10 Lessons I've Learned on My Weight-Loss Journey ...


10 Lessons I've Learned on My Weight-Loss Journey ...
10 Lessons I've Learned on My Weight-Loss Journey ...

This is another wonderful guest post by one awesome blogger, Jack Sh*t. Jack Sh*t has lost 90+ pounds over the past ten months and chronicles his weight-loss journey daily at Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit.

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Talk to Yourself

Top Image by: **gutter**
Before you begin, there's somebody you need to have a loooong talk with. No, not your physician, silly. It’s you, of course. You need to sit yourself down and try to work out exactly why you’re doing this and what you’re willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it. Without solid buy-in from the crew upstairs (your brain), I suspect you won’t make any serious weight-loss magic happen.


Planning is Everything

Planning is Everything Photo by: by **peekandeat**
When most people stray from their programs, it’s because they were put in a situation they weren’t expecting. Had to work late so wound up grabbing some fast food for dinner. Had friends in town so had to go out to eat. Somebody brought donuts to the office. Most of us know what it takes to get this done; we simply fail to plan well enough.


Be Hard on Yourself at First

Be Hard on Yourself at First Photo by: **salimfadhley**
It’s tough to build up momentum and mojo. I used hard and fast rules at the beginning of my journey to keep myself on the straight and narrow. DON’T eat anything out of a vending machine. DON’T eat in the car. DON’T eat after dinner. DON’T eat out more than once a week. DON’T eat anything prepared in a gas station. Once I got a few months under my shrinking belt, I loosened up the rules somewhat. However, I needed the added structure early on.


Put off Your “off Days”

Put off Your “off Days” Photo by: **bass_nroll**
There’s no reason to schedule an “off day” for exercise. In my experience, Life will schedule your time off for you. It'll do it’s best to put roadblocks and hurdles in the way of your quest to get your sweat on. Even if you have good intentions, chances are you won’t be able to work out every day. Pack a gym bag the night before; it’ll be one less thing you have to do when the hectic morning arrives.


A Little Bit of Crap Leads to a Lot of Crap

A Little Bit of Crap Leads to a Lot of Crap Photo by: **Pink Sherbet Photography**
For me, it’s like priming a pump. If I get a taste of some of my trigger foods, it stirs something inside of me that’s best kept sleeping. Eating healthier has really killed my appetite for junk food, but I still occasionally hear its siren call.


Dig in for the Long Haul

Dig in for the Long Haul Photo by: **Pink Sherbet Photography**
Pack a lunch (preferably something low-fat and reasonably healthy) because this is gonna take a while. You didn’t get where you are overnight, and you aren’t going to get out of it overnight. It’ll be a grind at times, but the rewards are well worth the effort.


Don’t Let the Scale Make You Psycho

Don’t Let the Scale Make You Psycho Photo by: **capn madd matt**
It’s got a sense of humor, your scale. It will baffle and bamboozle you at times, and it won’t always fair. It may reward your exercise and good eating with an inexplicable gain; it may leave you scratching your head when you eat pizza while weighing in and still show a loss. It is only one indicator of how well you’re doing, and it’s important to keep that in mind. Measure yourself. Pay attention to how you feel and how your clothes are fitting. There’s more to losing weight than, well… losing weight.


Put a Lion in Your Heart

Put a Lion in Your Heart Photo by: **Rob!**
This is a courageous thing you’re setting out to do, pitting yourself against your worst inner demons. They’ve had their way with you for far too long and they expect that whatever fight you’re about to put up will be short and ineffective. Smile… you’ve got the element of surprise on your side.


Work through the Weekends

Work through the Weekends Photo by: **KayVee.INC**
Don’t fret if it takes you some time to learn to navigate weekends. They trip up folks that have been at it far longer than you have. If you’re truly sick and tired of that two-steps-forward-two-steps-back scale dance, then you’ve gotta, gotta, gotta put a leash on your weekend shenanigans.


Keep It All in Perspective

Keep It All in Perspective Photo by: **Pink Sherbet Photography**
Remember, these changes don’t have to be forever. Just for the rest of your life.

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Fantastic. =*]

I take days off when I'm too tired to do anything, but I don't plan them. I just wake up and know. Yesterday I did step, strength training, yoga, and a 10 mile leisurely bike ride. Today I do a 20 mile leisurely bike ride. It's likely that tomorrow will be a day off, which usually means I just go for a walk, or yoga if it is happening. I go by the scale, but accept the day to day and week to week noise. I watch my 5 pound range inch down, it's incredibly slow and would frustrate me if I let it. Sometimes I shake my head and roll my eyes, but that's as irritated as I'll get, I've watched the scale for almost 2 years almost daily, it's bouncy!

Nice and creative! I like the way you presented a serious subject in a humorous way.

Good tips..since I really need them! oh well.. re:Yup, it's so cold..on my way back home tonight it was -3! :(

Jack, always true & real! Love you at your site & here too! I just love the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ones for the weekend point.. too funny! Seriously, though, people really do have to get real. It takes hard work, patience, consistency, a life long thought process & planning for sure! Thx Jack & to this site for bringing you here!

I didn't know about the not scheduling a day off, I'll have to think about that one. I always take Sundays off because of family day but we do go for bike rides, walks and stuff but don't include that as part of my exercise program, just extras. Same for Thursdays, just the extras. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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