You may have been sabotaging your weight loss efforts for years. Read on to find out how this happens and what to do about it.

If you’re frustrated with your own weight loss progress, you’re not alone! Many women struggle with their expectations…the “when is it gonna happen”, as in, I should be seeing some results right now! 

woman frustrated with scale

It does seem sometimes that our body has a mind of its own when it comes to losing unwanted pounds. Weight loss never happens as fast or as steady as we think it should. Am I right?! Yeah, I am.

So, is our body fighting us?  There were times I thought that it was!  There are many “built-in” functions within our bodies that seem to cancel out our best intentions. But here’s the thing:  most of the resistance that comes into play is not from our body…but from the mind!

Here’s how this happens:

1. The brain collects info from the world around us and past experiences (“losing weight is hard”)

2. We create an internal dialogue or limiting belief (“I can’t do it”)

3. We develop an emotional response (sad, mad, defeated or depressed)

4. And then, we stop doing what we’re doing right, because we think it’s wrong…and not working. 

And then we get derailed and find ourselves in front of a plate of doughnuts drowning our feelings in that chocolate crème deliciousness.  

what gets in the way of our success?

Simply put, our feelings.  How we feel about our progress can actually determine our outcome! That’s why it’s so important to have a correct expectation of what progress looks like.  

Think of it this way.  If you are upset at your own progress, your brain wants to move quickly from that pain.  It’s more than happy to serve up better experiences – and this is also where habits come into play.  If you get on the scale and expected the number to be down 2 and it was up 2 pounds instead, you can totally get into your head about it.  But don’t go there.  

Truth Bomb #1

Just know that your brain will go (eventually) where you lead it.  And if you lead it to the doughnuts, it will happily oblige.  If you do this frequently, then it’s a habit that is very easily served the next time you are frustrated about the same thing.  

woman eating doughnuts

Truth bomb #2 (and my best advice!)

My best advice is to not get into your head about it.  If you know you are doing all of the “right” things, then your body will make adjustments along the way as it needs to.  Trust that your body is responding exactly as it should and move on.  Remember, if you make a big deal about where you are, it will become a big deal.  

The Vibrant Rebel mindset is all about focus, but on the right things.

A healthy weight loss journey is absolutely about focus, but also discipline and accountability.  You know you aren’t walking this path alone because I am right here beside you!  

Accountability

As you begin your adventure to a healthy body, be sure to take time to cultivate a healthy body and mind, so you can feel the way you want to feel and not halt your own weight loss progress.  It will take some time to get there, but I am guessing you would like to be at peace with your body.  And a dose of freedom is likely on that list, too.

Keep moving forward.  The freedom you are searching for is on the other side of progress!

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