Fairy-tale world weight loss vs. Real-world weight loss
In fairy-tale world weight loss, we would all like to get on the scale every morning and see it go down even if it’s only by a tenth of a pound. Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee. Everyone is setting their new years’ goals, figuring out hopes dreams and ambitions. Usually at the top of the list is weight loss. However, in the real world, you most definitely will have your ups and downs.
Yo-yo diet? No. Not at all. It’s a naturally occurring process of weight loss that is not a steady decline, but rather an ebb and flow of your body’s work to lose fat, manage fluids, retain muscle tone and balance hormones. There’s an awful lot going on in our bodies. Remembering this solid truth will keep you from losing your everloving mind? as you go through the process of losing weight.
Fluctuating weight doesn’t have to drive you crazy
Fluctuating weight becomes more erratic as we age. Our metabolism slows down and the motivation for exercise wanes. Moving our becomes challenging due to arthritis, excess weight and other concerns. Naturally, this wreaks havoc on our effort and motivation to stick to a weight loss plan.
When you step on the scale, are you holding your breath thinking to yourself, “If I haven’t lost at least 3 lbs. I’m gonna be so frustrated.” Or do you look in the mirror and think if I just walked further, or ran longer.
Well hold up just a minute here and let me ask you this: Would you talk to your best friend or your loved ones the way you are talking to yourself?
I seriously doubt it. You would probably try to say something more encouraging like, “It’s alright, today is a new day.” Or “Don’t give up, your hard work will pay off soon.”
This is HUGE!
One of the most powerful tools you have is how you perceive your personal progress. This is huge so pay close attention. We all have a hormone called cortisol. It’s our stress hormone that slows weight loss when it’s too high. Think belly fat. When we use negative self-talk and when we are excessively critical of ourselves what do you think that does to our cortisol levels? If you guessed raised them, then you scored bonus points. So it’s important to say to yourself, “Yesterday’s walk was good, I’m looking forward to today’s walk.” instead of, ” I only walked ten minutes yesterday.”
Weight loss is as much a mental discipline as it is physical. You can make things better by changing your mind’s way of perceiving your efforts. Any effort you make is progress, any step you take forward on your journey is an accomplishment. When your mind realizes how important positivity is your stress level lowers and weight loss doesn’t have to be a hard as some would have you believe. If you are saying, “I have been on this plateau for weeks and I might not ever get off this plateau”. Your body here’s this conversation and believes this is true.
This brings us to progress reports
If you’re weighing every day because you can’t help yourself, then you will need to be extra patient.
Furthermore, go ahead and create a record/chart so you can see the natural ups and downs of your progress. Staying out of a fairytale weight loss world is important when trying to reach those goals.
Charting your progress will keep you in tune with what is working and what is holding you back. Remember to jot a note to yourself nudging you forward with gentle encouragement. “You got this.”
Baby steps lead to feet and feet lead to yards and yards lead to miles. So, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward. Celebrate every single time you make a move forward toward your goals.
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I’m Karen with Embracing Aging
Reminding you to embrace your age
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