What’s Holding You Back From Losing Weight?
If you’ve wanted to lose weight, but you just haven’t been able to get motivated to start, there could be a few things sabotaging your success.
Lets look at 3 of them:
1. Fear of Failure
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight and then failed, it can be hard to keep trying.
After all, no one likes to feel like a failure.
And if you never try, you never fail.
Often people wonder why they just can’t get motivated.
It may not have anything to do with “not wanting it bad enough”.
There’s an inner resistance to change that just holds you back.
That resistance could simply be the fear of failing again and feeling confirmed that it’s impossible for YOU to have what you want.
But everything you’ve ever done has involved trying and failing. It’s how we learn.
I tried snowboarding once and failed miserably.
The only reason why I got to the bottom of the hill is because I kept falling down it.
However, there’s power in the thought of “Failing Forward”.
As long as you’re constantly failing just a little less each time you’ll figure out how to get around those stumbling blocks.
To combat the fear of failure, look at WHY you’ve failed in the past.
Then prepare for those stumbling blocks in the future.
When you feel that rush of excitement about losing weight, use that enthusiasm and motivation to start planning how you’ll do it.
What habits will you set in place this time?
How will you make it easy to stick to those habits?
Deciding to eat breakfast every morning is a lot easier when you’ve planned out what those breakfasts are going to be and you’ve prepped everything the night before so that it’s easy to stick to it.
Find ways to make things easier on yourself.
2. Too Much Work
Another thing that holds people back is the thought of how much work it’ll take to lose weight.
One thing that’s helped me in the past is a quote I heard.
“99% is hard as hell, 100% is easy.”
When you truly commit 100% to change and put things in place to make it real to you, change becomes easy.
You’ll find yourself actually preferring your new healthy habits.
Try ADDING healthy habits into your life instead of focusing on what you must SUBTRACT.
3. Wanting a Quick Fix
We all want immediate results.
But a couple of workouts isn’t going to do it.
Instead, commit to the long haul.
No matter where you are in life, there are plenty of people who would happily trade places with you.
That thought has motivated me in the past.
Even when I’m injured and lose out on some of the progress I was making, I remind myself that it’s a blessing that I can even walk, let alone heal myself and get back into the swing of things.
Some people are not that fortunate, and if given the choice they’d be happy to start where I’m at.
If you’ve put off getting in shape for a few months, then be willing to be patient for another few months.
Suspend judgement at least for 3 months.
I love the quote, “A year from now you’ll be glad you started today.”
When I’m getting back in shape after an injury I try to imagine where I’ll be in a year from now.
That year will come soon enough.
And I’ll be feeling great when it does.