Whether you’re on a weight loss journey, a health journey or any journey that improves your overall health and wellness, the key to success absolutely lies in setting yourself up for it.
I’ve tried many weight loss journeys over the years and all of them ended in failure, only to gain back the weight I had worked so hard to get off; not only gaining it all back but never reaching my ultimate goal in the first place.
So why is this time any different from the rest?
It is different because I am different. I’m not the same person I was a year ago. After leaving a relationship that I didn’t know was emotionally abusive until I left, I realized how much of me was lost. For the majority of that relationship, I had been pulled in so many different directions trying to make someone happy that just wasn’t capable of being happy, that I lost the strong, confident, independent woman I had worked so hard to become. Ironic that those are the traits he initially loved about me. So when it ended, I was left with the question of who the hell am I and what do I do now?
Well first, I grieved the loss of the relationship, not the one I was in but the one I had fooled myself into thinking it could be. I grieved hard. It was bad. It was rock bottom bad. I had questioned everything about myself and everything I had allowed. I mostly blamed myself because I let him do that to me. I let him treat me the way he did. But then I stopped. I forgave him and I picked myself up and told myself that this has to end. The cycle of self abuse and self negativity has to end. I needed to get back to health. Not just physical health but emotional and mental health. I need to get back to the strong, confident, independent woman I was.
Ok but how? How do I do this and fight off that self sabotage?
The first step for me was to join the Ideal Protein Protocol (IP). It was the first time I found something that actually worked! It got me past the 30 pound plateau that I always hit and then gave up on. It got me down 47lbs! But then I stalled. Man have I stalled. It’s been nearly two months now and I’m down 1 pound!
So here’s where the work comes in and here’s where I start facing my demons and being truthful about who I am and why I’ve done the things I’ve done to keep me from living a healthy life, physically and emotionally.
I stopped doing the IP. This was wicked scary but I knew in order to knock me out of this plateau, I had to try something different.
I had noticed the commercials for the Noom app and was ever curious about it. It’s an app that helps you to reach your health and wellness goals by using psychology to back up your choices. So I decided to download it and give it a try because in the end, I have to learn how to eat real food in a healthy way. It’s the only way I will reach my goal and keep the weight off.
So far I am absolutely loving the hell out of this app. It’s made me see things differently. I’m finally realizing the truth behind my unhealthy choices and I’m learning new ways to counteract those in order to make the right and healthy choices. I’m looking inside myself and holding myself accountable. I’m planning meals. I’m planning days, I’m planning workouts, I’m planning everything.
Here’s the largest factor in making your health and wellness goals come true. Be accountable. Write everything down. Weigh everything, always. Eat balanced and healthy. And plan. Plan, plan, plan and just when you think you’ve planned it all, plan some more.
There is zero tolerance for being lazy about these things. You can’t expect true and lasting results if you let your negative, self sabotaging mind take over.
Do not let it tell you, “I got those measurements down pat, I don’t need to weigh anymore.”
Do not let it tell you, “I worked out extra hard yesterday, I deserve a break today.”
Do not let it tell you, “I can have that extra piece or I can eat that because I worked so hard”.
If I’ve peaked your interest in the Noom app, then seriously go check it out. Yes, there is a monthly fee to use it but anything that helps you reach your goals and make them last is well worth the money in my books. One of the nicest features of this app is that it connects you with a real live coach and after a few weeks connects you with a group of like minded individuals who will become part of your support system.
I know what your mind is saying, “I don’t want to share anything with anyone. I can totally do this on my own.”
Here’s reality, if you could do this on your own, you wouldn’t be reading my blog right now. So get out of your own way and get out of that damn comfort zone and connect with people who have the same ass struggles that you do and finally,
FACE THE TRUTH.
48 lbs down and I’m wearing LULULEMONS!!!