Attempting An Extreme Transformation
As a personal trainer in Mississauga, I notice that many people like to think that in order to lose weight, they have to go and lose 2lbs per week consistently until they hit their goal and then “relax”. I call this trying to win the weight loss lottery. Why? Because the odds of it happening to you are slim to non. The reality is that the chance of experiencing this kind of transformation consistently over the course of your weight loss journey is so low that it just doesn’t happen. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say you aren’t going to win the weight loss lottery.
I’m not trying to discourage you. Just the opposite, actually. I’m trying to encourage you and show you that the small progress you make, whether it’s improvements in weight loss, body composition, energy, strength, body image, happiness, or health, are all amazing accomplishments and are moving you closer to your goal.
But the point is that to stay in your fitness journey long enough to give you the best chance of succeeding. The only way to do that is to be willing to let go of your lottery expectations and accept what’s really ahead of you. There include:
Struggles – a lot of them. Breakthroughs are born from struggles but you learn from them. Struggle avoidance is a sure way to ensure you never experience transformation.
Stalled weight loss even when you’re doing all the right things. Remember one thing, you can’t control the outcome, you can only control the process. So you have to put your faith into the daily fitness habits that you’re developing and trust that the outcome will be a side effect of those behaviors.
Falling off track. You’re going to overeat and miss workouts from time to time because no one is perfect. But it’s not about the mess ups you experience because those are always going to happen. What’s important is how well you maintain consistency despite the occasional mess ups. They can be a blip in the road or they can be the reason you give up. It’s your choice.
Dwindling motivation. You’re likely to lose motivation over time compared to when you first started. What keeps you going is your “Why” for losing weight in order to help define your internal (ie. health, quality of life) and external (ei. looking good on the beach) motivators.
Those four items above are what the real success rate looks like. It’s not pretty by any means. It’s not easy either. So you really have to be willing to take on those struggles in order to succeed. If you’re not, you won’t. Of course, you could always play the weight loss lottery that was mentioned above. If that’s the case, I wish you luck because you’re going to need it.
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