• Michael Mclaren

3 Traits To Any Successful Weight Loss Goal

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

As someone who’s own weight has been up and down, up and down, up and down over the last few years, I’ve felt pretty hopeless at times. 🙄


Yeah, I could get myself to a position where I felt comfortable and a lot more confident, but there was always that nagging doubt that ending up back at square one was inevitable.


Nobody likes feeling that they’re not in control, especially when it comes to our own health and wellbeing.


So I wanted to do a post on 3 traits that have helped me massively to feel like I’m back in control, and that nothing is left to chance when it comes to my own weight, health and fitness. 🙏🏼



1️⃣ Awareness

We’ve all had days when we just CANNOT be bothered.


Whether that’s to cook, or to exercise, or to plan ahead. 🤦🏼‍♂️Sometimes it’s easy to brush them off as just “one of those days”.


However.. When it comes to losing weight, improving health, or just generally trying to improve how you feel, everything is connected.


From your diet to your exercise regime. From your general activity levels to your quality of sleep. They will all influence each other over time.


So when you do have one of “those days”, I always find it helpful to switch on to any potential causes.Have I been sleeping well? Eating anything out of the ordinary? Exercising a bit more intensely? Had a lot more to do at work?


This is something I practice a lot. Whenever I’m struggling through a day with energy, mood etc. I’m always looking for a link. A potential cause. Of course this isn’t about trying to prevent these days all together. I feel it’s about minimising them. Or at the very least, increasing the feeling of control by giving you some kind of reasoning.


2️⃣ Taking Responsibility

In other words, accepting responsibility for your decisions.


Sometimes our external environment can make it more difficult. Whether it’s meeting friends at a bar when you’re trying to cut down on your alcohol intake, or your plans to go for that evening walk being made more difficult by the weather.


Ultimately, you’re the one who makes the final decision.I’ve experienced some seriously extreme dieting in the last couple of years.


Through which I had to learn pretty quickly that that was the case. Yeah, I was hungry. I was craving all sorts!


Walking through a freshly stocked Tesco bakery aisle, 18 weeks into this diet, was, for want of a better word, shit. 😰


But in the end, it was 100% my decision, as to whether or not I had one. It’s still something I’m such a massive believer of today.


This isn’t necessarily about the decision itself. For me, it’s about realising that there is one to make!


Going back to the first example. If you want to go for a walk but the weather is AWFUL. Don’t blame the weather. It’s not about “I was going to go, BUT…”


Try to realise that it’s ALWAYS your decision to make. Our surroundings might not always help or make it easy for us, but, it’s still our responsibility, and we’re still in control.


3️⃣ Proactivity


Imagine.. You can’t go to the gym as planned this evening because somethings come up at work.. How would you feel?


Maybe frustrated? Maybe, feel like you have to “make up for it” by going twice tomorrow?


It’s my ambition, to help everyone get to a point where situations like this, DON’T result in this feeling, or any similar feeling.


My biggest mistake in all my years of working on my health and fitness, was being too reactive. Like in the example above.I always encourage some form of proactivity.


Just being aware of what’s ahead. Being mindful of any potential obstacles, and making decisions based on them. This isn’t about worrying for what is ahead either, it’s just about taking notice of it.



That’s 3 things that for me, will not only help anyone achieve their goals (lose weight, become healthier, feel more energetic etc.), but help you to feel a lot more relaxed and at ease about the whole process.


Do you find yourself struggling with your own weight loss goals?


Reach out.


Use the messenger icon in the corner to get in touch, and get the help you want.


Speak soon,


Michael




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