25 Apr 2012
The formula for losing weight is really quite simple in theory – eat less, move more, and weight loss will be yours.
I was always told that the only way to really lose weight and to keep it off is to make long-term changes that I could stick with and truly incorporate into my life for the long haul, and I feel like I have truly done that.
I am now a runner and have completed 3 half marathons, several shorter races, and have many more coming up on my schedule.
I consistently workout several times per week and am in the best physical shape of my life.
I put a lot of prep work into my meals to make healthy eating easier and spend a bit of time coming up with a menu plan each week.
And finally, I surround myself by people and brands that support my lifestyle and encourage me to be the best version of myself.
But, despite all that, and not even one year after hitting my goal weight, I am up several pounds and have had to switch gears from weight maintenance back into weight loss mode, and I am having a really hard time with it. I feel like after all this time trying to and successfully losing weight, it should be easier. But, it’s not.
When it comes to execution, and despite the simple concept behind it, why is weight loss so… not simple?
This question is something I’ve tossed around in my head over and over again. I still struggle to be able to find the right answer, but after a lot of thinking and reflecting, I’ve narrowed it down to three key reasons that weight loss is not so simple for me.
1.) I put a lot of pressure on myself.
There are many reasons behind this, but I know that I feel a large amount of pressure to be back at my goal weight. I think because I’ve lost the weight before, I feel like I should have it figured out by now and should be able to do it again relatively easily, so it’s frustrating that it’s not coming that easy.
Also, because of the fact that I am a Leader for Weight Watchers, members look up to me and expect me to know all the answers, so I internalize that expectation. In addition to member expectations, there’s an expectation from Weight Watchers for me to be at my goal weight, and while they have been flexible and accommodating in my effort to get back to goal, I think the amount of pressure I feel from both internal and external sources causes me to self-sabotage at times, which is a big hurdle in the way of successful weight loss for me.
2.) The last 10 pounds are the hardest, and I have to lose them again.
It took me almost a year and a half to lose the last 10 pounds the last time, because these ones do not come off nearly as easily as the first ones. I remember when I first started working for Weight Watchers, I was worried about being able to relate to people who “just” had 10 lbs to lose, and was worried they wouldn’t relate to me. But as my coach reminded me, those last 10 pounds are the hardest, so having lost as much weight as I have puts me in a position to be able to relate to people who have to lose all different amounts of weight. And here I am – having to face these stinky 10 lbs yet again. It’s just tough!
3.) I want to be both healthy AND happy, and sometimes the things that make me happy don’t translate into being healthy.
As cliché as it is to say, life is all about balance, and I really struggle to balance doing the things that make me happy while being healthy. I was and always have been a total foodie – I LOVE to eat and try new things and restaurants. Plus, I am a very social person – I like hanging out with friends, going out on dates, and going to happy hours with coworkers. And, there are just some things that I like – like French fries, wine and nachos – that I have a hard time being moderate with, but don’t want to cut out from my life all together. Trying to find a balance to have both the things I know I should do to be healthy with the things I want to do because I love them is something I really struggle with, but am working on.
I was always told that weight maintenance would be harder than weight loss itself, but if I’m being totally honest, I never really believed it. I thought that once I finally hit my goal weight, everything else would fall into place and I wouldn’t have to try quite so hard. And I can honestly say that now, I know better than to think it’s that simple.
What do you think is the main hurdle for you getting in the way of weight loss?
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