My Failed Attempt At Losing Weight and What I’ve Learned

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My Failed Attempt At Losing Weight and What I’ve Learned

Key Points

  1. Information is useless if you do not use it to create something actionable.
  2. Setting a goal is not enough. That goal has to be able to be broken down.
  3. There will be missteps, just make adjustments as you go.

I am a professional information gatherer.

Want proof? Look at All my tabs in this screen shot writing this. I closed a few before I took this.

I have files on my computer ranging from Fitness, to Diy Sriracha Chickpea recipes. I am a personal trainer and former college athlete. How can I fail to lose weight and exercise? If you believe that I have not struggled stop reading here, we will never see eye to eye.

All the information in the world means nothing if it is not actionable.

You have heard these words before in business right? It is better to put out a good product than 0% of the perfect product. While there is no “perfect” weight loss plan. I wanted to lose weight after college. I wanted the fastest most effective method out there, yesterday.

Between you and me, I tried:

  • Cutting Sugar and sweets
  • Cutting out fatty foods
  • Eating only certain foods
  • Calorie Counting
  • Weighing all my food with a scale
  • Carb cycling
  • The list goes on..

Some of these things worked. For a little bit. Then I watched that scale number start to edge back up.

I was doing all the wrong things.

In high school I was on the right track. I lost 1-2lbs a week every week for months. That is phenomenal for weight loss! (One pound a week is 52 pounds in a year). This time around I was looking for a quick fix, not the real solution to my problem.

What I should have been doing

I was making things more complicated than I should have. I’ve spoken about building your own fitness program and setting goals before. The most important part of the process is setting a goal! When I set a goal I broke a couple rules too;

  • I did not set a realistic goal (I was thinking short term, losing fat as fast as possible)
  • I set an outcome goal and not a behavior goal.

We will talk more about outcome and behavior goals later. For now all you need to know is, I was focusing on the outcome, and not the things that I could actually control. If you’re ever afraid of starting something break it down into small steps. If you’re still afraid, then you need to break down your goals into even smaller steps.

What I did to get back on track

I refocused my goals (I initially lost a few pound but few). I committed to something strict that would help me lose weight rapidly. Why?, My body has broken down from all the injuries I sustained in college. I wanted to get some stress off of my knees fast. I set a two part goal; something I hated, to something that would be sustainable. In actuality I have seen more consistent progress from the second goal.

The end result?

I have built a more sustainable approach to my fitness and goal setting. My short term goals were superficial. They helped me get through a couple workouts. My long term goal is more powerful.

I want to take care of myself. One day I want to run, jump around and play with my grand kids. I cannot do those things (and carry my wife on my back) if I do not stay consistent and eat right.

What to do now:

  1. Set a goal- Make sure you break it down into small attainable steps. Can you lose 15 pounds in 15 days? doubtful but you can move in the right direction.
  2. Decide what you are willing to give up. What is more important to you? If you want to lose a lot of weight fast you can do that if you are willing to use strict methods. You just need to ask yourself if you can keep it up over the long run.
  3. Adjust- Everyone has missteps. When something seems to slip up on you, do not panic. Assess, develop a new plan of action and then keep moving toward your goals.

Set a goal today! If you want some help with this reach out to me. No obligation, free of charge. I like helping people. Giver’s gain right?

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