Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to Stay Motivated for Weight Loss When Everyone Around You Is Sabotaging Your Efforts

Losing weight at times can seem like an uphill battle and extremely hard. Trying to lose weight while hanging out with people that aren't very supportive, even harder. As you begin to try and change your bad habits to good, not everyone around you is going to be ready to commit. It is a problem many people face during a weight loss journey and one that must be overcome to reach success. The situation can become even more complex when the people we love the most (significant others) aren't on the support train. It seems like saboteurs are lurking everywhere but it doesn't have to be that way. With a little bit of planning and standing firm in your mission you can reach success without sacrificing the relationships you have in your life and still manage to keep sane.

 In the grand scheme of things, saboteurs can come in all different forms. It could be a well  intentioned co-worker or friend that has seen the effort and hard work you have put in and want to give you a cheat day of doughnuts, bagels and pizza. After all one day of indulgence won't set you back, right? Or it could come in the form of a stubborn spouse or child that refuse to look at any of the new foods you have prepared and are ready to try. Whatever the face of the saboteur and for whatever reason they aren't yet willing to be 100% supportive it is important to learn how to deal with this successfully. It won't help the situation by becoming defensive and angry. Even if you are trying to do what is best for the health of you and your family and those in your inner circle, if they aren't ready to make that change, forcing them to change will only end in disaster. As hard as it may be, try to be understanding and openly talk about why these changes are important to you and what struggles you are having. Be open and responsive to what they have to say. Keep in mind, a weight loss journey is a very personal thing. Something inside of you had had enough and you were ready to make changes. If someone had tried to force you before you were ready, it would not have gone very well. Try remembering this when you run into obstacles within your inner circle. You made the choice to change. Lead by example and don't worry about the rest. If you don't find support in your inner circle there are plenty of ways to fill that gap that will help you stay on track and be a shining beacon of good health. 

A good way to find the motivation, support and understanding that you need to get through the challenges of a weight loss journey, is to find a support group of like minded individuals going through the same situation as you are. This could come in the form of an online support group that is conducted totally online. Or you can even find a local support group that meets once a week to really focus on supporting each other and keeping each other accountable and motivated. It all depends on what you are looking for and what will help feed your needs through your unique situation. Just by doing a simple google search you will find hundreds if not thousands of different groups available. If you can't seem to find what you are looking for it is quite simple to form your own support group for a specific purpose. You could put an ad in your local paper or on craigslist and facebook to form your own group and connect with others that have the same mission, 

If you are looking for something a little more structured and something that pushes you both mentally and physically then you may want to look into hiring a health and fitness coach. This type of coach will not only be able to support you and listen to your needs but they will also be able to help tailor a program specifically designed for your unique needs. It is an excellent way to get the support you need, motivation to keep you on track and a listening ear when you are having struggles. Health and fitness coaches are able to easily adapt your program to your situation and are able to help hold you accountable for the results you are looking for.

By connecting with individuals and groups that are aimed at being supportive and motivational you are already heading in the right direction. This will help keep you grounded and on track and help to also keep you sane. It is very helpful to know others have and are going through some of the same struggles we are facing. Stay positive and focused on your goal. Surround yourself with positive affirmations. Create a visual board of what success looks like to you and hang it in a place where you can easily see it when you need a bit of motivation to stay the course. Find a reliable workout buddy. Studies have shown that having a reliable and consistent workout partner have more than doubled weight loss success rates. Listen to positive and motivational speeches and shows that will help lift your spirit and keep you in a positive frame of mind. Take time to let yourself relax and pamper yourself. Taking care of yourself both inside and out is a very good and nurturing thing. It often is overlooked and swept aside during the business of our day. Try not to do this. Pampering and nurturing yourself is a wonderful way to express love to yourself and in turn becomes a great expression of love to others.

A weight loss journey will have its ups and downs but by taking a few steps to overcome some of the saboteurs that may pop up you are setting yourself up for success. Stand strong in your commitment to yourself to get healthy and the rest will fall into place. It may not always be easy but by finding support through other sources and keeping motivated through all circumstances, anything is possible.             

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