What No One Tells You About Weight Loss

Reality is that weight loss takes some work. I’m not telling you this and the other truths here to scare you off. Instead, I want to help open your eyes to the reality that putting work into the process isn’t off-putting, it’s amazing!

Here is what I really want you to know. 

You are worth the work. Anything worth doing in this life requires true efforts. It’s a life course with serious benefits, and when you commit to doing the work, you come away with a degree in person betterment. How long the process takes is different for everyone. Taking your time isn’t necessarily a negative thing. 

Know that the truth is empowering. Discovering what you’re doing that’s not helping you reach your goals and then working on changing that isn’t always comfortable. But knowing the truth about yourself and your habits can be empowering. If you have all the information you need you can make better decisions and focus your efforts on moving forward, not on beating yourself up for doing things “wrong”. Everything that you do is information. It’s nothing more and nothing less. Use it to inform what you do next and you can smooth out the sometimes-bumpy path to success. 

Patience is hard but you can learn it. As we lose weight, we might be uncomfortable with the physical and emotional changes with choosing to say no to others, or ourselves with carrying extra weight and with waiting for the changes to occur. We are uncomfortable unraveling and changing long-standing habits. The word “patience” is used in just about every religion. It is said to be a virtue and now I know why! The definition of patience is “to endure discomfort without negativity”. Anyone of us can endure discomfort, but can we do it without being negative? Impatience and negativity can stand in the way of weight loss, it did for me, many times. I lost weight but felt mad about it because I felt like I was the odd one out, watching what I ate while everyone else could do what they wanted. I still battle with that some days, but learning this definition has helped me immeasurably.  

Gratitude can be a game changer. The simple act of seeding and cultivating gratitude can change the course of your day, which can ultimately affect how you feel about the weight loss process. For me, when I’m feeling down I release my frustrations by thinking about what I’m grateful for. For instance, the other day I was getting worked up because I was stuck in traffic on my way to work. I stopped and realized the traffic was a result of an accident, I was suddenly grateful I wasn’t in the accident, that I had a full tank of gas, that my kids weren’t in the car with me, that things would be okay if I was a few minutes late. The more I work at being grateful, the more easily it comes to me. Practice it and you will feel its great benefits. 

Liz Josefsberg