Hello there. No time no post huh? It’s been a rough couple of months in terms of weight loss efforts. I’m not going to lie; I’ve been having a tough time trying to keep up with better eating habits, creating an effective exercise plan that I won’t be bored within 2 weeks, and staying away from certain substances (cough energy drinks cough). With this and other personal issues, I’ve lost motivation in this.
Most of us know losing weight is not easy. You need to change your lifestyle to see results and sometimes it’s much harder to trek into that new life without knowing. Sure, you know that the end result means you will be lighter and healthier but what about after that?
I think so many people gain back after losing it return back to the eating habits that they had before they went on their weight loss journey. They’ve solved their physical selves but their mentality is short lived. Shows like The Biggest Loser and My 600LB Life shows the struggles of losing the pounds and later on when you follow up with participants some of these people gained back the weight. The motivation to get healthy is gone. So what’s the point in doing all of this when you know the odds are stacked up against you?
This is the mentality that I’ve had for years when it comes to my own weight loss. I’ve heard that little voice in my head saying that it’s not worth the effort and frustration to deal with all the stress. That same voice is telling me all of this:
“You’ve only got one life to live. Go have fun with it!”
“You don’t need to change. Society needs to stop being so judgemental!”
“Doing so much exercise is bad for your body. You don’t want to overexert yourself!”
“If you lose all this weight you’re going to have to buy a whole new wardrobe. You won’t be able to wear your favorite jeans you just got last month!” (Please tell me I’m not the only person that thinks like this)
“You’ll lose whatever friends you have left!” (This has actually happened to me years ago but that’s another post…)
I’m hearing all those thoughts in my head and thinking because I’ve been in this body for so long I should just accept my fate. It would be easier to do than strict eating and exercise. But then there’s another voice that I hear:
“You’re better than this!”
This is where I am now currently. I know I can do better. When it comes to work I know that I can do more if I keep it up. Weight loss is NOT easy. It’s not easy to change a mentality that you’ve had for most of your life. It’s not easy to wake up one day and decide to make such changes to your life. But maybe because it’s not easy that’s why the awards are so great. I need to look past the short-term stress and see the long-term rewards I will receive once I get to my goal.
Weight loss can be scary since you’re getting out of your comfort zone. It’s scary to put yourself out there and subject yourself to possible failure. I have to keep reminding myself that doing easy things won’t allow me to grow. I won’t grow strong muscles if I don’t move. I won’t get needed vitamins if I don’t eat the right foods. I won’t change anything if I stay in the same place. Having this voice in my head is bringing back motivation to keep going.