5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help You Lose Weight! (That Do Not Involve Food or Exercise)

Posted on 06. Sep, 2011 by in Get Motivated, Lifestyle

 

What if I told you that the best thing you could do to lose weight, was to NOT try to lose weight.

You would probably assume that I am just bullshitting you, but hear me out.

Most of us constantly want to do, do, do, and do some more.  We stress out and only make it harder on ourselves.  We set the goal of losing weight, and then we weigh ourselves twice-a-day, every day.  We let the goal of shedding each pound take over our entire thought process.  Too often these thoughts consume us and affect us in negative ways.

Getting caught up in daily measurements or spending long hours evaluating your body in front of the mirror is incredibly stressful.  The stress causes you to hold on to excess weight and prevents you from fully enjoying your life.  I would rather that you do NOTHING AT ALL, then to be successful at losing weight, but have to obsess about it every minute of the day.

There is only so much eating right and exercising that you can do.  You quickly reach a point where the best thing you can do is ignore the weight loss and live the rest of your life.

As someone who has had my fair share of struggles losing weight, I know this isn’t always as easy as it sounds.  You want to do something right NOW that will get you closer to the body of your dreams and focusing on other things just doesn’t satisfy that need.

That is why I came up with these 5 things.

These are 5 things you can incorporate into your lifestyle RIGHT NOW to help you lose weight and get in shape that don’t involve eating, working out, or obsessive behavior.

 

1) Set Better Goals

“Reasons come first, answers come second.”  -Tony Robbins

Show me a person who is unmotivated, and I will show you a person with terrible goals!  If you haven’t taken the time to write down your goals lately, then do so NOW!  Our brains are incredibly powerful, but only when we give ourselves specific direction.  Once you clearly define WHY you want to achieve something, you WILL find a way to accomplish it.

Getting skinny is NOT a goal.

Losing 40 lbs in the next 6 months while enjoying the process, is a goal.

Waking up on a daily basis with energy and passion, is a goal.

Squatting twice your body weight, or dominating your local pickup basketball league, or fitting in a dress that you haven’t worn since high school, are all great goals.

Whatever your goals are, it must come from a place of passion, and it must be written in a way that motivates you to take action!  Once you begin to set goals and take action, you will create momentum, and momentum will become an unstoppable force in all areas of your life.

 

2) Make Yourself Accountable!

I truly believe that no matter how successful you are in your life, you can always use help from others.  SELF-MOTIVATION WILL ONLY TAKE YOU SO FAR.  You must make yourself accountable to others.

Talk to your friends and family and let them know the results you plan to achieve with your body.  Let them know that they need to do whatever they can to keep you on track.  Make a bet with a friend or coworker to see who can lose the most weight.  Start a 30, 60, or 90 day challenge and set consequences for not achieving your goals within a specific time frame.  Announce to the world through a blog that you won’t settle for your life the way you are currently living it!  

The idea is to bring others along with you so they can enjoy your success instead of standing in your way.  By being open with others and making it a competition, you take away a lot of the negative feelings that are associated with losing weight.

Make a phone call, send an email, or write a post NOW that will hold you accountable to the people you care about.

 

3) Find a New Sport or Activity to Play

What sport or activity have you wanted to do for a while, but haven’t gotten around to trying it yet?  Maybe it’s rock climbing, dancing, paddleboarding, surfing, or yoga.

Take the time NOW to figure out when and where you can do it.

Schedule a class or lesson to give it a shot.  Look into adult recreation leagues in your area. You’d be surprised to learn how many adult, co-ed leagues are going on and what kind of sports you can enjoy with friends. Sports like volleyball, flag football, softball, basketball, and soccer.

The goal is to get you out of your comfort zone to try something new and to enjoy the social aspect that comes along with so many great activities.

When you have something you truly enjoy doing, one that forces you to use your body in new ways, it will motivate you to take your health to the next level.  And the best part, it won’t feel like boring old exercise, it’s PLAY!

 

4) Prioritize

“Lack of time is really a lack of priorities” – Tim Ferriss

Stress can keep you from your goals even when you’re diet and fitness are nearly flawless.  One of the biggest sources of stress comes from feeling like there’s not enough time in the day to do the things you want to accomplish.  The problem isn’t that we have too much to do and not enough time to do it.  The problem is a lack of priorities.  We try to convince ourselves that everything is urgent and important.

When we have an endless list of to-do’s, it creates an overwhelming feeling that prevents us from taking action on any of them.  Most things that we spend time worrying about just aren’t as important as we make them out to be.

An easy solution is to write down all the to-do’s you have running around in your head, so you can get them out of your head and on paper.  Pick the 1-3 most important things that you can get done NOW, or first thing in the morning, and forget about the rest.  Knock out those important things first thing every day, and only worry about the other things if you can take immediate action on them.

 

5) Sleep

Sleep is the one thing that everybody knows they should be doing, but no one ever takes the time to do it.  We hear so many times about the importance of sleep that we forget that we actually have to sleep in order to benefit from it.

You should be sleeping 8-9 hours per night in a completely pitch black room.

If you are finding that there isn’t enough time in the day to sleep that much, then you either have a newborn child or you need to go back to step 4 and prioritize your day.  Sleep is like a multiplier that can either take your health and fitness to the next level, or completely stop you in your tracks.

Most supplements can’t even compare to the results that you will get from sleeping better.  Take advantage of the cheapest and most effective supplement the world has to offer, and decide to get more sleep every night.

 

Now stop reading, turn off your computer, and take control of your health.  Rewrite your goals, prioritize your day, set up a competition with a friend, or get out in play.  Or if its late at night, or your simply exhausted, don’t be afraid to turn off your computer and get some much needed rest.

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