It’s time for a change.
You did your homework and found a diet and lifestyle plan that works for you. You circled a start date on your calendar and prepped your kitchen.
You’re committed to shedding the extra pounds, regaining your energy, and feeling better. Congratulations—that's a huge first step!
Big changes can be scary…
If there’s a bit of anxiety mixed in with your enthusiasm about beginning The Virgin Diet or Sugar Impact Diet, you’re not alone!
Pursuing such a major life change is exciting, but it can also be a little frightening. What if it doesn’t work? What if the cravings are too much or I just gain it all back?
It can be especially intimidating if this isn’t your first attempt to lose the weight. (Or second or third…)
Those doubts are exactly why I tell people that it’s not the how, it’s the why.
My Virgin Diet and Sugar Impact Diet are based on concrete science and decades of experience. However, it’s your own self-confidence and goals that will ultimately determine your dieting success.
It isn’t about what’s going on at the end of your fork. It’s about what’s going on between your ears!
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In order to succeed, you need to understand and believe three things:
1. You are already amazing.
This isn’t about being good enough. You already are. Starting your diet is the perfect way to acknowledge that you deserve to feel your best.
Struggling with your health and appearance can make you feel less confident. (I understand—I’ve been there!)
Low self-esteem means you don’t take the time to care for yourself, which often leads to unhealthy choices. Soon you weigh more and feel even worse about yourself… It’s time to stop that destructive cycle.
Right now—at your current weight, even with pain or other physical limitations—you are already worthy! That feels hard to believe sometimes, especially if you think being loved requires looking perfect.
But I will tell you what I needed to hear for many years: You are wonderful, just as you are.
2. Big success starts with big goals.
Most people who are overweight and suffering are very clear on their current reality.
Your present symptoms or the numbers on the scale might inspire you to seek change, but it’s your future that will keep you motivated.
Instead of focusing on where you are right now, think about where you want to be. What's your “big why”—what will your new life look like? Don’t be afraid to dream big!
In fact, if you’re not THRILLED by your goals, I want you to pick new ones…
Think about your ideal job or fantasy vacation, the ones that aren’t an option now because of your weight. How will you spend time with your loved ones without fatigue and aching joints to hold you back?
Picture where you’re going and make it real, so that your journey becomes less about the starting line and more about the finish.
3. Knowing where you’re headed leads to lasting change.
It’s time to connect the dots! Once you know your big why, you can start to choose more specific goals.
Naming your motivations will help you commit to the action steps needed to eliminate excess sugar, get better rest, or drink more water.
Make the connection between choosing a healthy breakfast every day and going on that vacation with your family. Understand how getting quality sleep impacts that promotion at work. Make it REAL!
The more you can understand how your concrete choices today are leading to a new reality tomorrow, the easier it will be to stay committed.
Don't be afraid to ask for help…
Research proves that having accountability partners keeps people motivated and successful when they're working toward a common goal. Reach out on our amazing Facebook community!
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The views in this blog by JJ Virgin should never be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Please work with a healthcare practitioner concerning any medical problem or concern. The information here is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or condition. Statements contained here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.