3 Life-Changing Secrets to Weight Loss

3 Life-Changing Secrets to Weight-Loss

These life changing secrets to weight loss will help you navigate the realm of weight-loss. Weight-loss can be hard, discouraging even.

There are few things we need to do to ensure that we can succeed. Finding the right level of patience to get you through the longer period of times when nothing seems to happen. We also need to be persistent with ourselves and our goals. While being patient and persistent, we must also remember to be practical.

I get it, I really do. I am in your shoes. Currently, at this moment in time, I battle with weight-loss. This is something I have battled with ever since I was a child. I battle my self-image and my own self-esteem on a daily basis.

What I have learned throughout the years is that most of the time I am my own worst enemy. I get antsy and demanding and I would set unpractical goals for myself that no one would be able to meet. When I would fail at attaining a goal, I would just give up.

That’s how things have changed for me. Even though I still battle with weight-loss, I have a clearer understanding of the things that my body will and will not be able to achieve. I learned that all through trial and error, falling flat on my ass and having to pull myself back several times.

The 3 life-changing secrets that I have learned over the years are simple. They aren’t even something that needs to be applied just to weight-loss, but also to everyday life. I am trying to implement these qualities into my relationships, my mental and emotional health and my weight-loss.

1st Secrets to Weight Loss:

pa·tience

/ˈpāSHəns/

noun

1.    1.the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

 

Patience. This is something that I really struggle with. I am the type of person that needs results. For me to feel successful, I have to see some sort of progression forward. Once I learned that I need to slow down and accept that the weight isn’t just going to be gone overnight, it allowed me time to really reflect and to see what I was doing wrong.

Finding my ability to be patient is still something that I find hard to implement into my normal everyday life. I have depression and anxiety, and I find it very hard to battle my ability to be patient with my overwhelming anxiousness.

I find that I have to allow myself to decompress from most situations by removing myself to somewhere quiet, and just sit for a few minutes. This allows my brain to slow down and this allows me time to give myself that needed pep talk.

When I started doing martial arts back in July of 2019, I couldn’t throw a kick because of my hips. I was born with hip dysplasia, which was corrected when I was a child, but the damage is still there. It affects me now because I am older and obese. The added weight on my body is obviously not good my hips.

I practiced the motions over and over, not actually putting a kick in the air, just moving in repetition until my body was comfortable and strong enough to actually follow through with the kick. I remained patient while learning the correct moves that I needed to complete so I wouldn’t hurt myself. It took me 6 months to be able to throw a successful kick, that did not hurt.

Now 9 months later, I still practice the same motions that got me to be able to throw the first regular kick that I learned. Learning to be patient with yourself and those around you will help you succeed more than you may realize.

2nd Secrets to Weight Loss:

per·sist·ence

/pərˈsistəns/

noun

1.    1.firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

 

Persistence. There is an art to being persistent enough to keep going, no matter how much you really don’t want to. There are plenty of reasons we stop doing something, mostly though they are excuses, not actual reasons.

We can tell ourselves several times that there is no progress happening because we don’t see something physical. We can tell ourselves that we can just pick up, right where we left off and it will be okay to take a break. We tell ourselves these things because we aren’t being persistent in our pursuit of health and overall wellbeing. That is just simply the truth behind the matter.

We need to remember that all of the things that happen to us on our journey aren’t visible to the eye. Not everything is going to make you look slimmer and more toned. Most of the things that happen to our bodies when we pursue this journey, are internal.

Most people get caught up on the numbers that show up when they step on a scale. They get upset when those numbers are decreasing. Getting lost on the number on the scale can be a sure-fire way to lose patience in the process of weight-loss.

While weighting yourself everyday is good for persistence, it is only good if you know that your body is going to naturally fluctuate due to typically to water weight. Being persistent in your pursuit of health will absolutely take you further.

Persistence creates habit, habit creates health. Just remember that not every bad weigh-in is a bad weigh-in. Your body fluctuates naturally. Do not get discouraged, continue your journey. Measure yourself, weigh yourself and even take pictures. You would be surprised at the difference you’ll see in yourself from a month ago.

3rd Secrets to Weight Loss:

prac·ti·cal·i·ty

/ˌpraktəˈkalədē/

noun

1.    1.the quality or state of being practical.

 

Practicality. This is something that hurts me the most on my own journey. I set unattainable goals. Goals that no matter how hard I try, I would not be able to reach no matter the effort put forth.

This is something that stunts most peoples journey. Like I said before, most of us want things right now. When we aren’t able to get them right now, we become discouraged, sometimes to the point of retreat.

The journey that we are all on, and in together, is not something that we don’t owe to ourselves. We owe ourselves a healthy and happy lifestyle. We just need to focus on the path to success.

Set smaller goals within your overall goal. I have more than 100 pounds to lose, so my first goal was to lose 15 pounds. Once that goal was met, I moved on to the next goal of 25 total pounds.

2nd place
2nd place after training for my first martial arts tournament

Along the way I like to add in other non-weight related goals. One of my non-weight related goals was to compete in a martial arts tournament. I did that, and I took second place in my division. Then I set another non-weight related goal of being able to throw an axe kick, I achieved that goal as well.

The point is, that when we first begin our journey, our body isn’t ready for everything we might want to do. We must give it the respect and the time that it deserves in order for it to catch up with the things that we want to be able to do.

Pushing ourselves past limits, and making sure that we continue to grow is the best way to ensure that our body gets the strength needed to be the best body we can have. Be practical with yourself.

Take Away for Secrets to Weight Loss:

The point here is that we need to stop getting caught up in ourselves. We need to slow down and focus on the immediate tasks. We need to set more attainable goals, that way we can reach the end goal. Make a plan, sit down and right out your ultimate goal and then write out 3 weight related goals and 3 non-weight related goals.

For other helpful tips on how to stay motivated and encouraged throughout your journey, read these articles.

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