When many of us embark on the weight management journey, our first instinct is to “get it right” the first time. We drastically change our diets, purchase a gym membership and work our tails off.
Why Progression Matters
Burnout is a real thing. When we exert a great deal of physical and emotional energy for an extended period of time, we’re bound to feel the effects of burnout. Some of us fall off the weight management wagon. We may resort back to old eating habits or avoid exercise altogether. Sometimes, we even isolate ourselves for fear of failure.
When we aim for slow and steady progress, however, we’re bound to reach our goals much faster and healthier. We learn by going over speed bumps, climbing mountains and crossing valleys. Those lessons shape us, grow us and continue to mold us. Our journey with weight becomes more like a journey and not a destination. There’s no “peak summit” that is the same for all of us!
One Size Does Not Fit All
It can be hard to let that word “progress” simmer in your mind. Around you, other people may be reaching their own goals or making steps toward the future. But keep in mind: we all move at our own pace, and your pace will get you to your destination with patience.
Only you know your body, your mind and your journey. More specifically, you know your habits with food, exercise and general health. You have your own set of goals, challenges and factors that are sprinkled in between. Your journey with weight is entirely different, but that should not affect your ability to accomplish what you set out to do.
Are You New to the Weight Management Journey?
All of this may seem very fresh and overwhelming. What’s the trick? Beginning with small steps and gradually improving through hard work, dedication and support from others.
These strategies will help:
- Set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-driven
- Lean on friends, family and your team of health professionals
- When it comes to food, practice moderation instead of restriction
- Find exercise that you truly enjoy doing
- Balance weight management with other life goals
- Keep track of your progress in a journal and reflect on it weekly
- Set new challenges after each milestone you pass
Here’s to your journey and the next steps you’ll take!