We all want to succeed. We want to lose weight. We want to look and feel good. We all have goals. The problem is that the farther I got along in reaching goals I realize that I might have been focused on the wrong thing. I had the prize all wrong.
The prize is not reaching a number on a scale or a number of days without cheating. The real goal is staying on course. Keeping on with the fight to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If the goal is a number, then there will always be something to disappoint you. If it is a number then what do you do when you hit it? Go on a binge or a feeding frenzy? That leads to guilt and shame. Then you throw in the towel.
The goal is living a balanced life. Life is a long journey with ups and downs on the weight loss front. Don’t shoot for a number shot for balance. It is OK to splurge every once in a while if the goal is a lifestyle and not a number. Tomorrow is another day in the healthy journey.
I have found that if I number hunt, I deprive myself so much for so long, that as soon as I hit it I think I am off the hook and easily fall back into bad habits. I had been longing to splurge so long I go overboard to fulfill the cravings. The key is balance.
Weight loss can be conquered with balance, moderation and remembering that every day is a new day.
The journey to weight loss is one that can be one surrounded by pitfalls, cliffs, and quicksand. If anyone ever says this journey is easy is lying or trying to sell you something. Keeping a positive attitude is difficult, but necessary. Most of this fight is mental
You need to have the right motivation, and proper expectations. The journey is a long term one. It will not be done in a short period. If you reach your goal, it’s still not over. Maintaining lasts a lifetime.
A key point on your mission is to avoid disappointments. One enemy is the scale. The scale is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can help you track your progress. On the other hand, it can be a mental torture device that will kill your desire to continue. It is in how you use it.
Remember, the scale is not the whole story. It is one measuring tool in your arsenal. I have learned that there is something in the design of scales that mess up the Earth’s gravitational pull. They can’t be trusted 100% of the time. Why? There is a simple answer to that question. The human body fluctuates in a normal cycle. Just because the scale says you have lost no weight, does not mean you are not getting into a better shape.
The best way to track is using measurements. That with the scale and the way your clothes fit is the best barometer for getting into shape. I would rather weight xxx amount of pounds and look good, than weight the same and look flabby. The key is to not rely on the scale. If you look good and feel good, you are making progress. Just keep up the healthy eating and lifestyle.
So, do not let the scale be your enemy. Don’t get sucked into the occasional hiccup in the gravitational pull over it. Keep on keeping on, and you will see results.