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In  today’s post we provide several tips on ‘How to boost weight loss this summer’.  Are you one of the many who began the year with great goals for weight loss?  Did you discover that by March you were off target but restarted your engine?  Now that it is June the majority of those who wanted ‘bikini fit’ bodies for summer have fallen short.  Be not dismayed if you are in this group.  The following tips are for you.

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Determine the Who, Why, What, How of your weight loss program.

Who. Do you wish to reach a certain size for personal or public reasons?  Why. Do you want to wear a certain size for a special event or is your health at risk? What. How much do you want to lose and over what period of time? How.  Do you have a plan of action?

ONE. Love the body you are in.  You are an attractive, fabulous and awesome individual. People come in all sizes: tall, short, thin, fat.  We are not one size fits all.  Imagine what a boring world this would be if we all looked just alike.  Moreover our uniqueness and individuality would be lost.  So love yourself just as you are.

TWO.  Now that you are no longer trying to meet someone else’s standard or idea of beauty, why do you want to lose weight.  Is it to look better, feel better, improve health or overall fitness?  Once you determine your reason/purpose for weight loss you are better prepared to move ahead toward attaining your goal.

THREE.  How many times have you begun a weight loss program?  How many times did you quit mid-stream?  How many times did you reach your weight loss goal, then regain more than was lost?  If you answered yes to any of these questions you probably were dieting instead of making a lifestyle change.

FOUR.  Develop plan of action.  Record plan.  Write  down what you intend to accomplish.  Include target weight, date for completion, activities to achieve target.  Include road-marks to check and measure progress.

EVALUATE.  Periodically check progress.  If on target celebrate.  If not revise, revamp, and/or modify plan.

In summary, support your achievements.  Don’t minimize failures, rather look at them as indicators of a need to modify or change your plan. Remember that long term weight loss and maintenance requires a lifestyle change.  Therefore your plans must include ideas that you are comfortable with maintaining on an  on-going basis. Daily exercise should be a part of your plan.  Our bodies need it.  Walking is an exercise available to most  and is economical.

Take charge of your life.  Incorporate daily exercise, healthy eating and a love of yourself regardless of your physical image.  You are now on the road to becoming the best you, you can be.

Although the following video is regarding the life story of a teenager, the principles apply to others as well.
Take action today.  Begin the journey to the best you, you can be.
Wishing you much success.  Theresa Newell


About the Author

Theresa was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Fall 2009.

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