What’s the fastest way to lose 5 kilos?
“What’s the fastest way to lose 5 kilos?”
This is something I hear a lot, and it used to be something I personally searched for ‘the answer’ to. I went from diet to diet and the only thing that got any lighter was my wallet!
I think so often we get attached to the number on the scale that we lose sight of our body as a whole.
Seriously! You could lose 5 kilos fairly quickly, but would you even notice that rapid weight loss in how your clothes fit? Or is it pretty much just all water weight?
I know looking back at my photos along the way, my first 20 kilos you can’t really even notice a difference at all (granted I did have a LOT of weight to lose). But even if you look at my last 5 kilos, which took me the better part of 4 months to release, it actually looks like much more weight than that, just because of the amount of muscle tone I gained while I shed that weight.
I’m digressing here, but my point is we tend to become stuck in that ‘instant gratification’ mindset. We think if we eat healthy and exercise for 1 week or even 2 weeks and we don’t see any results we might as well throw in the towel.
I know I felt this way for many years.
If I didn’t see instant results then I would quit and wait (weight! hehehe) for the next gimmick or my next surge of motivation to come my way.
The difference between then and now is that now I know it’s going to happen, and so I just consistently do the things that will bring me the results. If I miss a gym session or two it’s no big deal, if I eat a biscuit (or half a pack) it’s also no big deal. It’s what I do consistently that matters.
If I consistently skipped the gym and ate biscuits then I would be back where I started – but I don’t let that happen. I’ve thrown out ‘the wagon’ and ‘the track’ concepts all together!
There is no wagon or track to get on or off. There’s just me, making consistent choices, to create a healthy body and enjoying the journey along the way.
I used to think I had to wait till the end to celebrate. Now I celebrate every new success – every time I master a yoga pose I could never do before, every time I increase my weights in a pump class, every time I can play with my children (instead of watching from the sidelines), every time someone sends me a message and shares their successes, and every time I fit into a smaller clothes size.
So my tip for today is whatever your goal is it’s all about consistency.
It’s what you do, day in and day out, that counts. If you find yourself stuck in the “what’s the fastest way to x?” mindset, then I encourage you to slow down and really think about whether what you are going to try is sustainable long term. If it’s not, then how can you tweak it a bit?
If you’ve been trying something for a few weeks and you haven’t seen results yet, just give it a bit longer before you give up. You never know how close you are to striking gold!
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