Losing weight can be challenging at times – especially if you’ve had a particularly trying day and the chocolate ice cream is calling you from the freezer! But, before you give in to overwhelming feelings and grab the nearest spoon, pause and consider these reasons why you shouldn’t undo all your hard work…
1. Your health trumps everything
One of the key motivations for weight loss is the desire to live a long, happy, fulfilling life. Weight loss leads to a number of health benefits including reducing your blood pressure and reducing your risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, infertility and osteoarthritis. As well as the physical benefits, it can also improve your mental health and leave you feeling more confident. Now isn’t that worth investing in?
2. It’s your decision
Doesn’t it feel good knowing you’re the one that’s enacting a positive change in your life? Your weight-loss journey is just that, it’s yours. You own it, you determine how the story ends. In a world where we’re juggling 101 different things and rushing around after other people, doesn’t it feel good to know that you’re losing weight just for you?
3. Proving doubters wrong
It’s quite common to have people in your life – family, colleagues, friends – who are sceptical about your chances of success. Ignore their chants of ‘fad diets don’t work’ or ‘you’ll never keep it off’ and remember you’re not doing it for them, you’re doing it for you. What right have they to question your decision? Also, LighterLife is a proven, successful weight-loss programme. The facts show that it does work. Remind people of that the next time they question what you’re doing.
4. Every day is another step closer
Sometimes it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by your goals – especially if you’ve set yourself a target of losing six stone and you can’t visualise what that will look like. To avoid feeling like this, it helps to break down your main goal into smaller, immediate goals. So rather than focusing on losing six stone, why not focus on losing a few pounds a week and the benefits that will bring? This will help you to stay focused on the present and avoid you panicking and feeling the goal is insurmountable.
5. Success feels good
Fulfilling a life goal – be it losing weight or scaling Everest – feels good. It gives you a buzz. Our core identity, or self, based on fundamental values that become goals, so when we fulfil a goal, we feel satisfied in the knowledge that we’re being true to ourselves. A lifestyle orientated toward our goals is not necessarily stress-free, but it’s a life you can look back on at the end of the day with a sense of knowing it’s been worth it.
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