Sometimes the weight loss journey seems endless doesn’t it? It did for me. Whether I was at the point early in my marriage where I had gained 35 pounds, or later on, when I had gained 150 pounds, the goal seemed just as far away. And although the 150 pound goal was father away, my perception didn’t change.
I’d never get there.
Do you feel that way sometimes? All your weekly hard work results in such small losses on the scale that it is tempting to give up and have some ice cream. Exercising for three days in a row should cause us to lose at least 5 pounds shouldn’t it?
For me, the problem was expectations. In my daily life, I expected that when I did something I would see results very quickly. At work, making calls resulted in action, not stagnation.
As you are traveling your weight loss road, I’d encourage you to think of your goal weight as the starting point, not the ending point. Reaching my goal started me on a new journey that has been filled with wonderful experiences I may have missed at 300 pounds.
The thought of starting your journey at your goal weight makes you think differently doesn’t it? It did for me. The weight loss journey can be a long one, or it can be short, depending on your goals and objectives. My journey into obesity took 10 years, and although I had great times and memories along the way, being obese was difficult.
As you lose weight, try hard to remember there is life after weight loss. What will that life look like? Will you go back to old eating habits and regain your weight? Will you start a new career, begin a family or like me, have more children? Will there be things you will participate in then, that that you don’t feel comfortable doing now? If so, what? For me, I wanted to be able to:
- play with my kids easily
- go swimming
- ride a bike
- roller blade
- not get stuck in chairs
- fasten seatbelts without an extender
- ride amusement park rides
- not be tired all the time
- bring down my blood pressure
You see, if you don’t think of your ending point as your starting point, you may be missing the point of weight loss. The goal of all this hard work is to enable you to enjoy life more, and do things more easily. To get to a weight where you feel comfortable in your own skin.
Once I reached my goal weight, I finally understood that I had a second chance at the life I had lost by being overweight for so many years. I felt free to enjoy life in a different way. When I was obese I knew I was missing things, I just didn’t realize how much. Once I got to a healthy weight, I determined in my heart to embrace new experiences, and taste the sweetness of day to day life every day.
Don’t get so caught up in the journey that you forget what the goal is. The goal is to live life in a fuller, healthier way – not just at the moment you reach that elusive perfect number on the scale, but rather because you are a healthier, more fit person!
What are some of your goals for yourself when you start on your new journey? Diane