It can be frustrating to not achieve the weight loss goals you have set out for yourself. Often you might see this as a failure and a reflection of who you are as a person. You therefore develop a negative internal monologue with yourself that tends to only perpetuate weight gain or the inability to lose weight. Bullying yourself is not the way to long lasting weight loss, nor is it part of a healthy lifestyle.
Many times the roadblocks in the journey to weight loss are not a lack of nutrition education or even support, but rather they are barriers you put up in your own psyche that prevents you from moving forward. Your emotional health is key to your physical health, and talking yourself down will not lead to success. How many times have you eaten what you consider “poorly” or not in keeping with your “diet plan” throughout the first half of the day, and your inner voice starts bullying you saying, “You can’t even make it a few hours without eating unhealthy” or “Can’t you stick to anything? You’re such a failure! You’ll never lose weight!” The disappoint that accompanies these thoughts almost always leads to more unhealthy choices throughout the rest of the day.
Instead of criticizing yourself, be your own cheerleader. The day is not ruined if you chose to eat a bagel for breakfast instead of oatmeal. Tell yourself it is OK and move on. There are so many more things to the day than what you eat. Food should only be a part of your life, not what controls it. The more you can shift your mind from the negative to focusing on all the great things about what you do in a day, the more success you are sure to have on your weight loss journey.
Support from others is great and is a key piece in the weight loss puzzle, but the support you give yourself is equally if not more important. After all, you are on this journey for you and nobody else, and while weight loss is great, achieving happiness and a sense of peace with the way you maintain a healthy lifestyle is even better.
Please share with me at least 1 thing you are proud of that you did today!