Written By: Barbara Baristow
So, you have been on your weight loss journey for a few months, things have been going well, and now…well…this is not fun anymore.
You find yourself thinking ”I am getting bored, I am not seeing the results fast enough, I want to quit.” These are common feelings people have when embarking on any journey that is time consuming, requires lifestyle changes and is lengthy. These feelings are part of the journey. These are the feelings that you must overcome. If you do not, they will place you back at the beginning without achieving your goal or the change you wanted. Thus…the cycle begins again.
Instead of looking at the long term or the outcome or the end-goal, you must focus on the HERE and NOW and the process. Your long term goal will happen with the daily changes you are making. What are the daily changes? What are you learning, what are the changes you’ve seen, how is your life different/better, where would you be if you hadn’t started, what will happen if you quit? Self reflecting, journaling and being with others who have the same or similar lifestyle as you will be an asset to you as you move forward.
The misconception is that you don’t want to view this journey as a diet, a quick fix, a temporary disengagement from regular activities. Nothing is farther from the truth. Do not single yourself out and make it difficult for yourself. The idea is to embrace a new lifestyle, to welcome the changes, to learn the adjustments, to fit in your new habits, to rid yourself of damaging habits, to learn how to be strong and how to make your new routine work in any situation…this journey is about change. It is not about going back. Going back means this WAS just a “diet” a “quick fix” and is temporary. Remember, it was never any of those…it was all about you and living your best life… permanently.
Several of our blogs talk about your “why” and the people around you. Are you beginning to see how important they are? You decided on a lifestyle change, to not be where you currently are, to conquer or overcome your “why” in your life. When you feel like giving up, remember it is just another step to your success that will challenge you. Enjoy the benefits of what you are doing, the journey, and to not long for the lifestyle you have left behind. Take a moment to reflect on all your positive outcomes and continue on.
Always remember…your COACHES are there to help you navigate through.
“The past is over, the future is not here, today is what counts”