Girl, I see you working hard to lose the weight and I am so proud of you. But I also see the struggle. Be cognizant of the negative emotions that can be associated with weight loss—feelings of vulnerability, frustration, discouragement, and perceived feelings of ‘failure’ when the weight doesn’t fall off as quickly as you think it should.
It’s time to stop being a slave to the scale. While a scale can be helpful in tracking your progress, it doesn’t always give you an accurate assessment of weight loss. And it certainly does ⓝⓞⓣ measure the positive strides you have made in your journey to optimal health. Your weight can and will fluctuate from day to day—this is especially true for women because of water retention and changes in hormone levels during your monthly cycle. And although before-and-after photos are inspiring, they can also stir up the negative emotions described earlier. Comparison is the thief of joy. Been there. Done that. Bought the tee shirt . One of my favorite takeaways from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a theme that I incorporate when I am coaching someone is that we are bio-individuals. There is not a one-size-fits-all diet, each individual is unique with highly individualized nutritional requirements.
So, in closing, ᗩ ᑎᑌᗰᗷᗴᖇ Oᑎ ᗩ ᔕᑕᗩᒪᗴ ᗯIᒪᒪ ᑎᗴᐯᗴᖇ ᗪᗴᖴIᑎᗴ YOᑌ. Your journey should be about feeling strong, confident, and healthy. Stay the course. Listen to your body. Crowd out processed foods and refined sugar with more whole, fresh foods. Move your body. Drink more water. Get restorative sleep (7-8 hours) and seek appropriate support. You are more likely to accomplish goals when you have guidance and accountability from someone who can help you sort truth from fiction.