Last week we talked about how to set wellness goals and achieve them. But just like any with a race, there comes the point when one can get discouraged and think about giving up. Weight loss is one of the most common goals that people set for themselves when entering a new year.
Weight loss targets can also be the most difficult to reach. This is because issues with motivation, willpower, and focus can make even the most realistic weight loss goals seem unreachable. I’ve found one of the best ways to stay focused on losing weight is to draw inspiration from the encouraging words of others who have been able to accomplish amazing feats.
You can achieve your weight loss goals. That is a fact. But if you think it’s impossible, then the road will be a long one. One thing that I’ve found helpful is looking at the weight loss journeys of others and seeing what you want for yourself in them.
There’s a great motivational group on Facebook called “Low Carb and Losing it.” Even if you don’t want to embrace the low carb/keto lifestyle, you can draw inspiration from the before and afters, success stories, and even make connections with others who are traveling the same road. If social media isn’t your thing, you can read motivational weight blogs, research natural weight loss remedies, and recipes, and keep a success journal to track your triumphs, big and small. Just make sure that that you leave the ‘i-m’ and focus on the ‘p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e’ as you move along.
Even with a positive attitude and the right amount of motivation, losing weight doesn’t always go as planned. There will be times when you reach ‘bumps’ in the road and think, “what do I do next?”
Maybe the meal plan you selected isn’t working out or your work schedule changed and you’re having a hard time getting to the gym. You can expect these kinds of struggles. But instead of using them as excuses to give up on losing weight, find ways to adjust your sails. Sit down and create a new meal plan, find a new gym that’s open later, remembering that challenges are normal.
For some people, losing weight and keeping it off isn’t hard at all. For others, it becomes a life-long struggle. With obesity rates rising, it would seem that more and more people would be looking to lose weight, but new research shows that it’s actually the opposite. Because weight loss can be so difficult, many Americans are giving up on losing weight altogether.
Struggling with weight loss, motivation, fill in the ________ doesn’t make you less than. Though it might not feel good at the moment, it is our struggles that give us a success story to tell. The trick is building endurance and finding the right tools. The tools that allow you to feel the push back of the wind and take off anyway.
Piggybacking off the last quote, I know a woman who has struggled for years with weight loss and staying motivated. She really wants to lose weight, she even sets goals and gives it a good go for a while. But the second things get tough and she makes a mistake, she gives up. I think most of us can relate somewhat in one area or another. Losing weight can be hard. When you choose to go the natural route using diet, exercise, and organic tools, you’ll probably mess up. But as long as you see your goals through, weight loss mess-ups don’t matter.
Let’s say you made the decision to cut back on carbs a few weeks ago but at your church luncheon, you gave in and had a piece of cake. Or maybe you’re trying to drink less but failed miserably during a girl’s night out. What is your next move? Do you say forget weight loss and have a second piece or a 4th, 5th, or 6th drink because ‘hey, I’ve already messed up’? If so, that’s the biggest mistake you can mistake regarding your weight loss goals.
Michael Jordan is the most successful basketball player of all-time regardless of his 9,000 misses. You can achieve your weight loss goals even if you mess up every now and then. Look at each day as a fresh start and focus on meeting current challenges instead of focusing on past mistakes when losing weight.
Not your negative thoughts, not your slow metabolism, not your clumsiness at the gym or your aversion to anything green. If you truly want to lose weight and refuse to give up even with the voices say, “you’ll never be slim”, you will reach your weight loss goals. But just like the book of James scripture says, faith without works is dead. Set your goals, do the work and in no time, you’ll be living life as your best self. Hopefully, weight loss will be a part of that!
What is your favorite motivational quote? Share with me on Twitter so I can draw inspiration from your motivators as well!
And as always, have a beauTEAful day.
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