I don’t know about you, but losing weight is HARD. What wouldn’t we do for that bikini body? Paying for workout programs and diets, exercising for hours on end, counting calories… sometimes nothing stops us. Okay, it might not be realistic to want to look like a bikini model but I’m sure you will feel me when I say I’d just love to rock that summer body. And the weather tells me a few of us may be caught up in the attempt of shedding a few pounds these days. Here are 5 stages of weight loss you might relate to.
1. The Motivated stage
At this stage you hit the grocery store and buy only clean foods (chicken breasts, egg whites, spinach) and feel like a health “junky”. You can’t wait to make your healthy meals and hit the gym. You spend every extra dollar you have on supplements, gym membership, diet foods, workout clothes…the list goes on (there goes the $$$). After a couple days of following the diet you feel like a million bucks. And the “Oh my god, this is the best decision I’ve ever made” comes.
2. The Discouraged stage
So you’ve been doing your possible BEST, depriving yourself of all your favorite foods and feel like nothing can stop you but then you hop on the scale… “WHAT! It’s been 2 weeks and I haven’t lost 10 lbs. yet?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
I’m done, I’m done… (Takes the car, hits McDonald’s and order a big mac trio, goes to the grocery store and buys the whole candy isle and a tub of ice creme, spots a Tim Hortons and gets a box of donuts)… something like that… or is that just me?
3. The Getting back on track stage
At this point you’re thinking about all the calories you had last night and how your going to manage burning ALL of them. You wish you hadn’t done that but you also REALLY want to do exactly the same thing today. You just feel like all your progress is ruined and want to cry because everyone around you is eating Pizza and staying thin. “Why does the world hate me!?”
4. The Go with the flow stage
Okay so you’ve managed to hit the gym 5 days this week and you’re eating relatively well. You keep reassuring yourself that you are doing your best and if ever you get a bad craving you don’t have to fight it and whatever will be will be.
5. The FORGET IT stage
Okay so you ended up getting that bad craving and you gave in again and now the peanut butter jar is half empty. There’s no point, swimsuits just weren’t in the cards for you. Goodnight.
Now that might have been a tad bit dramatic for comedy’s sake but I’m sure a few of you had similar experiences in the weight loss department… Please tell me I’m not alone!
Regardless, it is a commitment. It takes patience, dedication but mostly self-acceptance to reach success and happiness. If you are currently trying to lose weight and it gets hard know your not alone. Results don’t happen overnight what matters most is to not give up. There is no such thing as perfection, but little changes and efforts go a long way!