Many a happy story can be found about people who decided to change their lives, made nutritious eating and regular exercise a part of their lives, and lost a significant amount of weight. Whether ‘significant’ translates to 150 pounds lost by someone who was morbidly obese or dropping 25 pounds so a person could feel good at the beach in a swimsuit, the achievements made and the goals accomplished by these people are worth celebrating. Perhaps some of these individuals find themselves reading this article.
Well, now what?
One of the biggest struggles and complaints that are lodged against leading diet plans and exercise chains is that, once the program is completed, participants aren’t given 100% of the tools and/or clarity necessary as to how best to proceed. Although some certainly succeed in doing this, few if any address the full scope of challenges that now exist in the life of someone who has lost a lot of weight.
With actually dropping the weight is the primary goal, the ultimate objective can typically be summarized within the range of wanting to look good, feel good, and live longer. Here are three challenges to that objective, and ideas/discussion on what to do about them:
- Make a monument to your progress
Whether this has been just a personal journey for you or an endeavor you have declared and publicized to the world around you, it is a big deal. No worthwhile dieting or fitness achievement is easy, and it would be a travesty to let such highly sought after progress regress. We, humans, are a social creature and place great emphasis on our interactions with others, and how they view us. If you show the world what you’ve done, you’ll be less likely to let it slide, simply for the sake of impression management, for better or worse.
- Get involved in the fitness/weight loss community
A common fallacy among dieters is for one individual to feel like they are the only one going through a tough weight loss process. Although each person and situation is undeniably unique and personal, there are many, many other people on their own version of the journey you’ve been going through. Be someone who reaches out to others, and celebrates their victories. In turn, they will celebrate yours, and you will quickly find yourself among friends and allies in your struggle for health and well-being.
- Translate your success into a sustainable routine
Some of the fitness and dieting regimes out there are easily transferrable to long-term, habitual living. Unfortunately, some are not. If you find yourself or a loved one in the latter category, it is imperative that you find a way to sustain the results of what you have been doing. The word ‘results’ is used, because the methods themselves may have to be altered to achieve the desired results. That’s okay…make the modifications necessary to keep your hard-earned progress going.
Even though others can support you in your efforts, it is the dieter that needs to own their choices, their habits, and their new lifestyle. Waiting even a few days or a week to act can be all it takes to slide back to where you were before. Don’t go there.