Friday, February 22, 2013

So where do you start when you want to make major changes?

It can be overwhelming at first.  However, you begin by making a plan and taking one step forward.  In one of my past posts, I talked about how if you follow a plan it will help you reach your goals.    What I wanted to do now is give you some quick tips so you can reach what you are trying to achieve.  Of course these are not the only actions you need to take, but maybe one of these will get you moving in the right direction.

 Set Mini-Goals

Of course if you don't have a goal, then you are not trying to achieve anything.  However, most people have something they are trying to accomplish especially if you are reading this type of blog post.  For example, when I started on my weight loss journey, I wanted to lose 100 lbs.  IF all I thought about was losing 100 lbs, I probably would have felt overwhelmed.  For example so what if I lost 3 pounds that first week, that means I still had 97 to go!  If that was consistently in my head, I would have defeated myself and given up so easily

However, what I suggest to people is to establish mini goals.  These are objectives you are trying to reach within 30-60 days and that are very attainable.  So when I started on my mission, I set a goal of losing 10 lbs within 1 month.  Then another 10 pounds within the next month, etc.  It kept giving me momentum and confidence to not give up and before I knew it, I was reaching and sometimes beating those goals each month.  I eventually lost 100 lbs in about 10 months.  These type of goals are important to be written down and referred to on a daily basis.  If you only have "ultimate goals", it will be difficult to stay motivated on a daily basis.

Get Rid of the Negative People

Simply said, if you keep these type of people around, they will hold you back.  "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn.  If you think about this, it is probably very true in your life and if you consistently hear a person in your life complain about their situation, or that they believe they can't make changes, it typically will spill into your thought process and attitude. 

IF you are not able to get rid of the negative people in your life (because maybe they are your mother, father, wife or husband), then offset them by adding more positive people or resources to your life.  That means you should start hanging around other people who have similar goals.  This might mean that you need to make friends at a gym or joining a free local running club.  Or if you do not belong to a gym, then you will need to use social media.  For example, if you are a Facebook user, there are ton of pages out there that people update daily about their weight loss journeys, so why not fill up your news feed with their positive messages vs. some "friends" consistently complaining about their lives?  Google+ has great communities also that people post to and help each by motivating them with messages, updates, etc.  Regardless, you have other options, you just need to seek them out.

I met this lady at a gym I was working at (now is one of my good friends) who at first struggled to stay on the treadmill for 30 minutes.  We talked about how I think she could do a 5K, she thought I was nuts.  Fast forward, she finally did one and within a few years she is now doing 50-100 mile races.  How did this happen?  Well there are numerous reasons, but the main one (in my opinion) is because she found a local running group and became involved.  She was surrounded by people who were "doing the impossible".  She was consistently reminded by their talks that anything is possible with the proper training even if you are a person with a full time job, stay at home mom or have 2-7 kids.  If she would have stayed walking or running on a treadmill in a gym, do you think this would have happened?  No.

Track Your Progress

If you see how you are doing on paper or via an app, it will be easier for you to notice how far along you have come.  Take a picture on day 1.  I know it may be intimidating, but it will pay off greatly if you can see your "before" picture as you go through your journey.  It will give you a very good visual of your accomplishments along the way.  There will be times when the scale is not moving and if you have proof how you look now versus before, it will energize you that you have made progress.  IF you don't see progress it will be hard to stay motivated.

You are going to come across a variety of lists in magazines and on the internet showing you ways to lose weight, get healthy or to meet your fitness goals.  Some are bad and some are good, however, what you should do is try to read them all because you might just pick up something new here and there that you can apply to your life.  No matter how much weight I have lost, I am always open to listening to others who may have an idea to help me along the way.

Let us know if you have any tips that have helped you succeed and you want to share with others.

By: Fred Lechuga


  1. Absolutely love this entry!!!!! "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn. That is now going into one of my favorite words to live by quotes.

  2. Thanks! I love that quote too and remind myself of it as I evaluate my circumstances.