I'm not talking about that villain from the Austin Powers movies of a few years ago but, you must admit, he was really funny! I'm talking about a real MINI-ME, as in compared to what I weighed over 40 years ago. And today, I want to talk to you about a creating a well, MINI-YOU as you work to lose weight.
Don't let that BIG number get in the way of creating the MINI-you.
And how do you begin the process? Well, the problem for a lot of people at the weight-loss starting line is that they look at the final number they need to reach to achieve their weight-loss goals. Oh, I know, if you have 100 or more or even 50 pounds to lose, starting out, that number will look any-thing but "MINI." In fact, it may seem like a very daunting challenge. But don't let that BIG number get in the way of creating the MINI-you. Want one good way to it? Well, to become a Mini-You, start out by setting mini-GOALS for yourself as you begin your weight-loss journey.
That's right, set modest weight-loss goals in the beginning. I received an e-mail from a lady the other day telling me about her mini-goal weight-loss plan. She needs to lose 80 pounds and her first mini-goal was to lose just 20. She was writing to tell me that she'd lost the first 20 pounds and how proud she was of herself. (Hey, she had reason to be!) But the good thing was, seeing that she could lose those first 20 pounds, gave her the determination to prove to herself that she could lose the next 20...and the next, all the way to her final goal. I think that's a great plan!
Don't put time limits on yourself.
Before you get started, don't put time limits on yourself. For instance, don't say I'm going to lose 10 pounds in one month. Tell yourself I'm going to lose 10 pounds...period. And if it takes two months, instead of one, you'll still have reason to celebrate the fact that you're losing weight now, instead of gaining more weight. HOORAY!
Then, after losing those first ten pounds, record in your journal or private Internet diary how good you felt, how proud you were and write down your determination to lose that next ten pounds. And, by the way, I've told you before, even with a ten-pound weight-loss, you will have already begun to make improvements in your health. You'll probably have lowered your blood pressure, blood sugar and bad cholesterol numbers. All that, just from reaching one of your mini-goals! Now think about the other improvements you're gonna make once you reach your final goal of losing all of the weight you need to lose!
Don't foil your weight-loss efforts by looking at that BIG number.
So please, don't foil your weight-loss efforts in the beginning by looking at that big number of pounds you have to lose. To start, set mini-goals for yourself and, with every one of them you meet, (and you can), you're gonna be on your way to creating the MINI-YOU! Now, that'll be something BIG to celebrate!