By Lisa Shaker-Knopp (LowFatLowCarb.com)
One of the most common issues that clients have is keeping up their weight loss process week after week. It gets hard to stay so strict and not give into the daily temptations of life. Everyone around you is eating what they want, and there you are, saying “no, no, no”! I have found that the “why?” you are on your journey is as important as the “how?”. Creating a momentum that you can stick to for all the right reasons.
Understanding the why can be a powerful motivator and create momentum. Why do you want to lose weight?Why is it so important to you? Is it to be a role model for your children, to feel good in your body, to be healthy, to fit into your old clothes, to finally feel you have what it takes to be attractive? Once you decide the reason you are sacrificing, it will become much easier to stick to your plan.
There are some tricks I have learned about how to keep up the momentum of your weight loss journey:
- Keep a detailed, daily journal. Writing down what you put in your mouth will keep you accountable to yourself and keep you on your mission.
- Have an accountability partner or system in place. It is too easy to give in when you don’t hit a specific goal, or you deviate and then you give in because of guilt or shame.
- Change your thoughts about food. Stop using food to soothe you, to comfort you, for stress release or for filling other areas of your life. Food should be for fuel, and vitality, as well as for health.
- Momentum does not mean being in a hurry. Set realistic time goals, but don’t rush this journey. It is more about learning your body, and your chemistry and being patient with your progress. Do what you can to keep the pace, but don’t have guilt if you make some choices that are off your plan. Just get back on your protocol, and keep pressing on.
- Don’t live in the past. If you have failed before, don’t let that stay with you. Let it go, and move into the here and now. What can you control now? Don’t let the past determine your future.
- Break down your goals into smaller steps. Sometimes the thought of having such a long journey can be overwhelming and stifling. You don’t have to do it all at once. Take baby steps in the right direction. Be focused on the end result, but take it one day at a time. One meal at a time. You will get there, eventually. That is what is important.
One of the definitions of momentum, according to Merriam-Webster, is “the strength or force that allows something to continue to grow stronger or faster as time passes.” I can tell you that if you will follow your goals, one day at at time, momentum can carry you to the finish line. I have seen it over and over, including in my own life. I believe that you can grow stronger and faster as time goes by.