One day at a time. This is really the key to long-term weight loss and staying motivated. If you eat a healthy amount of food and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, you will lose weight. It may be 1-2 lbs a week, like we shoot for in our Mandolean program – but those 1-2 lbs a week add up quickly! It’s better for your body to lose weight at a slow and steady rate, so don’t feel pressured to mimic “Biggest Loser” and lose a large amount of weight very quickly.
There will be bad days. All you can do is start fresh the next day and know that one bad day isn’t a reason to give up or think that you’ve done irreparable damage. It’s not. Just “get back on the horse” and renew your commitment the next morning and move forward. There's always an excuse, but excuses won't get you where you want to be. Focus on the big picture and your goals and know that you can get there.
Ask your family and close friends to help you. There’s no reason to try to lose weight on your own. Visit our Mandolean clinic to hear about our individualized program and you’ll see what daily support and accountability looks like. Also, talk to your family and friends about what you’re doing, your goals, your struggles, and how they can help. Maybe there’s even a family member or friend who wants to do it with you… and then you have a built-in buddy system!
The point is that this process won’t be easy… but it WILL be worth it. It will change your life and you will wonder why you didn’t lose weight and get healthy sooner. You will live longer, be a good example for your children and others around you, and feel better every day when you wake up. You just have to do it.
- Marilyn Rippetoe, Case Manager, Mando Group NY