It may be hard to lose weight.The best diet is the one that best fits into your lifestyle.

To lose weight, once you find that, it’s no longer a diet – it’s a way of life.

lose weightMy favorite approach for with my clients (and myself!) who want to lose weight is to Focus on the Good: good habits, quality whole foods, restful sleep, and interesting activities.

My clients have gotten used to years of talking themselves into starting a diet followed by months of feeling guilty when they can no longer tolerate that same diet. Has that ever happened to you?

So, first idea I promote is that you lose weight as a lifestyle change, and not as a diet. Once you release the notion that there’s an end date to what you are doing, you can start focusing on the day-to-day realities of living a healthy lifestyle. Being fit is not a destination – it’s a way of life.

In my private VIP coaching sessions, here are the Top 8 Focus on the Good ideas my clients have loved! Coach Georgianne

Be Consistent with Quality Food and Exercise: No one is perfect. We are all going to make mistakes. However, healthy people are consistently living a healthy lifestyle. Do you know a healthy lifestyle when you see one? Learn how to read labels and elevate the quality of food you eat. Better yet, eat mostly food that has no labels! Over the course of your average week, eat healthy food 80-90% of the time, and exercise several times in ways that are fun to you.  Soon this lifestyle will be as second nature as brushing your teeth. Keeping a healthy body weight will always come down to superior nutrition and activity in appropriate quantities. This is a lifestyle skill you can embrace.

Plan: A healthy lifestyle takes planning. Most over-eating occurs from a lack of a plan: ever heard of emotional eating? That is truly reactionary behavior instead of thought-through living! Plan your meals in advance 80-90% of the time so you know what to buy every week at the grocery store. Only buy what you plan on eating, and try to cook your meals ahead of time. The simple nature of most home cooked meals makes it much more likely that you’ll stay on track. 

Make Small Changes: Make small changes consistently until they are habit and you no longer have to think about it, and then make another change. There’s no need to completely change your lifestyle all at once. You’ll be much more likely to stick with your new healthy lifestyle if you make small changes consistently over time. Be as supportive to yourself as you are to your best friend or beloved relative!  

Don’t Beat Yourself Up: You’re going to mess up. We all do. Healthy people learn self-compassion. They get right back on track. They don’t wait until tomorrow to do so, either. Their healthy lifestyle and weight loss continues to move forward because they allow themselves to make mistakes, learn from them, and then end up stronger as a result.

lose weightSurround Yourself with Positive People: We are highly influenced by the people close to us. Many healthy people had to move forward with their lives and leave toxic friends and lifestyles behind. It was a hard decision to make, but they understood how important it was to surround themselves with people who believed in their own positive dreams and supported their friends in positive dreams and goals. Be a positive person for your community!  

Stop Making Excuses: Healthy people make the shift from excuses to action. I remember that it was a hard idea for me to accept, but once I was honest with myself, I spent less time making excuses, and more time finding ways to accomplish my goals.  

Be Patient: You didn’t gain your weight overnight, and you aren’t going to lose it that way, either. After we make up our mind to lose weight, we all want quick results, but once you realize that weight loss is a process, you can stop beating yourself up for the 10-20% of the time you are not perfectly on plan. Stop looking at weight loss as a day to day challenge. This is a lifetime commitment to self-care.  

Stay Positive: Negative thoughts lead to negative results. You are the result of what you think. Keeping a positive mindset on your weight loss journey increases the odds of your success. You will learn a lot about yourself during your lifestyle transition. There will be many challenges and difficulties, but it’s important to understand that even though it might not be easy, it will be worth it.

When I teach my clients to focus on the good, they often ask me when I will teach them to focus on the calories, or focus on measuring food, or focus on the scale. The answer to this is that I hope I will never teach calorie/measuring/or scale-shaming to lose weight. I do not consider those techniques to be sustainable, and they lack the kind of self-compassion that is a hallmark of a healthy lifestyle! I teach skills that will blossom into life-long habits that don’t feel like dieting. They feel like vibrant living. When the byproduct of this kind of focus is the right-sizing of your body, what a lovely benefit! It is a joy to have a strong, fit, comfortable body that is also well-nourished, flexible and healthy. Focus on the Good!