My New Weight in a Few Numbers!
Get Ready to Be Precise...
Chapter 1: My New Me in Pictures - My Weight
Yes, this is Day 4 and ooh boy, time is flying!
I bet you lost some weight already because in your mind, you are already changing. You are shopping and eating differently. You know what makes you gain weight, be honest!
Your self-vision is brilliant, your enthusiasm level is very high. There has been no plateau nor frustrations yet. This is the "set - up your goals" week. You are getting ready at the gate. Remember I told you that the mindset you have will make you succeed. There must be no mention of the past failures anymore. You wrote them (if not go back to the newsletter I sent yesterday) and you decided to move on.
Now, I want you to have proper, in great condition, and precise scales at home to monitor your weight loss. I also want you to have a measuring tape.
Monitoring your weight loss is very important, But before you start, remember this:
- Weight varies over the day (a few pounds)
- What if you just drank 16 oz of water? Yes, it will show on the scales
- Stress can make you gain weight, even if you control your food
- Your periods may add a few pounds
- A new medication can impact your metabolism
- A high carbohydrate/boozy dinner can make you also gain a few pounds overnight
- A salty dinner can make you gain a few pounds (of water), just like that...
Weight Varies all the Time, Just Stay Focused on the Big Picture Trend
We will ask you to weigh in every day - highly recommended - or at least once a week. Create a ritual. I recommend daily at least initially for the first 4 weeks.
- You need to learn how your eating behaviors and choices impact your weight.
- But you also need to learn the mysteries of your body as stated above. It can take a few days before weight gain, or weight loss, shows up on the scales.
- If you have a body composition scale that describes "fat" versus "water", you will learn that what matters most is FAT LOSS, but initially, especially when you cut sugar and starches, or carbohydrates, you will lose mostly WATER.
- You will also discover if carbohydrates, alcohol and sweets in general make you gain weight faster than anything else. This is very important. Yes, it can make you gain a few pounds overnight (more to come on SUGAR in Chapter 2)
Write Your Weight Goals in Details in Your Diary and Start a Tracking System (See Cheat Sheets You Can Print in Your Special CogniDiet Website Section)
You do not have to track all this but certainly total weight, waist (in inches) and hips (in inches) must be followed:
- Weight (and fat composition, if your scales offer that) every day, at the same time (usually after having been to the restroom) and preferably naked. Make it a ritual.
- Waist and hips and anything else you want to measure as well should be done once a week or at least once a month.
- Also, learn to feel how you get into your usual clothes (pants at the waist, bra cups etc.)
Have goals for the week, the month, the next 6 months and 12 months.
The most successful and long lasting weight loss is slow; one to two pounds a week but at the beginning it will be more impressive. I had clients losing 10 pounds the first week (mostly water).
Remember that if you were unable to lose 10 pounds over the last 5 years and keep them off, you are not going to lose 30 or 50 pounds without serious work and commitment.
This is why I always encourage my clients to think in small steps. One pound at a time. Before you know it you will have lost 10, 20 pounds and then more.
This is you, happy at the beach, celebrating your multiple victories. Remember that being happy and grateful is key to make your brain happy! A happy brain does usually not crave food.
SO TODAY: BUILD YOUR WEIGHT LOSS TRACKING SYSTEM! and GET YOUR BASELINE MEASURES!
With Love, Veronique