Everyone that has found themselves wanting to shed some pounds, increase their activity, or get into shape have likely also found many reasons why they aren’t able to reach their goals. If you follow my facebook page, @inyourboots, you may have read my recent post about the top 5 things that I allowed to get in the way of starting my own weight loss journey.
Today I am going to talk about the first thing on that list, which was feeling so overwhelmed by the number of pounds that I had to lose that it was just easier to not try at all.
At my heaviest, I tipped the scales at just over 300 lbs. I was told by my doctor that I was morbidly obese and that if I didn’t lose a substantial amount of weight, I was at risk of developing all sorts of awful diseases.
Well, the first thing that I will say, is that when you are as overweight as I was, you don’t need some white coat to tell you that you are unhealthy. You feel it with every breath and every step you take. You are totally out of breath after only a few stairs. Your joints send shooting pain up and down your body with every movement. And you are almost certainly feeling hopeless and depressed.
So when you start to look at the current information available about what your “ideal” weight is for your height, and you realize just how many pounds you would have to lose to fit into the “healthy” category, in your already fragile state, it can be completely overwhelming! My original goal, before I took any action to move towards it, was to lose 140 lbs. And the thought of that paralyzed me.
What did I do to get past that paralysis and get moving towards that lofty goal? I had to break it down into bite sized goals. Mini goals that I could actually believe I was capable of achieving. Although it is helpful to have some idea of your ultimate end goal, it won’t help to build you up and increase your confidence.
My first mini goal was to be down by 2 pounds after 2 weeks. When I reached that goal before the deadline, I felt amazing! I then set my sights a little higher and set a new goal of losing 3 pounds in the next two week period. I crushed that one too and was on top of the world! So you see, by just breaking the “big” goal down into smaller sub goals, you can actually start to feel empowered and in control as you reach them instead of focusing only on the “big picture” and feeling defeated before you even start.
Give it a try! I hope that this helps you to breathe deeply and recognize that weight loss and improving your fitness is a journey and not a sprint. Celebrate every success, no matter how small, and you will start to feel stronger and more capable of making it to the finish line.