Updated: Sep 5
Most of us know that weight loss is not where people struggle the most, but keeping off the weight. Why is that?
I have learned over the years that your skills need to evolve in order for you to be successful in this new place you're in. When you're in the weight loss phase of your journey, you gain skills that keep you successful like
a) maintain boundaries to help you from temptations
b) create new habits that are aligned with your goals
c) stay with the discomfort, knowing that is the true place that you grow from
d) consistently stick with the plan
However, once you reach the goal, the game changes and so should you! The fear that most people face is that they don't know how to live their lives without "being on a diet".
You can learn the game of maintenance, just like everything else. Here are my top three tips on staying successful!
Tip #1 - Actually saying "yes" to things that you said no to during your weight loss journey.
This is important to do, so you don't feel deprived of things you love and enjoy, as well as thinking that you need to live a life of always saying no. I date you to say yes to eating that cake. You heard me right, eat that cake! Or even, skip the gym to do something fun. This is an experimental time to see what works and what doesn't work in your life. With every choice, it is still important to reflect to see where you were successful and what derailed you off your path. This will allow you to balance out your yes's verses your no's.
Tip #2 - Reframe your habits.
You have now mastered the eating habits that serve you well. That's amazing! Now build upon that. Maybe it's your sleeping habits that need work or maybe your mental health needs some health. Whatever it is, reflect on areas in your life that you'd like to improve and focus on that.
Tip #3 - Remember you WHY
It's vital that we visit our goals and dreams as the game of life is very long. We can get lost along the way, so revisiting why helps to pick you back up when we fall, redirect us when we have veered off the path and to remind us that yes, we got this!!
Expand your view of health beyond what's going on your weight. If you are able to shift that approach, maintaining your weight will be the start of things you can control!