Today is Feb. 29, 2016. It is Leap Day. The next Feb. 29, will be here in four short years, which is just 1,460 days away.
It is very possible to lose 10, 20, 50, 100 or even 200 pounds slowly, comfortably and methodically in 1,460 days. And, your odds of keeping the weight off permanently are significantly increased!
We didn’t gain all of our weight overnight, so why should we expect to lose it overnight. For most of us it has been a lifetime accomplishment to become as heavy as we are now. J
Losing weight as fast as we can does not make sense. Yo Yo dieting is debilitating and causes people to lose confidence. We must change our habits and behavior over time to have a chance at maintaining a healthy weight for life.
If speedy weight loss diets worked, then 90 percent of dieters wouldn’t gain all of their weight back in 3 years.
So, consider a long-term, permanent lifetime plan instead. This plan will require making a few changes, but it might be a little easier than you think with practice.
Here are my 3 GOLDEN RULES OF BECOMING SKINNY AND DEBT FREE FOREVER:
- IF YOU LOSE WEIGHT, DO NOT GAIN IT BACK.
- IF YOU CHANGE HOW YOU EAT, CHANGE IT FOREVER.
- THE LONGER YOU REMAIN OVERWEIGHT, THE HIGHER THE RISK AND EXPENSE OF POOR HEALTH.
Last week, I went to Barnes and Noble and noticed that there was a table of the most recent, hottest diets.
There were about 30 or so diet books on the table. Each one of them said its diet was the best and the fastest. Some of these diet books included Paleo, Intermittent fasting, wheat belly, low glycemic eating, low carb, low fat, Vegan, metabolic resetting, 5 days 5 pounds, 12 weeks to goal and, my personal favorite, the Virgin Diet.
What the diet industry is trying to do to you has nothing to do with being a virgin! Actually, it is quite the opposite.
Around the corner on the main diet shelves, there were more than 50 other diet books with even more approaches. However, each one shared a common theme: This diet is different, and it works the best and the fastest—emphasis on fastest.
Reflecting on my life, I was more than likely a chubby fetus, definitely a husky child, and a little more overweight than I needed to be for much of my adult life.
For those of you who are like me, you know what to do, I promise. You have read dozens of diet books and tried numerous diets. So, all you need to do is determine which concepts work best for you and get started.
My blog is meant to motivate and help you lose weight gradually, build new habits and keep the weight off forever. Please follow me, and my 100 tips I will be laying out.
I have lost more than 20 pounds since before the last leap year, and I have kept the weight off. It is not easy, but it can be done. If I can do it, you can do it.
Weight loss tip 19 of 100: Read Skinny and Debt Free blog posts every week and lose weight and debt permanently.
Feb. 29 is the perfect day to make that “leap” into a permanent lifetime plan.
Here are our other steps so far:
- Cut your weight loss goal in half.
- Weigh yourself every day on a digital scale.
- Self-esteem is more important than cookies and cream.
- Eat slowly! Eat very slowly!
- Eat in the sitting position only.
- Record all of your food and exercise daily in a free app like MyFitnessPal.
- The net calorie rules period, end of story.
- NEVER, ever go on a diet again. Just allow yourself to lose weight.
- Observe, learn and practice eating like a naturally thin person..
- Always leave food on your plate.
- Take a 10-minute daily mental vacation.
- Say daily affirmations.
- Create Vivid Visualizations.
- Have a line in the sand weight you never go over.
- If your weight creeps up to your line in the sand weight, COMPENSATE IMMEDIATELY.
- It is okay to be mind fullor mindful when you eat. Just eat your food slowly, and do not eat too much.
- You and only you are the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of your own body.
- Always be proud and thankful for your miraculous body no matter what the size.
- Read Skinny and Debt Free blog posts every week and lose weight and debt permanently.
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Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free.
Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.