On my Facebook page the other day I asked everyone what the hardest thing about weight loss is. I got a variety of answers including:
♦ Not gaining it back
♦ Staying motivated
♦ Keeping your mojo going when the weight loss process gets tedious or hard
♦ Realizing your new lifestyle has to be a lifelong change
Honestly, this answer changes person to person and often changes during an individual’s weight loss journey. During most of my unsuccessful weight loss efforts, I found that the hardest part of losing weight was just getting started on the right foot. Instead of being committed to the program I was trying to follow, I dreamed up ways to get around the program’s “rules” and never got started on the right foot. I also found it very hard tostay motivated for very long. I quit before I really even got started, and I did this time after time after time.
The final time I think that the hardest thing for me was to accept that I had to live differently forever. I knew that my Fit to the Finish plan was working for me, so staying motivated while losing weight was not all that difficult, but realizing that I had to live like this forever was a thought that I had to constantly remind myself of. I learned to avoid saying “When I lose weight I can have all the Breyer’s ice cream I want.” I learned to not plan all the delicious foods I would eat “after weight loss.”
Instead I constantly reminded myself that I started this road to healthier living to live a more full life, to be a more energetic and positive mom to my kids, to look and feel better about myself, and to be healthier.
I tried to turn the “hard thing” about weight loss into a positive thing. Yes, it was going to be hard to live differently forever, but the shift was also going to help me improve my life in so many areas.
Before you answer this question, I’d challenge and encourage you to try and turn whatever answer you first think of into a positive thing.
So what’s the hardest thing about losing weight for you? Diane