The Ups and Downs of Long Term Weight Loss

The Ups and Downs of Long Term Weight LossThe single hardest thing when attempting to lose weight is the number on the scale. Little tiny choices in your daily life can make that number go up or down.

Examples:

  • Beer instead of water
  • fries instead of carrots
  • ground beef vs. ground turkey
  • sleep for an extra 1/2 hour, or walk for 1/2 hour

Choices like these can make the difference of +2 or -2 lbs. in a week’s time. Why is it so easy to make the wrong choice every day when you KNOW that it’s wrong? How come when you make right choices every day, it’s an extremely intentional, conscious effort, and the days are marked clearly on the calendar and in your head? But, when you don’t, and you let the bad choices choose you, days turn into weeks that turn into months, and then you look up and a half a year is gone and you’ve gained all the weight back that you just lost. So how do people lose weight and keep it off? That is the real question.

Is it magic? No, it’s consistency. There are four components you need to lose weight:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Small & large personal, meaningful rewards
  • Support

Out of those four, which do YOU think is the most important? I’m sure we could all argue that each one has its place, or that each of us struggle with one over the other. I would argue that a support group is the most important, because it’s the only component that can give you the other three.

A support group, a family, friends, whatever you want to call it, is the one thing that ties them all together, that lets you achieve what you absolutely need for long-term success, which is a new lifestyle.

For over 20 years, I’ve struggled with my weight: different diets, different programs, different empty rewards, and usually with no support – because, “I didn’t need it.” For the last four years, my weight has still fluctuated up and down, but my losses have been greater, and my gains have diminished.

It was hard for me to trust other people, to share the embarrassment that weight gain caused me, and stripped me of my self esteem. I was afraid to tell somebody that I was on a diet or exercising again, because I didn’t want them to see that I had tried again, and failed again. Turning 40 was a milestone in my life. I was going to give it one more try, but again wasn’t going to tell anybody, and I thought maybe this time would be different.

I began working out with P90X, and what I didn’t know was it came with a giant community of friends and family who were there to support me. They all had the same problem I had. Weight loss isn’t just about a number on a scale. It’s about daily life, daily choices and consistency.

If you struggle with weight loss, find a support system – the bigger the better. My Beachbody family is the reason that I keep getting up, every time I get knocked down. If you’re struggling, I want to help you. Contact me and let’s make a plan for your long-term weight loss.

 

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