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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Losing Weight
OK, now that you know all of the best tips for eating to lose weight the lazy way, let’s look at other ways you can lazy daisy your way to getting a bit more healthy.
1. Don’t Run a Marathon
That’s right. We are officially giving you permission to NOT run a marathon if you don’t want to. Nothing kills the desire to exercise more than doing something you don’t want to do. However, you do need to implement some exercise into your routine. There are lots of ways to do this. First, do something you love. Even if it’s just playing soccer ever Sunday with your kids or your friends, that’s a great start. You can dance in your living room or take a nice walk with your neighbor every afternoon. Whatever it is, make it something you like to do. Then do it as often as you can. It’s that simple. No rules, no expensive equipment, no gym to drive to. Just do something you love as often as you can. That’s an exercise plan everyone can stick to!
2. Don’t Weigh Yourself
If you want to get discouraged, weighing yourself every day, or even every week, is a sure way to do it. You should focus more on eating more healthy foods and moving as much as you can, not on that number on the scale. Really.
3. Take Baby Steps
Don’t try to do too much at one time, that is a recipe for disaster. Depending on just how lazy you love being, you can make one change each week or one each month. Write out some of the changes you would like to make that you feel you would actually do. Perhaps write one change each week (or month) somewhere prominent so that you can see it to remind yourself. If you forget one day, don’t worry, just start again the next day. Baby steps will eventually add up to cover large distances over time.
4. Try New Get Togethers
Ever notice how many of our get-togethers with friends or dates involve food? We go out to dinner, or have appetizers and drinks or go out for ice cream or coffee and cake? Why not try to do something different? Instead of going out to dinner with your friends, why not invite them to go for a walk? Or to come over to your house for a game of Twister? Instead of coffee and cake, you could go to a yoga class or even just go to the park for a walk then watch the kids play on the swings? Take your dogs to the dog park or play on the playground equipment yourself! Anything that keeps you from mindlessly eating and/or gets you moving is a great plan!
5. Think Positive
If you think you can’t do it, you won’t, that’s the truth. Our subconscious minds have a funny way of listening to (and believing) everything that we say. If you say that you will never lose weight, that you will always be fat, or that you gain back every pound you lose within a few months, all those things will come true. So start thinking that this IS possible, because it is. You aren’t lying to yourself, you are stating a fact. If you were locked in a room with only water and no food, you would lose weight after a while, so it’s not that you can’t lose weight, it’s that you believe that you can’t lose weight. When you think you can’t lose weight, you sabotage yourself so that this comes true. You stop exercising because “it doesn’t work for you,” you start eating potato chips rather than grapes because “you could gain weight drinking water.” Stop all that negative self-talk and talk to yourself the way you would talk to a good friend.