Three Simple Steps for Weight LossArticle posted in: Nutrisystem
The great entrepeneur and speaker Jim Rohn once said “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you: Not much.” It’s true. You have to have a plan. But the thing is, plans take work. You need to sit down and think about what your goal is, what you want, and then you need to devise a course of action to help you reach it. It sounds daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. If your goal is to lose weight, you know that you need to eat properly, get some exercise and tap into your social connections for support and motivation. Here are three simple steps for weight loss success that you can take this Sunday to devise a fool-proof plan to reach your goal. Call it your success plan.
1. Schedule, schedule, schedule
This is how your success plan starts: Take 30 quiet minutes to sit down with a planner in front of you. It should include all of your activities and responsibilities for the upcoming week, everything from work deadlines and meetings to kids’ activities and driving chores. If you know and internalize everything coming at you this week, you’ll have fewer surprises and curve balls thrown at you, surprises that can lead to stress, which can lead to stress eating or bad decisions that can throw you off your plan. Be sure the schedule includes time for some fun movement like a walk with a friend or a trip to the gym. If it’s written down as a task you have to achieve, chances are good that you’ll take it as seriously as those meetings and work deadlines. And if you know you’re having dinner with friends, you’ll be able to check the restaurant’s menu online to see what you can eat to stay on-program.
2. Plan Your Menus and Shop for Success
One of the many beautiful things about the Nutrisystem program is knowing in advance what you can eat, and when you can eat it. This Sunday, as part of your success plan, jot down a menu plan for the whole week, being as specific as possible about shakes, snacks, and entrees, but knowing full well you have the flexibility to have barbecued chicken and beans one night rather than a hamburger if that’s what you’re in the mood for. After all, your cupboards and maybe your freezer are filled with good Nutrisystem food. Then, with that weekly menu in hand, head to the grocery store to stock up on a week’s worth of the vegetables and lean proteins you’ll need to round out the food you have at home. Look for nutrient-dense vegetables like spinach and watercress (watch this #VeggieSexy video about how to prepare spinach), and be sure to buy some frozen fruit to add to Nutrisystem shakes to make delicious smoothies. With all that good food in your house, there’s no need to go off-plan.
3. Double Dip With Your Wingman
Remember summer camp, when the counselors assigned you a swim buddy? That special someone who always had your back, who brought out your best because she was expecting your best? Your swim buddy has grown up and is now your wingman, so as part of your success plan, call on her for support, and for a partner when you want to get some exercise. On Sunday, reach out to that special friend who understands you and what you’re going through, and make plans to get together during the week. Walking together is a great way to kill two birds with one stone: you’ll get some exercise, and you’ll be able to maintain the connection that’s so important in working toward your goal.