We've either been there ourselves, or have had friends or family who've been there: the struggle of that never-ending weight loss journey. Every story is different, but they usually share similar elements of demotivation and temptation. The reason so many weight loss stories don't become successful weight loss stories is because losing weight is hard. And that's the truth. Pure and simple: it's hard.
The journey can be likened to climbing a very big mountain. Trying to get to the peak in a day is an unrealistic expectation to put on oneself, but nevertheless it happens - sometimes we just want to get to the top already. Of course, everyone's story will be uniquely theirs, but here are three tips that may help you get closer to getting the success story you deserve:
1. Start With Small Goals
Remind yourself that losing weight is a process. It won't happen overnight, but with perseverance and ongoing commitment, it will happen eventually. Like the mountain, if you keep at it, you will eventually get to the peak. But instead of setting yourself the goal of "reaching the top", break it down to smaller goals that you can achieve in a shorter duration of time. For instance, if you're coming from never having exercised at all, you can set the goal of working out 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Then when you get comfortable, change it up and try to workout 30 minutes with less breaks in between.
2. Record Progress
Having a record of your achievements is a great way to show yourself how far you've come. Being able to measure your small victories will be an indispensable motivator to keep you moving towards your weight loss goals. As humans, we often tend to be too hard on ourselves, so if we can't prove to ourselves that we actually HAVE been
3. Turn it into a Lifestyle
Losing weight is not an impossible feat - it has done many times, by many people. The real challenge is keeping the weight off. The only foolproof way of doing this is by incorporating the journey into our lifestyle. Just because you've reached your goal weight, it doesn't give you a free pass to fall back into bad patterns and old habits. One bad day doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Mentally prepare yourself with the fact that you will have to continue to make better food, detox ;) and fitness choices for the rest of your life.
One bad day and one bad choice shouldn't derail your whole journey and make you take the ski lift back down the mountain. The key is to be kind enough to yourself so you can allow yourself some room to stumble. And always, always, remember that a stumble won't stop you from getting up that mountain if you choose to keep climbing in spite of it. Seek positivity, Cuppies!