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.
We all need a little nudge every now and then. We, as humans, need a reason to do something, anything. We don’t just do things by chance. Some people are motivated by money, so they work hard to get some. Others are motivated by love. They will sacrifice it all to win the heart of the one whose caught their eye. For those of use on a mission to lose weight, we have to be motivated.
Now, it does not matter what the motivation is, you just have to have one. If you do not have you, get one. I know for me, I want to be healthy and be able to play with my grandkids one day. I want to enjoy life in a way that being severely overweight would hinder me from. I don’t want to have to live on medication to control the symptoms my unhealthy eating caused.
Your motivations might be similar to mine. Honestly, if you’re not motivated, you won’t do what it takes to lose weight successfully. I’ve been there; we all have. It is time to get sick and tired of being sick and tired. There are so many reasons to get healthy, not just for yourself, but for those who love you.
I know it is not easy. Some people, like myself, have a food addiction. This is a serious condition that makes losing weight more difficult. If that is you, I feel your pain. I plan to spend some time to get more in-depth into articles pertaining to that later. Either way, nothing worth having is ever easy.
Remember, nothing tastes as good as being at a healthy weight feels! Pull a Nike, and just do it! Get motivated!
Every great story starts with a defined beginning. Every journey starts with the first step. Life is a series of journeys. Starts, stops, beginnings, and ends. The weight loss journey is no different. Everyone’s journey is the same but very different. Most of my life was and still is filled with journeys around trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What does the beginning of a journey to lose weight look like? Simply put, it’s a desire to lose weight and get healthy. It’s a thought, a choice, and a decision. Day one is the starting line.
How we got to this decision to lose weight can be an array of different reasons. Maybe we have been overweight for years due to going through a rough patch in life. Some of us might have a food addiction where food controls our thoughts and feelings. Maybe you had a child and can’t seem to find time to get off those pounds, or maybe your doctor said your life is in jeopardy if you don’t.
Whatever the reason, just make the decision to begin and begin day one. There are tons of ways, theory’s and products out there that might help. The health, weight loss and fitness industry is huge and full of gimmicks. I will do my best to share ideas, opinions, and encouragement to help come along side and partner with you on this journey.
Lastly, remember, no one is perfect. Don’t expect yourself to be, and that’s OK. Every journey has some pot holes, and this trip will be no different. Relax, you can do this. Let’s just watch and see how it goes.