When you are desperate to lose weight, it can occupy a lot of your thoughts, time and energy. Changing your eating habits in order to follow a healthy diet, is one of the most rewarding things you can do. However sometimes it is easy to focus too much on your ultimate weight loss goal and lose heart because things are not happening as fast as you want them to, and you are not seeing the results you had hoped for. This is an excellent time to reflect on your weight loss journey, and look at things sensibly.
Sometimes our expectations are simply too high and unrealistic, particularly when it comes to losing weight. This can lead to people becoming frustrated, disillusioned and even giving up, even when they were actually doing really well. Taking time to reflect on exactly what you done and achieved can bring some real perspective and stop this happening.
Here are some reasons why devoting some time to a period of reflection will help you to realise your weight loss goals: -
1. Realise How Far You Have Come
You will have already come a long way since you first recognised that you needed to change your lifestyle and lose some weight. Think about all the healthy changes you have already made to your daily eating habits, and the positive effect it is having on your lifestyle. You are probably consuming fewer calories and eating less saturated fat, maybe you have started exercising regularly and have cut down your portion sizes. Think of all the new healthy foods you are now eating and how good you feel.
2. Recognise Your Achievements
Think about how much weight you have already lost and the amount of calories you have cut from your daily intake. Try to remember the challenges that you have already overcome and how good those moments felt. Take some time to congratulate yourself for all your dedication and hard work. Why not buy yourself a small reward (not food) such as an item of clothing. It is not good to spend all your time worrying about how much more weight you need to lose, enjoy your achievements so far, happy in the knowledge that you will realise your goals if you just keep doing what you are doing. A period of reflection can provide real motivation for the weeks ahead.
3. Think Of Ways To Improve
If things are really not going well, you need to be honest with yourself. Have you made enough healthy changes and stuck to them? Are you really putting enough commitment and effort into your exercise sessions? Use this period of reflection to things of positive changes you can make to your diet, and your current approach to weight loss. Think of the reasons why you want to become more healthy and re-affirm your desire to do something positive about it.
So spend a little time reflecting on your weight loss journey, you will find it is time well spent.