It’s possible that you may have hit a roadblock on your weight loss journey in the form of self sabotage. We can sometimes be our own worst enemies when it comes to reaching our goals. Many times we let fear and old habits stand in the way of success. Self-sabotage has so much to do with our mental processes and perceptions. It’s imperative that we identify these thought patterns and work to correct them. Health takes constant work but we should always be striving for progress, not perfection. It’s the mentality of persistence that will get us to our goals. So if your progress has stalled, take an honest inventory of your habits to break through that roadblock and stop sabotaging your weight loss progress.
Cut the Negative Self-Talk
How are you supposed to accomplish anything if you are busy cutting yourself down with every misstep? Go easy on yourself. Forgive and forget. Focus on what you have accomplished instead of on what you have “failed” to accomplish. Most importantly, believe that you are worthy of weight loss success and all the benefits that come with it.
Don’t Let One Slip-Up Turn Into a Full-Blown Binge
Just because you slipped up one time does not mean your diet is blown and you should just go hog-wild for the remainder of the day. This type of behavior will be sure to send you spiraling into an unhealthy slump. Forgive yourself the indiscretion, move on, and start anew with a clean slate.
Set Realistic Expectations
Do not set yourself up for failure by setting unrealistic goals. If you’ve never run, don’t expect to become a marathoner in a month. And if you want to lose 30 pounds don’t attach an unrealistic time limit to it. If you’re doing the work, that’s all that matters.
It takes work to live a healthy lifestyle. But if you get yourself in the right routine, it will become second nature. So commit to the work and embrace the routine. Set an exercise schedule, plan your meals, get enough sleep. Rinse and repeat. The more you transform your lifestyle with healthy habits, the easier it becomes.
Trust in the Process
It can be a long road to reach your weight loss goals, so have patience with the process and celebrate the little victories along the way. Maybe the pounds aren’t coming off as fast as you’d like, but you ate well every day this week—count that as a win. Don’t get lost in the big picture. Just focus on the present tasks needed to get you there.