How your weight loss success story plays out is very dependent on you. Everyone’s weight loss journey is going to be slightly different. The stumbling blocks are going to be different from person to person. Some of these stumbling blocks could be:
- emotional eating
- picky eaters
- underlying medical problems
- the environment you are in
- time constraints
- long-ingrained habits
These are just some of the stumbling blocks and some people could be affected by all of them or maybe just a couple. This is why taking your own experiences into account while losing weight is so important.
Building Your Weight Loss Success Story
Just to say right from the beginning yo-yo dieting is not good for us. Healthline wrote an excellent article called, “10 Solid Reasons Why Yo-Yo Dieting Is Bad For You” and definitely worth a read. Now saying that yo-yo dieting is bad is not a reason to give up the idea of losing weight. Take these reasons into consideration and make it your mission to be on the sustaining end of weight loss instead…to your goal weight and beyond!
Over my several years of yo-yo dieting, I have seen a lot of reactions people have had to repetitive weight loss cycles. One of those is, “I’ve tried them all and none of them work”. The one thing I have always challenged myself, is to look at my previous weight loss attempts. What didn’t work for me in that instance and what did?
Embrace Your Experiences
Over the weight loss attempts, one key factor is to look at the experience as a “learned opportunity” instead of as a “failure”. You may not have reached your goal or maybe were unable to sustain it, but in truth, you learned so much more about yourself for the experience. Here are a few of mine:
- I can lose weight without exercising, but I lose it faster when I do!
- life is too short for fat-free salad dressing
- my health journey is a priority and I need to make that priority known to those around me
- boredom with food and exercise is a warning sign to change things up
- always have a plan B for exercise
- building healthy habits puts me on autopilot for good things
- reducing sugars and processed foods keep my appetite in check
- I will not deny myself of flavoured creamer in my coffee
- meditation has increased my awareness and focus with weight loss and life in general!
- this is a journey. Not a race or destination. There will be some bumps in the road.
When I have taken these experiences with me, it has definitely helped to build my weight loss success story. You can read about my personal experience here. In other words, I don’t look at each weight loss experience as a failure. As I have gone to the next weight loss attempt, I have thought about all my weight loss attempts-“what is working and what’s not”. And “what do I need to work on?” You know yourself better than anyone. It’s perfectly fine to get guidance from weight loss coaches or programs, but you know your past experiences. Make them count!
Just Starting Out?
Now, if you are just starting out with weight loss, you may not have these nuggets of wisdom you have built up over the years. You probably have a good idea of why the weight is increasing though. Concentrate on those things. If you don’t know the answers, seek out some help or advice. Using a coach, program or advice from your physician about where to turn is a good starting point. Also remember this point most of all. Weight loss can lead you to an ongoing healthy lifestyle. This makes this a journey and not a race or destination. Achieved weight loss is fantastic, but sustaining it, is the key! That’s why it’s a journey!
Go For It!
Build your own weight loss success story. Learn from people who know how to lose weight. Take your experiences with you along the way. Believe in your journey! You can do this!
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!