs right.

I would love to hear your thoughts.  What is your favorite tip on this page? Which tips resonates with you the most?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

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