Let’s face it. Losing weight is a big challenge for a lot of us. Even when we get there, keeping it off is another challenge. However, there are things that we should keep in mind about our approach and perspective when we make the decision to lose the weight. I came across an article in the Daily Herald that gives some excellent pointers and ideas on how you might want to act and think in regards to your weight loss. More than a few hit home for me.
- Easy does it: Diets cause weight loss, not the means to maintain that weight loss. That’s especially true for rigid, quirky diets. Nobody can subsist on cabbage soup or boiled eggs indefinitely. Sooner or later, the dieter falls back on the behaviors that led to the weight gain in the first place.
- So make sure you enjoy the food you’ll be eating and the exercise you’ll be doing during your weight loss, because you should plan on doing it (with minor variations) for the rest of your life. After all, who wants to waste time on something that’s destined to fail?
- Roll through the rough spots: Rough spots are a part of life, so we need to accept that fact if we want to stay committed to our fitness intentions.
- Bench the judge: Let go of harsh judgment about your performance with weight loss and fitness. Punishing yourself is the quickest way to get derailed and lose commitment. Focus on praising yourself for your efforts and achievements.
- Be real: There’s no room for perfectionist expectations in life because life isn’t perfect. If goals and expectations are realistic, staying committed becomes possible.
- Be a perpetual student: We learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. Therefore, we shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes or to face them. The key is to own your mistakes, not beat yourself up over them.