There’s a common misconception that weight loss is a steady decline, like taking an escalator. Week one, a pound. Week two, two pounds, week three, two or three more pounds, and so on. However, everyday life tends to get in the way of weight loss being totally consistent. Instead of the pounds coming off every week, you may lose less or even gain a little weight during the process. It’s okay to get off track sometimes. Afterall, getting healthier is a journey, not a straight path. Beating yourself up for getting off track won’t help you lose weight any faster. It can be great to completely focus on your goals, but also accept when life has other plans and priorities.
Throughout the year, there are plenty of reasons to get off-track, but it seems like there are many more in the last few months. The holiday season can be a bit overwhelming, and typically includes precious time with family and friends. It’s important to remember that when something interrupts your schedule, give yourself permission. It’s okay to not lose weight this week, or to work out for a shorter period of time. It’s even okay if you gain a little weight. Allowing yourself to focus on other parts of your life that need attention will keep you from getting stressed about missing out or worrying too much about getting back to the weight loss goal.
Keep in mind that weight loss and getting healthier are not based solely on the number on the scale. As you proceed in your weight loss journey, there may be times when you do not lose any weight. But, if your clothes are fitting better, you feel like you have more energy, you feel stronger, or you find yourself in a more positive state of mind, you’re making progress. Many aspects of weight loss go beyond actually losing weight, a large part of it is simply feeling good about yourself.
We know it’s easy to get hung up on the number on the scale and obsess over it, but we encourage you to remember that there are so many aspects to achieving a healthy lifestyle that go beyond that number. Give yourself permission to mess up, to enjoy life as it happens. A balanced, healthy lifestyle includes enjoying some distractions that naturally come up, especially if they include spending time with loved ones.
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