I often get asked if there is a key to successful weight loss. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. I know how difficult weight loss can be and everyone has a different situation that prevents them from success. However, everyone can lose weight! The problem is that it requires hard work and sacrifice that some people cannot or will not make. I have seen and experienced many weight loss successes and failures in the past five years. In almost every successful weight loss story, two main ideas were present. I want to share those with you today. If you can master these concepts, then you will have success in your fitness journey.

1. Learn to be uncomfortable.

This first concept may not sound fun but it is incredibly important. You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Change does not happen when you stay in your comfort zone. If you want to see progress and take yourself to new heights, then you will have to face your fears and try new things. Every time you put yourself in situations that are difficult and get through them, you make yourself stronger. Knowing that you can do hard things makes you 100% more likely to do more challenging tasks in the future.

So how do you know which uncomfortable thing to do? Identify your fears. Find the tasks that make you uncomfortable and then do them. For example, if thinking about running a half marathon gives you a nervous feeling in your stomach, then that is a sign you should go for it. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, you will be challenged. Yes, you will want to quit while you train. But you know you “need” to do that half marathon even though it scares you. This is how you find the next step on your fitness journey.

2. Be Consistent

As you begin losing weight or improving your fitness, your main goal should be consistency. Set the goal of being consistent before you set a weight loss or nutritional goal. Give all your energy into becoming consistent. Make a commitment to yourself that you will exercise every single day, even on the weekends. If this sounds impossible, remember, not every workout has to be killer! The calories you burn in slower workouts count just as much as the calories you burn when you go hard. Your body does not care about that! It only cares about how often you work out.

Being consistent and starting slowly will take you so much further than going too hard too fast. You will quit if you try to do too much at once! Be smart instead. Break a sweat every day for at least a month but do not force yourself to be miserable every workout. This will get you into the habit of working out consistently and teach you the importance of mixing up your workouts.

When you decide that you are ready to lose weight and get fit, focus on these two concepts. Do not let fear stop you from doing what you want to do. Remember, comfort is the killer of progress. You may feel like it is your friend, but it is your enemy! Consistency is also necessary for sustained weight loss. Slower, consistent workouts are far more beneficial than sporadic intense sessions. You may find that you can combine these two because consistency makes you uncomfortable! Whatever it takes for you to get these two concepts into your life, do them! Take chances, break a sweat every day, and enjoy the benefits of fitness.