We talked Monday and Tuesday about the illogical thought processes that many of us have when it comes to losing weight. I would be the first one to raise my hand and say, “I did all those crazy things when it came to food and lived to tell about it.”
I thought a good follow up to that post would be to offer some encouragement and advice for all of us on what to do when you falter. Because unless you are Wonder Woman or Super Man, you are going to falter.
It may come early in your weight loss experience as mine often did. I’d start out with great intentions on a Monday morning and be stuffing my face with chocolate cake on Friday afternoon. You may do well for the first few weeks and then begin to feel less enthusiastic and want to give up. Or, if you have a lot of weight to lose, there may be many times along the way where you falter and stumble.
No worries though. A falter or two or three or twenty-five does not mean you will never get there. There was not one single time during my 10 year period of obesity where I did not falter when trying to lose weight. Hence my extreme familiarity with Weight Watchers and other popular diet programs. I tried and failed at them all.
When I faltered, I never picked myself up and got going again. Instead I faltered, stumbled, and crashed and burned.
Fortunately, as I said before, all is not lost if you falter, as long as you do get back up and try again. As you work through your weight issues and find yourself faltering, here are three things to think about:
It takes time to lose weight and you will have periods of time where things aren’t always easy or simple. Accepting ups and downs as part of the process will only serve to help you move forward rather than beating yourself up for making mistakes.
Think about it like this. For each mistake you make in the short-term, you are practicing how you will handle mistakes for the long-term. If I never faltered in my 150 pound weight loss, how would I have learned to handle slip-ups that happened once I got to a healthy weight? I likely would not have.
So embrace the process, learn from those slip-ups and try not to keep repeating the same mistake over and over again.
The great thing about our lives is that we often have second, third, fourth, and hundredth chances. Not always – but a lot of times we do get to try again. So if you are in a period of less-than-stellar living, it is never too late to fix it.
I’d encourage you to not wait too long to get back on track because the longer you wait, the harder it can be.
Inspiration is all around you. Find inspiration in a picture of yourself you love, in feeling stronger when you have to pick up heavy objects, in being able to cook a healthy dish you never would have tried before, or from other successful losers.
Inspire yourself to get back on track by setting goals for yourself, rewarding yourself along the way, and remembering why you started this whole process in the first place. Be your own inspiration.
Faltering is just a word, not a permanent sentence to being overweight or obese. I am forever grateful that even though I faltered time and time again while trying to lose weight, I never gave up completely, I found inspiration within myself, and I learned from my previous mistakes. You can too!
How do you handle it when you falter? What did you learn? Diane