As we dive into the second half of the Weight Loss Challenge, it’s vital to note that while many of our members are striving to get rid of extra pounds, there’s also extra baggage that we all carry around with us, weighing us down mentally. From the death of a loved one to childhood traumas, from low self esteem to having little work-life balance, this extra weight inhibits us from really succeeding at whatever goals we’ve set for ourselves.
I have had many people come to me and say, “I just don’t understand why I can’t accomplish my goal.” People think that they’re doing everything in their power to change, but often something is blocking the person mentally from reaching whatever it is they’re working toward.
Many times, knowledge is really where the power lies. Those who track food in MyFitnessPal are successful in losing weight, simply because they know what they are putting into their bodies. They begin to see patterns in their eating, such as too little protein at breakfast, snacking on the wrong foods, not being able to gauge portion size, etc. And when they realize what the problem is, they can begin to make small tweaks and changes to lead them in the right direction.
My challenge for you this week is to think about what extra weight you carry around with you every day and identify ways you can ultimately shed that extra weight. This can seem daunting at first, but tackle it little by little. You are not going to shed everything in one day, so go in with realistic expectations. Whatever your struggle though, you can overcome it once you acknowledge what it is and take the necessary steps to let it go. And though it is much easier said than done, when you take control of it, it can no longer take control of you.