Week three of Losing it in the Lou has ended and here are the results:
Meg: 208.2 (no change)
Craig: 219.8 (no change)
Really. I’m not joking and yes, this is real life.
I really do think our scale *might* be broken. After all, it has been through 3 moves between two states…. so I think I will be investing in a new scale this week.
The good news: I *know* I am making progress because I am feeling better and my clothes are fitting more loosely. Whether I’m losing pounds right now or not, I’m happy I am on this journey because I am already making much healthier choices in how I am fueling my body and how I am spending my time. I am moving and exercising my body MUCH more than I was before and being more intentional about the whole process. THAT feels good whether or not the number on the scale is moving downwards…
Most days I just want to do a quick wave of a magic wand and make all of my unwanted pounds vanish, a washboard stomach appear, or instantly have sculpted, muscular arms. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!?!?! Okay, okay, I know that’s not real life and that as appealing as it sounds to get what I want, when I want it, is actually not as rewarding as I might think it would be. As a Life Coach, I know that my desire for instant gratification can actually hinder my progress to live a healthier life. However, with a little shift in my thinking and patience, I can slow down that driving need for instant results, be patient, but still see progress in my weight loss journey! Okay, friends…. come along with me as we talk about a few ways to help me (and you) stay patient in your weight loss journey.
Tips For Staying Patient In Your Weight Loss Journey
Break your big goal into little goals.
If weight loss is your goal, it’s great to have an ideal weight that you are targeting, but then break that goal down into smaller goals for each individual week. Be realistic. You might say, “I want to lose 30 pounds in the next three months, but for this week, I’d like to get down two pounds.” And during that week, only think about that two-pound weight loss. Don’t think about how far you have to go, or how long you think it might take, just concentrate on losing those next two pounds. You are allowing yourself to win—and hit a goal within a week’s time frame, which helps your need for results. Plus, slowly chipping away at your weight is a healthier and more sustainable plan. If your goal isn’t weight loss, but it is to be more fit or toned, you can use smaller goals to meet your bigger goal. Each week, make your workout a little more challenging, with more reps, heavier weights, a longer work out time or a higher intensity. Make each new week an opportunity to set and hit a new, small goal.
You see an old picture of yourself when you were thinner. You know you don’t look like that anymore, so you decide to try some radical diet so you can regain your old self faster. Sure, some people do drop lots of weight from crash diets, but they don’t feel better, the results don’t last and they don’t learn anything about living healthier in the process. Give yourself a little break. Acknowledge that the pounds crept on slowly when you weren’t paying attention, and now they can come off slowly as you start to pay attention. With a healthy eating plan and exercise, you will immediately reap the results of feeling more energized and gain the sense of accomplishment that comes from doing the real work and seeing real results.
Change your limits.
Back to that magic wand: if you had one, you wouldn’t have the exhilarating feeling that comes from the discovery that you can do more than you thought you could. Think about how you feel when you finish an intense workout, run a mile when you never have before, finish a new weight lifting routine, or venture to a new fitness class you haven’t tried before. You gain a sense of accomplishment. You feel dedicated. Muscles are sore that you didn’t even know you had. Soon, you get excited to see what your results might be if you keep it up. When you surprise yourself, it will motivate you to keep going—or set your sights higher. You see results and gain the confidence to take on new challenges.
You find out you don’t need shortcuts.
You create your own magic in the process!
Lack of patience is typically what causes us to turn to fad diets, other quick-fixes or insane workout schedules that can’t be maintained for a lifetime. Our focus needs to be on developing healthy habits that promote an overall healthy lifestyle. After all, weight loss is a pretty amazing side effect of being healthy! This perspective is what separates successful weight loss strategies from those destined to fail and I totally 100% want to be SUCCESSFUL as much as I want the same outcome for YOU!
Let’s do this and ROCK week 4!