In October, it will be one year since beginning my weight loss journey. This journey, while not over, has lead me to losing 40 lbs. Many days it is still hard to believe that I am succeeding in achieving my weight loss goals because for so long it seemed like an impossible feat. However, I pushed through the numerous challenges, and triumph to victory.
Now as I reflect back over this past year I want to share more about the steps I took to reach this destination.
This post is the first in a series that will discuss the process I went through in getting on track to living a healthier life and ultimately losing weight.
Step 1. Assessment
To get where you need to go first you need to know where you are at.
What does that mean?
Well it means dust off the scale, put fresh batteries in, step on it, open your eyes, and look down. See that number well that is your current weight.
Next, plug those numbers, along with your height, into a BMI (body mass index) calculator. Body mass index is a calculation that uses your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. Keep in mind it is just an estimate. However, unless you are a bodybuilder it does gives you a good idea of where you are at in relation to height and weight. I found this to be very helpful when putting together my weight loss goals.
Lastly, go get the measuring tape and take all your measurements.
Of course for a more in-depth medical assessment I recommend a trip to your doctor. However, don’t use scheduling a doctor’s appointment as another excuse. You can do all of this beforehand to get started prior to seeing your doctor.
Everything should only take about 10 minutes.
Obviously stepping on a scale and taking measurements is easier said than done. I know this first step was really hard for me considering I spent years doing my best to avoid the scale along with anything else that would remind me of the weight I needed to lose.
However, this first step is a critical one and should not be ignored or avoided. I strongly feel that I would not have been able to successfully create goals and a plan to reach them if I did not know what my starting point was.
Step 2. Acceptance
Denial is a fierce defense mechanism that can and will sabotage any healthy living or weight loss effort. I know that being faced with “the numbers” can be frightening and discouraging but to move forward it is important to be honest with yourself.
Accept what the scale has to say.
In fact say it out loud and even tell people. For me speaking openly about my weight instantly gave me back the control I clearly lost along time ago.
Learning and accepting where you currently are with your weight is not easy. However, think of it this way, once you begin your weight loss journey you will never see that number again.
The next post in this series will discuss ways to successfully commit and stick to your weight loss plan.
Have you struggled with assessing and accepting your current weight numbers? Do you have any tips to make these steps easier?