Let me start this post by encouraging you to follow me on Instagram and “like” my Facebook fan page. I don’t always measure my success with numerical performance indicators…but when I do, I do it by looking at how many followers I have. Also, I post there pretty often and you can get to know me well in those two places. That is all.
When you read this post you will most likely think, “Wow, it is like he is in my head or something.” That isn’t the case. I am not psychic. I am just someone who states the obvious even when the obvious isn’t so, well, obvious. These are the things that kept me from losing weight in my previous life and in all honesty these are the things that are impeding my weight loss currently, I am sure.
Let us discuss a few things that are impeding YOU (ME) from losing weight.
1. Waiting Until Monday
Waiting until Monday can hinder your weight loss. If you are new to the blog then you might not have read my previous post about how I used to think that I could wait until Monday to start my weight loss journey. Monday would come and go and I would not be any closer to getting fit. I finally decided that I had to stop waiting and just do it. Dive in head first. Poop or get off the pot, as my dad likes to say. You can always find an excuse to put off the journey. So instead of waiting until that next opportune (or inopportune as is more likely) time, start now. Right now. This very moment. Start logging everything you eat so that you can really know what you are consuming. Go do 20 minutes of intense exercise, right this minute. Stop waiting until Monday to lose weight. Start losing it now.
2. Giving Up on Today
Giving up on today can hinder your weight loss. This is one that I STILL STRUGGLE WITH on a daily basis. This one kills people and it might be a factor in my current weight loss stall. It looks a little something like this… “Well I totally at too much for breakfast and then I didn’t exercise because of that meeting. Well today is a bust so I will just eat whatever I want for the rest of the day.” The problem with this attitude is when tomorrow starts the same exact way. And then the next day as well. Then the cycle gets vicious. If you screw up and eat the wrong thing,
vin diesel vindicate yourself and finish the day strong. It is way too easy to blow the rest of the day off and that can derail your entire journey. Remember that this advice is just as much for me as it is for you.
3. Keeping Up With the Joneses
Trying to keep up with the Joneses can hinder your weight loss. This is another personal struggle of mine. Oh, by the way, these are ALL personal struggles of mine. Did I make that clear yet? How hard is it to eat well when NO ONE ELSE around you is eating well? It is damned near impossible. Excuse my hydro-electric language. It is imperative that you NOT eat like those around you. Most of my readers are United States of America Americans. The USofA is full of obese people. People get obese by not eating right and not exercising. If you want to remain obese then just try and keep up with all of the people around you. This is where planning and food prep becomes an essential part of the weight loss game. You might get made fun of for bringing your own food. So what? Being healthy is SO MUCH more important than what Ricky at the office thinks. Besides, he drives a ’89 Z-28 and his cholesterol is over 300. His life expectancy is much lower than your now that you have decided to get healthy. Plan your meals in advance. If you do eat out, do some research on places that have healthy options (please do research and DO NOT take advertisers advice on what is healthy..) Take a water bottle with you everywhere you go so that you aren’t tempted to order soda or sweet tea. Eat more veggies and lean meat and less processed [insert fecal expletive]. I don’t care what any other weight loss bloggers say out their…It does matter what kind of food you are eating. So count calories but count ones that count. And DO NOT try eat what those around you are eating just because they are around you. Be the example. Set the standard.
4. Apathetic Exercise
Being apathetic in your exercise can hinder your weight loss. I do not have AS BIG of a problem with this one since I am currently on a pretty serious exercise schedule and I have people keeping me accountable in my group exercise class (aka KettleHell). But It is very easy to fall into this. Like a few weeks ago when I was traveling and I DID NOT exercise one time. None. Apathy is a lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern. If you miss a day of exercise, for whatever reason, it can be very hard to get back on the wagon. Just like that thing where you blow the rest of the day off when you eat poorly, blowing off a day of exercise can easily become two days, a week, a lifetime. Set a schedule. If you plan to exercise, then do it. If you miss it in the morning, make up for it in the evening. If you can’t do 50 minutes at one time then try two 25 minute sessions throughout the day. Just do whatever it takes. This is your life we are talking about. Make time for it and don’t skip it. Now that I have typed this out I realize that I do struggle with this one. Ugh. Getting fit is hard, yo.
5. Not Being Honest
Not being honest can hinder your weight loss. Let’s be honest. We got fat because we ate like a fool and didn’t exercise. Seriously. Let’s not blame things on genetics or stress or whatever. Those things might have impacted your (my) life, but they are not the reason you (I) got fat. Be honest with yourself first and foremost. You know what you have to do to lose weight. You have to count calories, limit your portions, eat healthy and exercise. If you are honest with yourself then you will realize that those things are much easier said than done. So be honest with other people. Let them know that it is a struggle for you to do what it takes to lose weight. Ask for accountability. Ask for guidance. Remember the old song Lean on Me? You don’t? Google. People will want to help you stay accountable. Trust me. I have gotten encouragement from more angles than I can count. I used to hide the fact that no matter what I did, I just couldn’t seem to lose weight. It was when I started being honest about it with myself and others that I finally was about to break the cycle of trying and enter the realm of doing.
There you have it folks. Five things that can hinder your weight loss. Recognize them and you will be far ahead of the curve. You (I) will be able to overcome obesity and be healthy for the rest of your (my) life.
Peace. Love. Perseverance.