I have always had trouble losing weight. Once I graduated from high school and stopped being active in sports, my bad eating habits caught up with me. I’ve said so many times in my life, “I can’t lose weight“!
I have had various points in my adult life when I decided to “get serious” about my weight. Unfortunately, I always let my busy life get in the way.
It wasn’t until I wrote an article about pushing ourselves to meet our goals, that I started to consider why I haven’t been able to lose weight.
I Can’t Lose Weight? What’s The Real Story?
In the past, whenever I have determined to lose weight, I only focused on the big goal. With every meal, snack, early morning workout, and double workout day, I only had my 100lb goal in front of me.
Unfortunately, that caused two negative things to happen…
I Can’t Lose Weight Because Of Intimidation
First, the idea of trying to lose 100lbs, quickly became intimidating. Imagine doing a grueling workout and burning 500 calories in the process – pretty good for a fat guy. Then imagine reading that 3500 calories represent 1 pound – that means that I would have to do 7 of those grueling workouts in order to hit 1% of my goal!
It can be very daunting to think about all of the work that is in front of you…at least for me it is. I begin to look at the long, rough road ahead of me, and I think about all of the reasons why I will fail. Then I start to think that I can’t lose weight…I will just be this big forever!
Sometimes it will be because I hit a plateau, other times it will be due to my lack of endurance! I didn’t gain 100+lbs in a few months, and I shouldn’t expect to lose it that quickly either…but that still hasn’t stopped me from giving up.
I feel that it’s different this time, but I’ve said that before as well. I have more people in my corner, and I have more motivation and information than ever before. I plan to take it one day at a time, and exercise discipline as much as possible!
Second, because each act of discipline (eating healthy foods, avoiding unhealthy food, and exercising) had such a tiny impact toward my overall goal, it became easy to cheat.
I wouldn’t consider it cheating at the time, either. I would just justify my actions by stating that, “one bad meal or missed workout won’t mean much in the long run”. Unfortunately, that one instance of shortsightedness usually lead to others. Soon, my plan would be completely destroyed, and as I start to bend rules here and there, or miss workouts for days at a time.
Because I had this view, it became harder and harder to exercise discipline when challenged with temptations. I’ll just give in “this one time” and promise myself that I’ll make it up later. Unfortunately, “later” never comes and I end up in a downward spiral.
How I Plan To Change
Well, the first thing I plan to do is have smaller goals. I won’t just think about the end result of being 100 lbs lighter, but I’ll also focus on weekly and monthly goals. Right now, my goal is to be at or below 260 by the end of 2011. It doesn’t look like I will make it (17 lbs left with 16 days left), but I’ll give it my best shot!
Another thing I want to do is set goals that aren’t revolved around the scale. A simple weekly goal is to work out at least 5 days each week, or to make sure that I don’t have any days where I go over my allotted calories – unless they are planned in advance. Even something like the push ups challenge is going to help me along!
By having these smaller goals, and counting on my friends and family (and the 5 or 6 people that read this blog) to hold me accountable, I believe that I will be successful this time.
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- What things have stopped you from reaching your goals?
- How did you overcome them?
- Have you ever said, “I can’t lose weight”, or whatever you goals were at the time?
- Are there things that you are still struggling with now?
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