5 Things that Hinder Weight Loss

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.



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29 comments to 5 Things that Hinder Weight Loss

  • So very true. The waiting till Monday and giving up hope are my worst enemies.

  • Miz

    ahhh number one.
    in any realm of life 🙂

  • Fancy Nancy
    Twitter: lilfancynancy

    Great post!! I used to do a lot of the first two. I would have a Monday in mind but then eat on Sunday like it was my last meal…getting in all the junk food I could think of like I was never ever going to be able to eat them again! Then come mid week it was start all over again!

  • I kept thinking “Oh, that’s a good one, I need to comment on that!” But then I realized I was doing it after every single one of your points. Great post and I hope everybody reads this and realizes! Sometimes we totally do them without even thinking. I’m a big “wait until Monday-er.”

  • amber
    Twitter: aawhitehead

    I’m so guilty on all counts . Great post!

  • Eric
    Twitter: roctherun

    waiting till monday is HUGE… I hear that SOOO often. Great list

  • Kareen
    Twitter: i_ameatingright

    You hit the nail on the head. I struggle with the same issues but especially #3 because I work in Food Service. That’s not an excuse though. Thanks for the reminders!

  • Kierston
    Twitter: candyfit

    Start today, whatever day it is! If you want it, NOW is the time 🙂

  • Ah, yes, the honesty thing! Great post.

  • Alison @ racingtales
    Twitter: racingtales

    I found myself nodding in agreement while reading this! So, so true. We have to stop making excuses for ourselves and DO what we said we would.

  • DAD

    I find that if I have sex before and after workouts I am more focused and it gives me less time to eat. Of course, it also means I smoke about a pack a week, but you have to pick your battles.

    • hank

      You should try smoking cloves. They are always best for post-self-gratification, from what I have heard from my other effeminate male friends. Sorry if I offend any other autonogamous people out there…

      • DAD

        Cloves? Masturbation? I come here for honest talk about fitness, and this is what I get. What is this blog coming to? As your father, I am deeply disappointed in you, Hank.

        • hank

          I have been a disappointment to you since the time I struck out in the little league game against the team from Japan. I can’t believe the racist things you said. I Mean seriously! Japan and Mexico aren’t even near each other! I remember my friends parents saying that YOU were the reason the rec dept had banned brown liquor from Strom Field. Thanks for being a DNA donor instead of a father!

  • Mama Lego (Laura!)
    Twitter: Mamalego

    Like you said: it’s as though you read my mind and blogged about it!

    Seriously though, I’m sharing this with everyone … I know SO many people who can benefit for this “kick in the butt”!!

    Thank you!! 🙂

  • Sandra Laflamme
    Twitter: oranicrunmom

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. Go out there and get after it!

  • Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    Twitter: livefromlq

    Great post. You hit the nail on the head, with a lot of humor too. I’m sharing all over the place (including with a few of my clients who can really use this). Thanks!

  • JM

    Great post. #5 is definitely my biggest weakness. I somehow really manage to seriously convince myself that I’m not gaining weight. My favorite lie I tell myself is that it’s not that I’m getting to fat for my pants, it’s that I’m just having a series of bloated days that is lasting weeks and getting progressively worse. YEAH…

  • I think I mentioned number 1 & 2 in a post earlier. Funny to see we have some of the same food issues. Good luck buddy. I think you’re doing great. (P.S.- I’m more & more convince to do the JI tris next summer all the time.)

  • Amanda @RunToTheFinish
    Twitter: runtothefinish

    these are great points and not the normal count calories, blah blah. I think it’s really easy NOT to be honest with ourselves, for example the quarter cookie…you know where you just break off a piece like those calories don’t count…then go back later for another little piece…

  • Joe
    Twitter: fatlossjoe

    Hello, First time on the site. Some honest reasons as to why we fail. I have been guilty of number 2 in the past. One thing goes wrong and I throw the entire day away. Most likely means I was never serious in the first place.

  • Tracey English
    Twitter: AspireFitnessKS

    This is so very true. I love it and am sharing the heck out of it. Great piece! Thanks!

  • Caitlin
    Twitter: caitlingrams

    I love this! Such a great reminder for anyone struggling with weight loss, any amount. Thanks for being so honest and to the point.

  • Sarah
    Twitter: BubblyHeart

    You crack me up. Take #3 as a challenge. Learning to live in our current food environment is key to maintaining. My food issues are not my husbands, and while I don’t have to keep up with him, he does bring crap food into the house all the time. He’s good about bringing it to the office if I ask, but learning to live Ben and Jerry’s in my freezer and Tiramisu in my fridge… It’s been hard work over the years, but helpful in the long run. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to eat it. 🙂 It’s so easy when that stuff is there because the good stuff requires prep time and planning. Better to be the good example I think…

    Totally guilty of #4. Less so these days, but I’m still not Yay Fitness. I’m more inclined to eat well when I’m exercising. Sometimes hard not to get bogged down by pain, which makes me want to self medicate with chocolate which leads to more pain and bam. I need to start again.

  • Pavement Runner
    Twitter: PavementRunner

    Great list buddy. I’ve thought every single one of those and yes, I do think you are psychic and in my brain. Where do I send the money so that you (I) can win the lottery.

  • Lisa
    Twitter: lisaeirene

    GREAT POST! Two things:
    1) I have a friend who is always “starting a diet next week” or “starting to exercise next week”. Big surprise: she never does, or doesn’t do it for very long and then never loses weight.
    2) It’s SO important to be honest with yourself. If you’re counting points or calories, accuracy is key or there won’t be any weight loss. I sometimes lie to myself and don’t count the bites/nibbles etc and those calories really add up fast.

  • Carolyn

    well that was interesting. I’m at my goal wt today, but easily go up or down, w humidity, and all of the things I;m not doing. A friend suggested your blog! I found it inspiring. As soon as it gets a little cooler this afternoon, I’m going to go turn some more garden dirt over. (I’ve already done some today.

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