May 3, 2011

Be Patient! Persevere!

            When we are on an exercise and diet program it might take a week or two before we notice any changes, but they will steadily appear. After the first month, you will be able to see the results and measure them in terms of looser fitting clothes.
Keeping your motivation up is one of the most difficult aspects of dieting. There will be days when healthy eating goes out the window, and there will be weeks where you may not lose any weight…or put a little back on.
This is normal for everyone, dieters or not, so do not let it undo your plans for a slimmer you. You are not doing anything “wrong”, but you may need to look at your plan. Do you need to increase your activity levels? Make a few more changes to your diet? Put more effort into sticking to your current plan?
The other side of this is to make sure you celebrate your goals. While there is joy enough in stepping on the scales and seeing them dip lower, be sure to mark long-term progress with a reward, such as new clothes or time off from domestic chores.
Celebrating is also a way to involve your nearest and dearest; it is up to you whether you want their encouragement in the form of gentle reminders not to eat certain foods. But support from other people can get you through the bumpy patches.