What’s the first step to weight loss?

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails lately about taking the steps to weight loss.  I don’t know where all the new people popped up from, but I’m happy to have you here.  I’ve talked about the weight loss journey many times but I’m going to take a different approach to the topic today.  It’s an ever changing and growing process and I think I have something to add to the subject. So here is my first step to weight loss:

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Be confident.

Embarking on a weight loss journey is physical and emotional.  It was the hardest and easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life. But there is A LOT of second guessing along the way.  That is the time to be confident.

Be confident that you are making the right choice at the right time to embark on your journey.

Be confident that you are going on the journey for YOURSELF and no one else.  There’s a different between doing it for yourself and finding the motivation through others.  Willie was motivated to lose the weight so he could play with our god child as she grew older, but the journey was something that he wanted to do for himself to enjoy a better life.  I was motivated by the realization of actually wanting to enjoy life and all the things in it, so it was a completely personal journey which was self motivated.

Be confident that the journey will work.  There will be struggles.  There will be moments of weakness.  There will be moments of great happiness.  Those things are just moments that lead to a bigger picture so be confident that you will succeed in the good times and the bad.

Be confident in the choices you will make.  There will be times when you turn down dinner with friends and alcoholic drinks.  There will be times you choose to stay at home because you know you need to get to sleep early to get your workout in.  There will days spent in the kitchen prepping your meals instead of at the movies and definitely more times than not there might be something fun you pass up because you need to hit the gym.  The choices you are making now are leading to a better tomorrow and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Be confident that you’re changing bad habits into new great habits.


Be confident that you can do anything you put your mind to with hard work.  It’s not going to be easy but it will start to be fun.  Be confident that your choices will become second nature to you and the struggle won’t always be there.

And lastly, be confident enough to take the first step.  Nothing happens without action so you just have to dive in, even if you have no idea what to do.  It’s a learning process that you will learn through trial and error.

I hope this gives you a new perspective on how to approach your weight loss journey, no matter how many pounds you’re trying to drop.