Making the decision to start a weight loss plan is always the first step towards weight loss.
But how do we increase our chances of actually sticking to the weight loss plan we create for ourselves.
Over the years I’ve gone through many different weight loss programs I created for myself, and in most cases I’ve reached my goals, and sometimes I didn’t.
Looking back on it now, I realize that there has been one differentiating factor that really helped me to stick to my weight loss plans when I’ve succeeded.
It’s something that most people avoid doing when making the decision to lose weight because they don’t like putting pressure on themselves.
However, the social pressure behind doing this one thing is what makes it so effective!
What I’m referring to is blogging about your weight loss journey.
When I’ve done my previous weight loss plans and I blogged about my journey from setting a goal to recording my starting weight and doing my “before” pictures, all the way through to actually reaching my goals and everything in between, I’ve always found that blogging about it was a tremendous help.
There have been numerous studies done that show that publicly announcing your weight loss plans has a positive effect on achieving your goals.
The perceived accountability and gentle social pressure we put on ourselves can be exactly what we need to keep us on track during the inevitable tough times we may run into during a weight loss program.
I’ve even gone to the point of challenging several of my friends in weight loss challenges where we put up hundreds of dollars and public humiliation on the line to make sure we hit our goals.
You don’t have to do that, but blogging about your weight loss journey can be a HUGE motivating factor for losing weight.How to D
The support you’ll garner from friends and supporters online could just be what you need to keep going.
When I’ve ran into challenges with my weight loss in the past, such as when I’ve hit plateaus, I’ve had my readers posting comment of encouragement and recommending various resources to help me out as well.
If you are a blogger, I STRONGLY recommend blogging about your weight loss journey, publicly declaring what your goals are and sharing your progress on a regular basis.
Even if you have ZERO followers and nobody reads your posts (they will), just knowing that someone out there could be watching can be just what you need to keep you accountable.
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My Public Declaration
I would be a hypocrite if I wrote this post but didn’t publicly declare my weight loss plans as well.
Losing weight has not been a priority for me for several years now, and truth be told I’m actually currently at my heaviest weight I’ve been at all of my life.
As of this morning I weighed in at 243.8 lbs which is pretty much the heaviest I’ve ever been.
I don’t yet know every detail of the weight loss plan I’m going to follow to lose this weight but I have a pretty good idea and I’m organizing the resources to get started shortly.
For example, about a week ago I purchased a recumbent exercise bike to help me with my cardio training, and I’ve been gathering other resources as well.
My ultimate target goal is to lose 75 lbs of fat from my current frame, as well as to start building some more lean muscle mass after that.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to reach this goal, but that doesn’t really matter.
One way or another I’m going to hit the goal, that’s all that I know.
How to Make Your Public Declaration
Declaring your weight loss goals publicly isn’t easy for most people.
Especially when the majority of people tend to give up on their weight loss plans after just a few weeks.
However, I promise you that if you declare your weight loss goals publicly, it WILL help you to stick to your plans.
As human beings we tend to stick to things that we tell someone else we are going to do way more than to things we just tell ourselves, so why not use this part of human nature to your benefit!
If you’ve already got a blog, just write a post sharing your plans.
I do not recommend setting a deadline for reaching your goal though, just set a target and start working towards it.
I realize that most gurus out there say that a goal without a deadline is not a goal, but that’s not true.
For a more thorough explanation of why I don’t recommend putting deadlines on your weight loss goal, check out this video:
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