So you want to lose 30 pounds, am I right? Or 40 or 50?
Well you can do that. And probably in time for Spring, too. Definitely in time for Summer. Wouldn’t that be the most incredible thing? Just stop for a moment and imagine how sassy you’ll feel. Just imagine how quickly you’ll abandon your loser husband and kids.
Losing enough weight to abandon your entire family is well within your reach. In fact, I wish I could just burst through this computer screen right now and squeeze your face until you feel within your soul just how possible this is for you.
All you need to do is forget your ultimate goal. Wipe it completely from your mind. Instead, just “aim for eight.”
It’s not magic, it’s logic.
Losing 30 pounds is hard. Losing 40 pounds is the absolute worst. You just don’t need to embark on that kind of journey, because you’re probably not a murderer and therefore deserve some modicum of happiness in your life.
Losing 50 pounds is basically impossible. It’s so difficult that I’d rather get eaten by a shark. And yet I have lost 50 pounds, and more.
But losing 8 pounds? That’s cake. Most people can do it in less than a month just by making small changes.
Here is the idea.
This is important. You can’t “aim for eight” in order to lose 30. You need to forget the 30 completely. Forget it at a cellular level. It is NOT your goal. Not now, not ever. Your goal is eight. It is always eight.
I can’t emphasize this enough. Because it’s not enough to simply forget your larger goal. You must actively banish it completely from your mind. It’s just not your goal, because your goal is to lose just eight pounds. Eight Eight Eight Eight Eight. Lose 8 pounds and then reevaluate. Chant it with me now “Eight Eight! Eight Eight! Eight and reevaluate!”
So – What is your sole mission on this earth?
To lose 8 pounds. And not starting tomorrow, not starting on Monday, starting right now. If you want to lose weight, then you start RIGHT NOW – the second you read this paragraph.
Your goal is now to lose 8 pounds. As quickly as you can, but in a healthy way.
Once you lose eight pounds you have two rules:
1. You are PROHIBITED from losing more for a minimum of 1 or 2 weeks; and
2. You are PROHIBITED from gaining any weight back during this time. You hear me?
Not an an ounce. You are spending a minimum of one or two weeks maintaining your new sexy self. But it’s even better if you spend more time maintaining. You can maintain your 8 pound loss for a month or more if you want.
Why? Because you reached your goal. And now you can let your body and mind rest as for as long as you need.
A Note on Natural Fluctuations During the Maintenance Period
And now, excuse me as I contradict myself. Of course, natural fluctuations in weight happen – and for some women more than others.
And if you go from a strict eating regimen to a less strict regimen, you’ll probably gain some weight from water and glycogen.
Be reasonable, and be kind to yourself. But be mindful. You’ll know if you’re gaining ‘actual’ weight. Just try not to do it, but also not to lose. Because your body thinks it’s starving to death, and it wants a little break.
Maintenance period over.
Congrats. You lost eight pounds, and you’ve maintained it. Or maybe you gained a pound or two back.
No big deal. It’s been one or two weeks, but maybe you want to maintain for longer.
Because what’s your new goal? You guessed it. Aim for 8. You can do it the same way you did the first 8, or maybe try something completely new. Who cares? Just do it.
Wait, hold on. I’m confused. How much weight am I trying to lose?
Imagine a friend is curious about your diet. She asks you what your goal is. Do you say “Oh, well I just lost 8 pounds, and now I’d like to lose 20 more? ”
You say “Yep – I’m just trying to lose 8 pounds” And every time you lose 8, you win. Re-set. Game over.
What’s going to happen when you lose 8 pounds?
The first eight: You’re going to feel great. You’re going to feel as bright as the sun. You might go down one size. You’ll realize, “hey – it’s not so hard.” I could do this 3 more times.
The second eight: This is when you begin to feel like a new person. You’ve probably gone down one or two dress sizes.
Do this three times, and you’re down by 24 pounds. You won’t even realize how it happened so quickly.
Meanwhile, you’ll be establishing great habits. You won’t be stressing yourself. You won’t be setting insane expectations, and you won’t be simultaneously starving and working out at the gym. Instead, you’ll be giving your body what it wants and needs, because you’re only trying to lose a few pounds at most.
So aim for 8. I don’t care if you’re 20 pounds overweight, or 100 pounds overweight. Write it down today in lipstick on your bathroom mirror.
And when you reach that goal, you can re-evaluate.
Start today! Don’t wait until Monday! You can do it!!!
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14 thoughts on “To Lose 30 Pounds, Aim for Eight.”
Agreed. You need to set realistic, healthy goals. They are easier to accomplish and you are more likely to keep them off. Setting very high [unrealistic] goals is basically just setting yourself up for failure.
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I used to set goals that I wouldn’t meet for like 3 or 4 months! It’s just a bad idea. Small goals and maintenance in between seems less mentally stressful.
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So perfect 🙂 Setting small, attainable realistic goals and working towards them is much better than setting a huge goal with no stepping stones to celebrate along the way.
Thanks for checking it out 🙂 And thank you!
I really liked the message, except I just don’t understand “Just imagine how quickly you’ll abandon your loser husband and kids”. Such a sad line. I don’t want to lose weight to abandon my fault, quite the opposite! I want to be able to be with my family in really healthy form.
I wish you every happiness and thank you for this tip of aiming for 8, as it is something achievable which is great when the goal is probably about 90lbs
just playing! I hope noone abandons their husband and kids over this post 😉
Oh good! Bit of a random comment in an otherwise great post!
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thank you and thanks for stopping by 🙂