Have you ever said to yourself or to someone else, “It is just weighing on me.” You may have said this phrase or something similar to it when you are feeling tired, are worried about something in your life, or are just feeling in a funk.
I believe that there are often things in our life that weigh us down emotionally and sometimes physically that can have an adverse affect on our weight loss progress.
For me, there were several things that weighed me down and made it difficult to successfully lose weight until I did two things.
1) Identified them
2) Had a strategy to help me deal with them.
Fortunately, I did not have physical limitations such as diabetes, serious illnesses, or thyroid problems to weigh me down, but I did have some other limitations – some of which were self-imposed.
I realized that I was allowing several things to weigh me down to the point of inactivity on the weight loss front. My top three things were:
1) Unrealistic expectations
3) Lack of willingness to make permanent change
When I began my final weight loss journey, I discovered these issues very soon into that process. I did have unrealistic expectations of how quickly or easily I would be able to lose weight. I knew I needed to lose over 150 pounds, but I secretly hoped it would only take a few months rather than over a year. I experienced some fear of failure because I had failed so many times in the past, and I was also finding it hard to acknowledge that I needed to make a permanent change when it came to my life or else I would never be able to maintain the weight loss.
To combat the issue of unrealistic expectations, I broke my weight loss down into 5 pound increments and tried to be thrilled with every 5 pound loss I had. (I say “tried to be thrilled” because even though I was happy I had lost 5 pounds, I wanted it to be more and more and more. In order to put the fear of failure behind me, I told myself that not trying again would be more of a failure than trying and failing. And to help myself make a permanent change I wrote down all the reasons that I was unhappy being morbidly obese and all the reasons that I had to lose half my size.
Although I had other things that tried to weigh me down during my journey, they were more minor in nature to me compared to the big three. Smaller things like worrying about loose skin, or worrying about what people would think of me after I lost the weight.
If you have ever struggled to stay motivated to be on a diet, I’d encourage you to really think about what may be weighing you down.
Have you identified things in your life that are trying to hinder your weight loss success? How do you handle them? Diane