You aren’t new to the weight loss struggle.
You’ve tried countless diets and exercise routines. You’ve even been successful at shedding some pounds.
… but those long-lost pounds seem to keep finding their way back to you and you are just plain tired of this seemingly endless battle.
Friend, you can lose weight and keep it off by learning the top 20 things that no one tells you about how to truly be successful on your journey.
This is part 11 of a 20-part blog series that will give you a strong foundation of strategy you need to lose weight, keep it off, and start living the life you were born to live!
Some of what I share will be opposite of what all the diet gurus tell you, so read on with an open and prayerful mind and let God work on you from the inside out of your health and fitness journey!
This time, you mean business!
Yeah, it might be the twelfth time this year you’re starting a new weight loss journey, but you really have your mind made up this time!
You’ve found the exact weight loss plan you want to follow. You’ve Googled and Pinned a ton of recipes and tips and tricks to help you along the journey. You did an overhaul of your cabinets and refrigerator and tossed all the non-compliant food and snacks in the garbage. You’ve gone to the grocery store and stocked up on the necessary ingredients and snacks to help keep you on track.
You even pulled out your workout clothes and set your alarm clock to get you up a tad earlier in the morning so you can prove to yourself just how determined you are to get back into the weight loss routine and finally be rid of those unwanted pounds and inches.
Yep! You are on the right track.
Your husband comes home from work with his arms loaded with your favorite New York Cheesecake, Doritos, and those delicious seasonal coffee creamers you absolutely love.
He’s got a big grin on his face, thinking he’s scored some wifey points for his thoughtfulness and he’s ready for you two to spend a weekend binging on Netflix and yumming up some of your favorite snacks.
As he brags about the bags of deliciousness he’s brought home, you feel every ounce of motivation draining from your body and quickly being replaced with frustration. This isn’t the first time you’ve told your hunnie of your need to lose weight and have seen him show up with diet-crashing snacks. Nor is it the first time you’ve been super determined, only to have all your plans and stick-to-it-ness wash quickly away.
You feel completely unsupported by the one who is supposed to be your biggest support and your biggest fan. You wonder how in the world you’re going to lose weight and get healthy when your partner in life seemingly finds pride in sabotaging your diet goals.
Friend, I have news for you, and I pray you receive it with the love I’m sharing it in.
Your husband is not the reason you are struggling with your weight loss.
Your husband is not the reason you’ve been yo-yo dieting on and off, time and time again.
Your husband is not the reason you lose motivation and binge eat your evenings away, when no one else is looking.
Your husband is not your reason for weight loss failure … and he will not be your reason for weight loss success.
The not-so-secret, secret to weight loss success and maintenance is all found in the way you think.
It’s true. Your thoughts are powerful and can drive you to great heights. Paul even tells us in Philippians exactly how we need to guide our thoughts in order to find strength and success. He says to think on these things.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV
I know! I know! It would certainly be much easier if your husband, your partner, would bring home salad instead of Reese's. It would help if he didn’t order pizza, knowing you have a hard time resisting biting into the saucy, cheesy goodness. It would make your journey much easier if he would join along with your eating and exercise plan.
All these things are true. Your husband’s support is good and would make your efforts easier. However, even if he were to do all of these things, you will find yourself faced with other temptations and moments of weakness. So, no matter if your husband is your biggest supporter or just can’t help himself with showing up with your favorite snacks, your thinking is going to drive the outcome of the eating and exercise choices you make in every situation.
The answer to finding the determination and motivation you need to lose weight and keep it off is training your mind how to think and being intentional with the thoughts you allow to flow. While your husband, family, and friends can add to your support, the support you really need is found within yourself.
I love helping women, just like you, reclaim self-control over food, lose weight, and find freedom and joy in the life God has given them. You don’t have to take this journey alone; I’d love to help you. I’m a Christian Weight Loss Life Coach and have helped women get past the barriers they’ve struggled with for years to find long-term, sustainable weight loss.
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