We are fast approaching the end of week 2 and I wanted to let you in on a little secret. It is not something earth shattering or mind blowing, but it is something most people trying to lose weight don't realize. What is the secret?
You don't have to be perfect!
When you are changing your eating habits, aim for 80% compliance. This will give you close to 1 meal a day where you don't need to be compliant. Can you perhaps see why the reality of losing weight is that it isn't as hard as everyone makes it seem?
Exercising 4 days a week is more than enough to get the weight off. If you aim for 7 and you manage 4 you have accomplished a very important goal. This is why I always tell people the same thing.
Stop making it harder than it is!
Stop killing yourself with exercises you cannot handle. It is OK to lift less weight than your friend. Everyone is at a different spot. Don't make it harder than it is. Stop worrying about the bread you ate at lunch, it is not going to derail your weight loss efforts.
Keeping things simple makes it easier to stick with. Baby steps get you to your goal just like giant leaps do. It is easier to string together a consistent group of baby steps than it is to string together a consistent bunch of giant leaps. Think that one over.
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