As we get closer to the middle of March, time keeps ticking on. New Year's resolution are becoming fuzzy champagne induced memories, and maybe you thought you'd have lost 40 pounds by mid-March, or that you'd be wearing single digit sizes and running 10:30 minute miles, regardless of the goal, do you feel like you're losing steam? I find losing weight to be just as much an emotional journey as a physical transformation. For me, a journey of growing from negativity and self doubt to building confidence from positivity in all facets of life. Committing to change takes mental strength, because these types of goals take time to accomplish. Rome Wasn't Built in A Day
Initial trans-formative decisions are met with a gung-ho attitude, from everyone in life. However, over time, these types of decisions are also met with kick back. No, it doesn't start off that way, everyone will initially be supportive of weight loss goals, until your goals begin affecting their life. I've been reading a lot about how other people are affecting an individuals weight loss. It's true. Other people will have a massive effect on your goals.
Sticking to a goal where others have failed, or even simply believe they would, will leave other people feeling insecure. Sticking to a goal, that your loved ones know you want so very badly for yourself, will leave them feeling intensely proud and happy for your accomplishments. On the other hand, some people will find new found confidence intimidating, and will place distance in your relationship. All scenarios thus affecting the way they treat you. That's really all there is to it, your actions are affecting the way they feel about themselves. It has nothing to do you with you personally. Shake shake shake it off (sung like Mariah)
Losing weight has affected all of my relationships. Every single last one. Losing weight has changed all of me, not just the outside. It has transformed my life and always for the better. The closer I am to reaching a goal, the more empowered I feel. The more empowered I feel, the harder I work. Weight loss comes with confidence. Confidence in abilities in all aspects of life.
That's not to say I don't still struggle. I still see 200 plus pound Leigh Ann in the mirror some days. There are times when a bag of peanut butter M&M's have more power over me than I do over myself. There are days when I struggle. There have been good days and bad days. Great weeks and not so great weeks.Over time,
the struggle days have grown fewer and farther between and the empowering days greater with each passing week. The stronger and happier I've become throughout this journey, I can't help but wonder.
Why would anyone ever give up?
Don't give up because someone in your life doesn't like the new you. There's 5 people who will love and appreciate the new you for every one negative. Don't give up because you had a bad meal. Don't give up because it's not happening as fast as you'd like. Don't give up because life got in the way for awhile. Don't give up on yourself and your goals. Remember why you committed to overhauling your life in the first place. You want this. Work for it! The reward is worth the struggle, ten fold.