It’s human nature to want more of a good thing, right? So why is it that so many of us that have struggled with keeping the weight off that we worked so hard to lose? We had the fire burning fierce at the beginning. Our eating was spot-on and we hit the gym determined to throw down as hard as we possibly could.
The plan was working! We were losing the weight and starting to feel good and look better. People noticed the changes and compliments started to roll in. But then we hit a wall without knowing why we were done.
In my own personal experience it could take anywhere from 3 to 6 months before I fell back into the old bad habits. Was it ADHD? Was it short-term memory loss? Did I forget how horrible I felt and how miserable I was in my own skin? What was it that caused me to yo-yo once again? I must be bound for failure – destined to be fat.
We’ve seen it from some of the Biggest Loser “winners.” They lost all that weight on the ranch only to gain it all back. After they win they become an instant celebrity, scheduled for talk shows and are speakers at big events. But what happens when all the confetti falls to the floor, and the new winner is crowned? The motivation isn’t there anymore and the weight comes back on.
I love my facebook friends, and I love the support that we give each other. We motivate each other and compliment each other on weekly weigh-ins and goals that are met. But what happens after those goals have been met? What happens when the rush of that loss isn’t there anymore? What are you going to do to keep yourself motivated? What will make you stay in it for the long haul?
I am now approaching my 3 year anniversary of transforming my life with a 200 pound weight loss. People ask me all the time, “How do you keep going?” The way that I keep myself motivated and keep that fire lit is by trying new things and planning new goals that aren’t scale related. I’ve replaced the scale related goals with new ones; such as perfecting a new dance or step class, or training for and then running and completing my first 10K, or beating my personal best on the bench press. I think that it is so important to constantly challenge yourself.
Keep it fresh and new. Keep reaching for a new personal best whether it’s perfecting the art of eating clean or learning a new cardio class like kickboxing. It is within our reach to keep the weight off. You just have to reach down deep and find out what it is that will keep the fire burning each and every day.