It’s likely that you went back to work after the New Year and found yourself surrounded by friends and co-workers who were on a diet or trying a new workout routine. Maybe you were one of those people and maybe you have high hopes of sticking to those goals for this year. Congratulations to you if you are one of them. Just deciding to commit to something like that is a hard decision in itself. But why do some people lose weight and not others?
I must say though that January is the easy month to stay on track. Everyone is with you still. The grocery stores are promoting healthy foods. The clothing stores have all of the fitness gear right up front and everyone just really seems to want to get fit.
Then life sets in. February and March get here and lots of those friends who were wanting to get salads with you for lunch are now suggesting Pizza Hut instead. Somewhere between the New Year and spring break they are going to lose the motivation to accomplish those goals they originally set for themselves.
What Is It?
It makes you question what is it? What is it that is different about the people who accomplish serious weight loss goals in a year versus the people who just can’t seem to stick with it? Is it that they didn’t want it bad enough? Didn’t know how to do it? Didn’t have enough support? In reality it is probably a bit of all of those things, but I wanted to share with you some things I have noticed in my three years of being a health and fitness coach that seem to make a huge difference.
I have been lucky enough to support many women on long term weight loss journeys. That journey is very different than for someone to drop 5 – 10 lbs. What is the difference? They have hit the state of rock bottom. The place where they want to change more than they want to stay the same. These people often have finally asked for help from someone who has experience with helping people with weight loss. They got sick of trying to figure out on their own what works without having someone show them the way. They were hungry to learn better habits and they were willing to show up even when they didn’t feel like it.
They pushed through days of weight loss plateaus. They showed up even when nobody did. They noticed their transformation. They refused to quit. They learned to overcome lifetime struggles with food relationships and they learned how to change how they feel about themselves when they look in the mirror. These people have learned to walk a really truly hard road that many never can seem to stay on.
It’s All About the Journey
One of the things that I think really helps is that they take satisfaction in the journey rather than focusing on the destination. When I am helping women on this path I work really hard with them to keep the focus on who they are becoming along the way instead of who they think they will be when they get there. When you only focus on the 60 pound goal or the big picture it robs you from the joy of accomplishing the 20 or 30 pound loss. Which is an extremely significant accomplishment to be proud of!
If you find that you are on this journey right now and you are only a few weeks into it, my advice would be to take some time to reflect and celebrate what you have accomplished so far aside from just dropping pounds. What is making you feel proud? What successes can you celebrate? Then break your goal into short term steps. Before you know it a few short terms goal accomplishments is going to take you to a level of serious results in one years time.
Lastly I would end with this. Sometimes we just need someone to help us. Someone to keep us accountable. Many of you are very smart women who understand nutrition and fitness and know what you have to do, you simply have trouble doing it. Realize you are not alone. Be smart enough to ask for some extra accountability and help. Those goals will be closer than you think if you’re willing to let someone lead you.
May 2017 be the year you stick to your goals! All the best to you!
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