Healthy Weight Awareness Month: 4 health & fitness hurdles and how to overcome them
In our last post we discussed Healthy Weight Awareness Month and provided you with a few physical tips you could employ to help you work toward achieving your health and fitness goals. But today, I want to talk about what happens when our plans to live consistent, healthy lifestyles get interrupted.
In a perfect world all of our days would go as planned and nothing would ever get in the way of our new goals. But unfortunately, the world is not perfect, life happens, and we often find ourselves struggling to maintain some sort of order in a disorderly day. These difficulties we encounter can weigh heavily on us mentally and all of the things that come along with a healthy perspective of weight loss tend to go out the window. All we want to do in times of stress is curl up on the couch and turn to food for comfort. But with the right perspective, we don’t have to fall completely off the wagon. Below, I’ve listed four areas that prove to be challenging along most health and fitness journeys and what we can do to keep from getting completely sidetracked.
1. Missing a workout or two – Let’s say you’ve set a goal of working out three times a week but something happens and you’re only able to get your workout in 2 of those 3 days. When you’re early in your journey, some people may possess an all or nothing mentality, which will cause them to just give up on the entire week. Don’t let this happen. If you miss a day it’s okay.
Don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead of obsessing over a missed day tell yourself, “Going twice this week is a lot better than not going at all!” And it is! You can also put a contingency plan in place if you have the time. Tell yourself that if you miss one of your main workouts, you’ll make up for it by doing at least ten minutes of Even ten minutes of movement is better than nothing at all.
2. Meal prepping – Meal prepping is one of the most beneficial things you can do to set yourself up for weight loss success. But sometimes planning your meals ahead of time and actually preparing them just doesn’t work out. Again, that’s okay. However, it shouldn’t be an excuse to just grab whatever’s convenient, regardless of the nutritional content. If you don’t have time to cook full, nutrient-dense meals, try healthy alternatives that don’t take as much prep time or require cooking at all.
Some examples are: frozen vegetables, canned tuna, salads, and even items like roasted chicken prepared ahead of time at your local grocery store. Another option you could try is to take part in a detox. We have created a 28-day sugar detox program that will help you kick your sugar cravings so that if you do happen to fall off the wagon, sugar won’t drag you all the way under. Just click here to learn more about the detox.
3. Not seeing results fast enough – I don’t know about you but one of my downfalls when I was on my journey to a healthier me was getting discouraged because I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted fast enough. I know you’ve heard this many times before but the scale can be tricky, especially if weight lifting is a part of your routine. Muscle weighs more than fat so not seeing the number on the scale budge can be discouraging.
But there is an alternative: focus on your measurements instead of your weight. Buy yourself a good old fashioned measuring tape and measure the key areas: waist, hips, arms, thighs, and chest specifically. I guarantee you this is where you’ll see the progress happening!
4. Comparing yourself to others – In the age of social media, especially Instagram where gym selfies live, it can be quite difficult not to compare yourself to other people, but remember this: Everyone’s body and metabolism is different and everyone’s weight loss and the rate at which it occurs will be different. On top of that, Photoshop is real!
They actually have apps that allow you to add curves and smooth over all the places you want to be perfect in your selfie photos! Yes, we are living in a time where the tools magazine editors have used for so long are now in the hands of the people. So everyone is perfect online. Don’t buy into that. Do what you are capable of doing physically and mentally and know that your body is going to be what it is and make the decision to love it! The sooner you do that, the easier it will be to make it through your process.
I pray that these tips help and keep you mindful of the part that your mind plays in achieving your healthy weight goals. And remember, it’s never too late to start over. Every single day is a day that God grants us new grace to get up and do it all over again. Why not extend the same grace to yourselves?