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Achieving Weight Loss Success

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Do you ever feel inspired by other people’s weight loss success and wish you could replicate that success for yourself?  You can!  And the good news is that you can do it even before you have reached your goal weight.  Below are three simple steps to get you started.

Step One:  Redefine success.
You may be thinking that reaching your goal weight and maintaining it for 2 or 3 years is the definition of weight loss success, but it doesn’t have to be.  One of the definitions of success is following through with something you intend to do.  If you intend to eat healthier and you actually do it, you are a success!  If you intend to work out for 30 minutes a day and you actually do it, you are a success!
Of course, there are varying degrees of success, but YOU get to be the judge of what makes you successful or unsuccessful.  Here’s a little important clue:  If you FEEL successful (which includes being proud of yourself and satisfied with your efforts), you ARE successful.
Step Two:  Write your success story now.
Grab a sheet of paper and start writing your success story right NOW.  Imagine that it’s going to be broadcast on national television or radio, and put your heart and soul into it.  Tell your story as you want it to be.  Start with the time when weight first became an issue for you, and then detail everything you did (and are still doing) to lose the weight.  Be sure to focus on the emotional aspects, like how good you felt when you started to make progress, and how great you feel now that you have finally reached your goal weight!  Yes, that last part will be fictional, but not for long.
Be sure to re-read your story every day if you can.  It’s one of the best ways to stay motivated.
Step Three:  Have unwavering faith.
No matter the obstacles you may face along the way, have unwavering faith that you WILL succeed.  Keep some inspiring quotes nearby to remind you that it doesn’t matter how many times you fall as long as you keep getting back up and moving forward.  You can’t not reach the finish line if you don’t give up.

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We all can learn something from the lifestyle habits of naturally thin people.

When you think of a person who is “naturally thin,” you probably imagine a person who eats whatever and however much they want, and they never gain an ounce, right?  That may be true for a few rare people – but more often than not, a “naturally thin” person simply has different lifestyle habits that set them apart from people who are overweight.
Just like certain habits will make you more likely to gain weight, there are other certain habits that make you more likely to lose weight (or maintain a lighter weight).  Once you understand what these habits are, you can start practicing the “thin” habits and gradually become one of those “naturally thin” people.
The following are the 3 habits of naturally thin people:
Naturally Thin Habit #1 – Avoid Overeating
Have you ever noticed that naturally thin people don’t stuff themselves to the gills with excess amounts of food?  Rarely they may eat larger portions or go back for seconds, but more often than not they have a natural awareness of their bodies and stop eating when they recognize that little signal that says, “Thank you, I’ve had enough to eat for now.”
Start applying this habit in your own life by paying close attention to how your body feels as you eat.  When your body starts communicating that it is now satisfied, stop eating.
Naturally Thin Habit #2 – No More Guilt
Naturally thin people don’t beat themselves up for eating something they shouldn’t have – in fact, there are no forbidden foods in their world.  They eat what they want, but they don’t overdo it.  If they do eat something they would consider to be more fattening than their normal food choices, they don’t obsess over it for days.  They don’t beat themselves up for eating it, and they don’t jump to conclusions like they are out of control and can’t be trusted to make wise decisions.  They simply accept that they ate the food, and move on.  No regrets, no guilt.
How freeing would it feel to adopt this habit yourself?  Give it a try and notice how much better it feels to not have to carry such a heavy burden of guilt on your shoulders all the time.
Naturally Thin Habit #3 – Think Positive Thoughts And Believe In Yourself
Naturally thin people hold positive beliefs about their bodies and eating habits.  They constantly say things like this to themselves and others:  “I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight.  I’ve always been lucky to have a fast metabolism.  I’ve never been a big eater.  I have a small appetite.”
Now, you may be thinking that just saying these things isn’t going to make them true for YOU, even if they are true for naturally thin people.  But you’d be surprised just how much power the mind has over the body!
When you keep insisting that something is “true” for you, your subconscious mind will start nudging you to take different actions that will make the idea real.  Your eating habits will start changing, and before long you will be able to say honestly that you have a small appetite, you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight, and so on.
Make weight loss a little easier on yourself by following the habits of naturally thin people if you want to achieve optimal weight loss and health.

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Weight loss is challenging enough, but sometimes our scattered, disorganized approach can make it even harder.  The more disorganized you are, the more likely you are to slip back into old habits – just because it requires less effort.
If this is often a struggle for you, take a look at the tips below for ideas on how to get and stay organized and increase your chances for weight loss success.
Have a Plan
The first step in being organized is being prepared.  Decide ahead of time what you are going to eat for the next week; create meal plans, menus and snack ideas, gather recipes, and buy all of the ingredients you need to make them.  If you don’t prepare ahead of time you may have a harder time resisting the siren call of vending machines and drive-thru windows.
Make Time to Shop
If you can easily buy everything you need once a week, great.  But if you need to buy foods that may spoil before you use them later in the week, you may want to set aside time for two or three shopping trips each week.  However, avoid temptation by having a clear list of the things you need and sticking to it like glue.
Make Time to Prepare Foods
A few times per week you can set aside an hour or so to chop and peel vegetables, marinate meat, and wash fruit so it’s ready to cook and eat.  You can even cook many foods ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for several days.
Organize Your Kitchen
Do a bit of reorganizing in your kitchen and keep all of the utensils and tools you need in preparing healthy meals close at hand.  You can even designate a special cupboard to store spices you commonly use, measuring cups and spoons, a food scale, menu ideas, and anything else you need to stay on track.  When it’s time to start preparing your healthy meals, you simply open that cupboard and have virtually everything you need to get started right at your fingertips.
Approach a weight loss plan like any other goal in life – know your strategy, plan and prepare, and take daily action toward the outcome you want.  It’s the best way to succeed at anything and everything you endeavor to do.

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