How are you doing with your weight loss resolution?
Goring great guns, or just plain gone? If you’re already giving up or feel, “so over my weight loss resolution,” let me offer a little resolution rescue. Chances are your desire to lose weight is still there, but the motivation to stick to your weight loss program isn’t.
What happens to motivation? Why is it so hard to stay motivated?
Motivation often succumbs to reality. The expectation is weight loss is easy. “All I have to do is cut out snacks, sweets, fatty and fried foods, eat smaller servings and join the gym. Simple! Anybody can do that!” The reality is unconscious incompetence makes it seem like weight loss will be easy, but it turns out, the only easy thing about weight loss is planning what to do to lose weight. Doing those things are much harder but you don’t know how much harder until you actually try to do them. Things that make weight loss hard are everywhere. Some are internal (they come from you) Maybe:
- You’re hungry
- You don’t have willpower
- You don’t have time in the morning to make a low cal lunch
- You’re tired of eating skimpy, bland, frozen entrees
- You don’t know what to do when you get to the gym
- Your friends encourage you to join them when they go out to lunch
- Family members eat their ice cream and chips in front of you.
- There are always cookies,candies, and pastries in the break room where you work
- Your friends tell you you’re no fun when you’re on a diet
Here is how to rescue your resolution now that you know it’s not going to be as easy as you thought. Make a new plan that addresses your challenges. How can you redesign your food plan to allow you to avoid hunger? What strategies may help you stay dedicated when you feel tempted to stray or quit? What will be your defense against elements in your environment that influence your behavior? How can you live peacefully among your family, friends, and co-workers while you lose weight? The influence of unsupportive people diminishes the more you surround yourself with supportive people. The idea of group support meetings may sound inconvenient, boring, and just not necessary but you could be surprised. There’s a reason why so many people found lasting success by attending a weekly Weight Watchers meeting. If you live in Maine you can check out a meeting for free with no pressure or obligation to join. Weight loss doesn’t have to be a dream for you. It can be a reality. Weight loss isn’t something you’re born knowing how to achieve. It’s a skill you can learn. If you refuse to quit and keep learning from your mistakes (and mistakes are part of any learning process) you will be successful!