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Weight Loss: Are You Ready?

We get this question a lot: How do I know if I'm ready to start my weight loss journey?

The thing is, there isn't one answer to this question. There is no criteria for readiness. There is no quiz we can give you to tell if you're ready. It's kind of like having kids: if you wait until you're ready, you'll never have them!

Still, we've created a list of statements you can agree or disagree with to see where your head is.

Agree or disagree with each of the following statements ...

  • I fully accept that fad diets and miracle pills are not sustainable solutions.
  • I have realistic expectation about the timeline of my weight loss (.5 - 3lbs/week).
  • I accept that this will be a permanent change in my lifestyle.
  • I am willing to invest time in building new, healthier habits.
  • I am ready to let go of my excuses.
  • I accept that I will need to avoid certain social situations or pass up on food (even when it seems rude).
  • I am willing to let others know what I need in order to be successful.
  • I am not currently dealing with a crisis situation (i.e. recent death of a loved one).

 

If you agreed with most of these statements, then great! Sounds like you're ready to really start this journey to a healthier, happier you!

If you disagreed with most of these statements, that's okay too. Let's go through them one-by-one.
 

I fully accept that fad diets and miracle pills are not sustainable solutions.
Okay, maybe you're not ready to give up on the idea of a weight-loss miracle drug, but that doesn't mean you should sit around and wait for it. Take action NOW. Get healthy NOW. By the time a miracle drug comes along, you could already be at goal!

I have realistic expectations about the timeline of my weight loss (.5 - 2lbs/week).
We'll keep reminding you that this is a journey. We will cheer when you lose .4 or .2 and remind you that little losses sure do add up!

I accept that this will be a permanent change in my lifestyle.
Nothing will ever become permanent if you don't even start. Maybe you don't want to commit to a lifetime right now -- that's okay. Commit to a smaller, more mangeable time frame at first. Hey, your habits just might end up sticking.

I am willing to invest time in building new, healthier habits.
We never feel like we have enough time for anything! But I am telling you, you have the time to do this. You want to know how to get more time? By getting healthy. Lose that extra weight, get that cholesterol down, take some pressure off your achy joints and you can tack years onto your life.

I am ready to let go of my excuses.
We have comebacks to neutralize those excuses, so they won't be an issue for long.

I accept that I will need to avoid certain social situations or pass up on food (even when it seems rude).
This one is tricky for a lot of people, but it really does get easier with time. Once everyone else is used to your new habits, they won't even bat an eye when you pass on Friday morning doughnuts at the office.

I am willing to let others know what I need in order to be successful.
This one gets easier, too. It can be uncomfortable to ask for help, but you won't get what you need if you don't ask. We have tips and strategies for this, or one of our staff members would be happy to do a practice-run with you!

I am not currently dealing with a crisis situation (i.e. recent death of a loved one).
This one is personal, and unfortunately, we don't have a solution for it. If you feel ready to start your journey anyway, great. But if you feel like you need to wait until life returns to some semblance of normalcy, that's okay, too. We'll be here when you are ready.