As a weight loss coach, I see first-hand the power of pre-diet preparation. What is this pre-diet preparation I talk of? This is the step you take in the days leading up to your new eating plan that can determine your diet success.
So this week I’m going to go over a fun, (yes, I just said fun), 6 step plan to get you ready to hit a home run in the weight loss department. This will prepare you both emotionally and physically. And you’ll take steps before you begin to get yourself back on track if you falter. How’s that for being proactive in creating your own success?
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Ready to do things differently and finally get the results you’re looking for? Then be sure not to skip this. These diet pre-diet steps will address your vulnerabilities and help you create back-up plans before you fall.
So ready, set…let’s get ready for a diet victory!!!
Write a pre-diet love note…to yourself.
You’re probably feeling super motivated right now. That’s how I always felt on the first day or two of weight loss. But how are you gonna feel next week? Or what about a month from now? Eventually that initial burst of determination will waver.
And that is why it’s super important to be ultra clear about your why. What’s your goal? Why do you want this? Why do you need it at this exact time of your life. The more specific you can be as you write this down, the more helpful it will be to you later.
Keep this note someplace safe. You’re gonna come back to it whenever you’re having a moment of weakness.
Bring someone you trust and love closer!
People often turn to me as a weight loss coach for accountability. But if working with a coach isn’t a possibility for you, find someone in your life with whom you can share your aspirations. Make sure this is a safe person who will celebrate with you as you hit your goals and lovingly hold your hand when you hit a stumbling point.
In his book The ONE Thing, Gary Keller says that those who write down their goals and send progress reports to friends are immensely more likely to succeed in their intentions. Bringing someone else into the picture gives power to your plans and helps make them real. And once you’ve shared your plans with another, you will likely feel more accountable to yourself.
And if you don’t have a person you can depend upon, look towards finding a group for support. Do whatever you can beforehand to help you stay accountable pre-diet before things get difficult.
Fantasize about yourself eating
You might go to the store thinking, “starting next week, I’m gonna eat healthier!” But what does that mean?
Think about your week. Will you be eating on-the-go? Are you gonna be cooking a lot? Or do you need options you can quickly put together. And use this information to put together a meal plan. That way, you’ll be prepared with all the healthy foods you need as opposed to scrounging last second. And you won’t have to cheat because you don’t have anything that is “weight loss friendly” at the moment you’re starving. .
Discover your new favorites
You’ve had your entire life to determine all the unhealthy foods that you enjoy. How many fast food restaurants did you try before you realized that Jack in the Box makes your favorite burger? And how much pizza did you try before you realized that the joint down the street makes a mean slice?
So now let’s start applying some of that energy towards your healthy eating choices. Your long-term weight loss success depends on you discovering healthy choices that you enjoy.
This will be a process of trial and error. So think of some of the types of foods you enjoy. And then do a search to find some healthier ways to enjoy that type of food. This is a common-sense step that often gets overlooked.
Have a send-off party for all your old food
Put up decorations. Play some fun music. Invite people over. Do whatever you need to do to make this a festive occasion. Then get some big bags and throw in anything that’s going to tempt you.
Divide your booty into two bags. The first bag you’ll put things that aren’t in good shape. This will be things like your half-eaten egg rolls, your quarter container of half-fizzy soda and your leftover fried chicken from that BBQ last week. Throw that bag immediately in the garbage Place everything else in the second bag. That will be the box of cookies, your three cans of spaghetti-ohs and the pound of processed cheese you bought because it was a good sale.
Take the second bag to a food bank and pay the food forward. And throw some healthy food options into the donation bag to complete the good dead. Connect your good will towards others to your good intentions for yourself. And remember to treat yourself as well as you would anyone else who is in need.
Get a good night’s sleep before the big game
You can’t start your new diet by being exhausted. This will be disastrous for so many reasons.
When you’re exhausted, you’ll physically crave carbs and sugar to push you through the day. Not to mention, you’ll start your diet feeling dreadful and depleted. That’s certainly not going to help your efforts.
Go to bed early the night before. Start to dim the lights in your home at about 9 or 10 pm. Turn off the electronics. Do something soothing like take a bubble bath or light candles. Reward yourself and celebrate this journey you’re about to take. It can very well change your life for the better.
So get your pre-diet game on!!!
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- Help plan meals.
- Discover pitfalls before they hit
- Remember everything you’ll need for a weight loss victory before you need it
- Stay organized
- Plan for success
Do you have a special pre-diet ritual? Let me know in the comments below!