The next few tips are perhaps controversial, but they have worked wonders for my weight-loss mindset. Here they are:
- Take advantage of support systems, but don’t be afraid to tune them out at times. Online support groups have been invaluable to me. I’ve learned so much from the many people who have been on this journey longer than I have. Nevertheless, at times I’ve had to tune them out. Sometimes it’s been due to general information overload – a very common occurrence in this digital age. Sometimes there have been heated issues that dominated the forum and put me in a bit of a funk. Sometimes I’ve found myself frustrated by slow progress or plateaus while several others seemed to be losing at lightning speed. (Yes, I’m human and sometimes I do compare myself to others, despite knowing it’s silly to do so). Whatever the reason for my hiatus from social networks, I’ve learned that it’s OK to cocoon myself in my own journey at times and then return to friends refreshed and renewed.
- Be “selfish” and “vain.” It may feel uncomfortable to embrace these concepts, but I’ve come to realize they are essential to successful weight-loss. Be selfish. Be vain. You’re cringing already, right? But hear me out. What is it that the stewardess tells us during the emergency preparation speech? That’s right, “Secure your own mask first.” You are of no help to yourself or anyone else unless you take care of your physical body and make it a priority. The same holds true in our weight-loss. Here’s an example of being “selfish”… The mother who decided not to buy her toddler another stuffed animal and instead buys the high quality (and probably most expensive) protein powder for yourself. Selfish? Not really. That’s a better gift to her child, in the end. It may feel wrong at first, but it is anything but that.Now on to vain. Let’s look at the definition: “having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth.” To me, this is an instance of shooting for the moon and reaching the stars. In this word of superficiality, it’s tough to feel “excessively” good about yourself, but try it. Starting today. Look in the mirror and notice that you are hot stuff. Take selfies and admire your slimming body. Reward yourself verbally and physically. Go ahead, try being “vain.” It’s all part of being your own biggest fan and there’s nothing wrong with that.
- Do not fear food. I hear a lot of fear talk around food, and I have had to stop myself at times too. “Oh, I can’t eat that! I won’t be able to stop.” A more sustainable way of viewing food choices is thinking about compensation. “I can eat that. I’ll just fast a little longer today.” I no longer view foods as good or bad, only desired or undesired.
I’ve learned so much about myself throughout my weight-loss journey, but perhaps the greatest lesson is to keep learning. It never stops, and that’s a good thing! Thank you for following along with me, and stay tuned!