Losing weight is no easy task. It takes a lot of termination, commitment, perseverance. More than most people are aware of. You might be on your weight loss journey and think the biggest enemy you face while losing weight is food, time, procrastination, physical aliments. But I have to tell you those might be obstacles you have to deal with but they are not your biggest enemy.
The Biggest Enemy You Face While Losing is weight is… moments of temptation.
Those moments of temptation to just hit the snooze button, not to exercise, to just have one piece, to just start tomorrow, to give into feelings of defeat.
It’s hard to face those words. That I AM my biggest enemy when I give into moments of temptation. That I am fighting against myself not to give into those moments of temptation. When I do give in I get in my own way of accomplishing my goals. I feel defeated and guilty afterwards. When we are in the battle to lose weight we need to know our enemy. We need to know ourselves. To do some honest soul-searching. No hiding behind what you want to believe about yourself. But truly knowing yourself.
How to Face Your Biggest Enemy While Losing Weight
Be Honest with Yourself
We get so wrapped up in the business of every day life that we don’t sit down and listen to our own thoughts, our hearts. It is easy to tune out the things we don’t want to face. It is easy to fill our head and heart with constant noise. Take time to get away to a quiet place. And ask yourself honestly, now (the only person you will be lying to is yourself)
- Why do I struggle to eat healthy?
- Why do I give up on losing weight?
- How can I better schedule my time to fit in exercise?
- Am I truly happy with how I am physically? What can I change to be happy? What can I not change?
- Have I truly committed to getting healthy?
- What is my number one physical struggle that is the hardest to get past?
- What do I struggle with emotionally that might be holding me back?
- What do I need to deal with Spiritually in my life?
- What do I need to change about my mental outlook on life and weight loss?
- Do I have an eating disorder that I need to get professional help for?
- Am I an emotional eater?
- Do I eat out of boredom?
- Do I eat when I am stressed?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself. Write them down. Write down anything else that comes to mind. Be honest with your answers. It’s hard. I know I have had to do this.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
List out both your strengths and weaknesses that you have, not just on weight loss but everything. Are you determined, a leader, creative? Make a list. It is so easy I think to list our weakness isn’t? But make sure you list both. Write them down so you can look back at them later down the road. If you need a little help ask you spouse or a close friend.
Know Your Triggers
You need to know what triggers you. This should include positive and negative triggers. Know what triggers you to stress eat? (more than just stress, be specific!) What triggers you to take action? What triggers you to stop trying/caring? To succeed in your goals, be it specifically weight loss or some other area in life that you’re trying to improve you will need to know what triggers you to accomplish your goals and what triggers you to stop going for them all together. Does every little bump in the road derail you from picking yourself up and persevering? By knowing your triggers you will be able to better prepare yourself for when they come.
You are not alone is this journey. So many are trying to lose weight and get healthy. Find support. Join online groups. Join groups in your community. Set aside self-consciousness (it’s hard I know I struggle to do this too) It can be hard to ask for help on such a personal matter. Find the support you need. One of the good things about weight watchers or joining a gym is it gives you the opportunity to build community. Enlist the support of your spouse or a close friend. Find a person who can help you be accountable not just to them but to yourself! They will want to help you to succeed.
Change Your Attitude
It is so easy to dwell on the negative things in life isn’t? You are going to have to change how you talk to yourself. Your attitude about yourself. No more I can’t do this. It’s to hard. It is hard. I Know I struggle too! But we are going to need to have a positive attitude. We will need to practice Positive self talk. Really talk to yourself. Encourage Yourself. Build yourself up. This will have to become a new habit if you don’t already to this. Especially if your going to beat this enemy 😉 You will have to change how you think about yourself to get victory.
Take time every day to journal about whatever. Really write it all down. Read it. Know yourself. Know your thoughts. It will help you to be able to identify why you struggled that day or why you had such an amazing day. It will help you to identify triggers and better plan for them so that you can be strong and overcome moments of temptation.
Know Who you are in Christ
As a Christian you are a new creature in Christ. A Child of the King. Fearfully and wonderfully made. Remember who you belong to. Remember that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Spend time in the Word every day. Find scripture to memorize and meditate on. Spend time in prayer. Use this battle in Losing weight as a time to draw nearer to the Lord.
Knowing your self-will help you to better prepare for the biggest enemy you face while losing weight-moments of temptation that come your way on your journey to better health. Take the time to sit down and hear your own thoughts and heart this week.
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