When we set out to lose weight, there are two different things happening.
First, there’s what we think should be happening. You start working out, eating salads, doing All The Things to lose weight…and those things are hard, right?
We sacrifice the foods we enjoy, grit our teeth through temptation, sweat and grunt and burn during our workouts. At the end of the day, we’re triumphant and exhausted for all our hard work and it feels like we should see something for those efforts, at the very least, a few pounds gone on the scale.
After a few days or weeks of this, you feel like you should see some massive progress right? And you’re not wrong to want that. You deserve it.
So, that’s thing number one.
The second thing that’s happening is going on with how your body approaches weight loss.
As you workout and eat less and do All The Things, your body is not thinking –
“Dang, I’m dropping this weight like a hot brick!”
Your body is more like -“Well, I need some time to get used to what you’re doing and then, when I do, I’m going to lose about a fraction of a pound for every pound you think you should be losing. Now let me get back to growing more mitochondria.”
It’s just how the human body works…
Weight Loss is Slooooow
The thing is, the scale can’t measure everything you’re accomplishing and it may be weeks or months before you see significant changes.
When we see very little movement on the scale, we start feeling that we sacrificed something, that we missed out on something – That causes the problem.
If you feel that way, you may end up wondering:
Do I have to keep this up every day? And for what?
For weight loss to work permanently, there has to be a sense of rightness in what you’re doing. A sense of power when you realize you really don’t need that afternoon donut to make life worth living.
A sense of satisfaction when you move your body in a new way. If it feels like a chore, like a sacrifice, if you have to white-knuckle it through every choice, how long can you keep it up?
Enjoying exercise and healthy eating really is possible and it starts by learning about yourself.
- What are your goals and what do they mean to you?
- What’s your motivation and what are the obstacles that stand in your way?
- Do you really understand the role of exercise in weight loss?
- Is emotional eating keeping you from enjoying healthy foods?
The thing is, if you’re white-knuckling it through the weight loss process, nothing’s going to stick. You have to be invested in the choices you’re making so you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
So, here’s a question for you: What if you just let go? Stopped trying to control everything? What if you just did it and see what happens?
You may be surprised.