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Ask Cookie: Where Do I Start?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Where do I start?

Dear Cookie,

I’m confused! I want to lose about 30 pounds. The timing is good for me; I’m very motivated and am even a little bit excited.

But where do I start? When I sit down and think about all the different parts of the puzzle and how I’m going to tackle this, I’m overwhelmed!

  • Do I focus on what kind of food I should eat?
  • Or how much I eat?
  • Or when I should eat?
  • Or how much exercise I should do?

It seems like so much to think about that I end up doing nothing.

How can I lose weight without feeling like I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air?

L.S., Chicago, IL.


Dear L.S.,

You are SO not alone! There are many aspects to weight loss. And there isn’t a simple straight line to follow.

But there are certain things you can do that will create a good solid foundation.

Let’s think in terms of priorities.

  • First, begin by getting in touch with your body’s hunger signals. Learn to differentiate between physical hunger and your emotions.
  • Then, create some soft structure for yourself by waiting to eat until you are definitely physically hungry.
  • Your next step will be learning to know when you are satisfied physically, which is when you should stop eating.
  • At any point so far, you can begin to add in an exercise program. What and how much you do will depend on what and how much you’re doing now.
  • NOW you can begin to think about the quality of the food you eat. You have a wide range of choices.

These are the simplified steps to take for lasting weight loss. If at any point you can’t get yourself to do that step, then that is a signal that you need to look at your thinking. Your thinking determines what actions you take and what actions you don’t take.

Don’t worry about doing everything when you are starting out. It’s more important to get each step down before you take on the next step.

Just start with one thing: identifying your hunger, and go from there.

One step at a time.