Terri’s View: Sometimes it’s very easy to get into a bad mental place. I think things like: I have stress, I’m overweight, I’ve tried everything and no matter what I do I can’t lose weight. These are common excuses that we’ve all used. I always feel that I can only move forward with the future and not beat myself up over the past. Once you start your journey and start seeing results, it becomes much easier to stay positive and focused on the goal ahead. After maintaining my goal weight for over 2 years, I still let myself think negative thoughts and have my battles. I am definitely a stress eater and an emotional eater, so lately I have been struggling. I am still many pounds heavier than my lowest weight, and am working on get my weight down, especially before the holidays are upon us.
I try to look at how far I have come and know that this is the rest of my life. I try to move on when I overindulge and take each day one at a time. A healthy lifestyle and right choices are a conscience mental effort. A lot of ways to lose weight are just tricks for the brain to fool your body. Using smaller plates, drinking water to feel full, loading up on veggies and making the plate look abundant. These are all tricks I use to fool myself.
Weight loss is all mental. Well, except at certain times of the month when I know it’s my body craving chocolate and no matter what I try to do to fool my brain, my body won’t let my brain make sensible decisions. Staying positive is a choice. Not just about weight loss, but for anything in life.
Ed’s View: Taking a negative and making it into a positive can be a big advantage. Losing weight and maintaining weight loss is still a battle and will always be.
I know a person that finds an excuse at every turn to avoid making an effort to help himself. This person does have some health concerns, but is not to the point that he is unable workout. In fact, he goes to physical therapy sessions that are issued by his doctor.
I try to explain that if the doctor is telling him to exercise, then he may want to join a gym and do a light workout program. At this point I hear excuse after excuse, and this really gets me wanting to go to the gym more and reinforces my choices to eat better and continue my path.
Still it is the choices that we make every day; eat right or cheat, go to the gym or skip the gym. These choices are part of everyday life. I am motivated everyday by putting on a pair of jeans that 3 short years ago would have only fit around my one leg. I see the positive in the gym. I look at people that are overweight and are just starting their journey and I hope to continue to see them at the gym. I hope they also keep the determination to lose the weight and keep it off.
I hope you see that a negative can sometimes be a very strong positive. It is all in the way you can process the information and how you can use it to your advantage. Until next time, I wish you good luck and continued success on your journey.