Winter is nearly here, at least in Australia anyway. The season is of course totally irrelevant - we should aim to be healthy all year ‘round! So right now is the time to crack the whip and get moving on making some big changes! Over the next few days I’m going tackle a few important issues that have come up in my personal coaching lately.
Q: June said I’m not losing weight fast enough! This week I only lost 1kg (2lbs), how can I speed this up?!
A: How long did it take you to gain this weight? Six weeks? A lifetime? Isn’t it great that you can undo decades of mistreating your body in only a year or two?! And not only that, but it’s cumulative - you won’t remain at your current weight for a whole year and then it will magically disappear. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will see results. Personally, I lost 55kg (120lbs) over my year of eating only potatoes - that’s only just over 1kg per week on average!
I understand the impatience, honestly I do. I know what it’s like to suddenly feel ready, like this time everything will be different. I know how it feels when the scales don’t reflect your new attitude to food and life. I know it because I lived it and I still am. If you aren’t happy with the rate of weight loss you’re experiencing, ask yourself how you’ll feel in a year if you can maintain your rate of weight loss. 50kgs (100lbs) in a year is an entirely reasonable amount to expect to lose and if you can get it done then your entire outlook on life will be different.
There’s a more important question to ask: can I eat plants?
If the answer to this question is yes (of course the answer is yes!) then you can lose all the weight you want and you can enjoy the process. You can be calm, confident and relentless in making good food choices, and then you will be walking the path of good health and discovering where it takes you.
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