This week, I've been hearing from women (and men!) who are getting ready for the long-anticipated wedding season. Their top priority next to securing the date and venue? Weight loss.
Whether it's your wedding or you're a guest, weight loss is likely a less favourited one of your priorities in preparation for the main event.
The brides-to-be I've been talking to want to lose 10 to 20 lbs and are thinking 6 months to a year ahead, which, given the right approach, is absolutely achievable.
MYTH: shredding for the wedding means diets, rules, and painful hours at the gym.
FACT: we have come a long way in the world of wellness and weight loss. There are newer, more efficient, innovative ways to lose weight.
FACT: Your first STEP toward achieving weight loss is actually to build in ACCOUNTABILITY
Some soon-to-be brides are using fit bits, app-based food and activity trackers, and social media/online groups. Some even create online betting pools to get others to gamble on their weight loss (not that I am recommending this!). The point is, people are finding creative ways to build ACCOUNTABILITY and more importantly, SUPPORT into their weight loss journey.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution for weight loss. You’ll inevitably have to go through some trial and error to see what you can fit into your lifestyle and what combination of strategies will yield the outcomes you’re after.
So, what would it take for you to build accountability and support into reaching your weight loss goals? How do you tend to hold yourself accountable?
You can start by listing some of the trusted people in your life who not only support you, but stretch you too. These are people who somehow continually challenge you to become a better version of yourself. Who motivates you to become more fit or to eat healthier? Who has the ideal body you admire? Zero in on those people. It could even be just one person to start. Then, start talking about your intention to lose weight by a certain time, by how much, why, and how you plan to start. Begin telling your story so that these trusted people you know can become a part of your circle of accountability, support, encouragement and ultimately, success.