How to Stay EPIC AF!
Congrats! You’ve had that Mirror Moment. You know, the point when you catch a glimpse of yourself and realize: “Damn, I did it.”
All of those months – in some cases years – of commitment, eating the right types of food, portion control, disciplined workouts and overall determination led to this new beginning. You’ve hit your goal weight… So now what?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it takes a fresh plan – something as focused as the one that got you here.
Fact is, 97% of dieters within three years pack on even more pounds than they lost. Obesity research often fails to reflect this disappointing truth, however. It’s mainly because related studies rarely track people beyond 18 months post journey.
Look, none of us want to fall back into old ways after that initial push, but it’s easy to see how it happens. When you’re losing weight, there’s HUGE motivation in watching scale numbers drop, fitting into once-tight pants, and hearing people praise your progress. It’s an absolute rush, and very well-deserved.
When you’ve finally reached your wellness milestone – the one that drove every decision up until now – there’s almost an anticlimactic lull that takes over. It’s how we’re wired as humans! You got a taste of tangible reward from your personal drive. You were laser-focused to make it happen, and you did. But since you’ve cleared that first, physical hurdle, it seems like it should take less to maintain on a daily basis.
So we ease up. We slip back, thinking we can hold the progress rolling at our old speed. Before you know it, missed workouts and extra bites quickly add up to 5…10…15 lbs. Maintaining weight-loss is the most crucial part of the journey, and it’s also the most commonly forgotten step.
Here are a few of my suggestions, based on decades of perfecting the formula! Keep your head up and stay in front. You’ve earned this Changed Life – Don’t stop now!
Start a Food Journal: This is a must when looking to manage weight loss. Logging your dietary intake from day-to-day puts everything into perspective. When you see the exact number of calories and nutrients you’ve consumed, it’s easier to decide on a meal that’s right for you in the moment.
Weekly Weigh Ins: Many diets are too restrictive, throwing in requirements that are difficult to keep up with in real life! That’s why it’s important to track any fluctuation in real time, which weigh ins do. As soon as you notice you’re slipping, take action. It’s easier to lose two to three pounds versus 10!
Exercise Daily: We maintain most aspects of our personal hygiene through daily, preventative care… Brushing our teeth, taking a shower, etc. Your physical fitness should be no different. Develop a realistic regimen, even if it’s only 30 minutes here and there. Having exercise as a scheduled priority increases your chances of GETTING IT DONE!
Shift Your Goal Perspective: When we view a diet as a quick fix rather than a long-term solution, we’re more likely to give up and gain back the weight. Instead of focusing simply on the short-term objective – registering a set number on the scale – look at your efforts as a total life change. The more you apply this fresh outlook, the easier it becomes to stay true to the results.
Remember, it takes time to etch those healthy habits into a routine. Be patient with yourself and don’t let all your hard work go down the tubes. Know your weaknesses and be prepared. You will be tempted by certain foods and situations, but if you keep your resolve strong, you can stay ahead of it all.
It’s a Lifestyle!