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Friday, September 9, 2011

Getting My Body Back Friday - Are These 3 Things Throwing You Off Track From Reaching Your Weight Goals? Here's What To Do Instead

On your journey to reaching your weight goal you may encounter many obstacles along the way. Some obstacles you can overcome very easily while others can really derail your progress and throw you off track. However, if you remain diligent you can quickly bounce back.

In this article, I'll outline 3 things that may take you off track and show you what you can do instead to keep you from either becoming derailed or to get you back on the road towards your weight goal.

#1 - Stress

Whether your stress is personal, family, work-related or otherwise, it can put a damper on your progress. Stress can lead to depression and other emotional issues and when the emotions are negatively affected it can result in overeating, loss of motivation and energy to workout.

Do Instead

Pay attention to what's going on around you. Know your stress triggers, release any tension - take a deep breath in and let it all out and regroup. Walk away from the situation if you can and shift your thinking onto happier thoughts. If you are quick to respond you can drastically reduce the effect of the stress and elevate your emotional vibration up and above your current stressed condition.

#2 - Misunderstanding the scale reading

Ever got on the scale expecting to see that you've shed some more pounds only to find out that you had not even budged since the last time you were on there? I know I have and it's such a discouraging feeling which can make you feel like you've done all of that work and still not getting the results you want. 

But in reality, what's happening, if you've been committed to your workout, is that while you were focusing on weight loss you've been building muscles and shedding fat. At first this may not show up on the scale as an accurate measurement of your progress and here you're thinking that nothing is happening.

Do Instead

Use other forms of measurements as well to gauge your progress. I usually go by the way my clothes fit. I also take pictures in the same outfit to show my progress. I find these to be quite reliable and encouraging than using a scale.

#3 - Going it alone without any support

Trying to get to your ideal weight can be a lonesome journey if you're going it alone. Say you come from a family and also have friends that are overweight; it can be quite a struggle to create this change in your life. And when at first you seem not to be making progress and don't have that encouragement, you can end up right back at square one.

Do Instead

If you're the type of person that can keep yourself accountable and stay on track that's great. But most people, especially at the beginning of change, need someone to encourage them along through the early stages where they are most vulnerable to giving up.

Find a friend who's willing to work with you to help keep you on target. If you don't have anyone that can do that find a community group or go to the gym. I've had one of my daughters in the past help me out and boy did she ever keep me on my toes. I also use my articles as a way to keep me accountable to my readers. And now we have a family competition on to keep me even more diligent in reaching my goals.

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  1. Hi Alicia...Excellent column. I have not been trying hard to lose weight. Just doing my swimming but have not really adjusted my eating that much, lately. It's an ongoing challenge but I will not give up. Thanks for the columnn. Love reading your suggestions. Susan from

  2. Thanks Susan. Do what you must to get to where you want to be. You're welcome Susan.


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