You are setting yourself up to fail
How many new year resolutions did you say you wanted to accomplish? 5? 10? 15? When we start the year out we always have high hopes and big goals which is a good thing, but learning to prioritize and focus them is the key to success. If you try to do too much all at once you are setting yourself up to fail. Especially with weightloss you need to be realistic and take small steps, one at a time. Changing your eating habits, exercise and lifestyle all at once is overwhelming and is most likely not going to work.
You need to step back and look at the bigger picture. Where are your temptations and what small changes can you make to take you out of situations that lend you to an unhealthy lifestyle. Maybe that means skipping a weekly lunch that you always overeat at (at least until you get your eating under control) or rearranging your time so you have a guaranteed time every day to go to the gym – no excuses!
You think it should be easier
You think losing the last 5 lbs of fat is easy? No way! Losing 50+ lbs isn’t any easier. They both take time and commitment. Stop thinking that your goals are too tough and start making realistic action steps and mini goals to accomplish them. If they were easy you would have most likely already accomplished them. Don’t be so hard on yourself, stop giving up after a month or two and give your body and mind time to adjust to the new changes you are introducing.
You aren’t willing to sacrifice anything
You want to lose weight, but aren’t willing to cook more at home or give up the nightly bowl of ice cream. If you’ve set resolutions in 2014 that you truly want to accomplish, then you have to be willing to sacrifice to get there. If you aren’t willing to sacrifice anything, then stop trying to reach the goal it’s obviously not that important to you.
Your friends and family aren’t supportive
The number one reason that people fail in losing weight is their friends, family or significant others aren’t supportive. Your husband grocery shops and refuses to not pick a package of oreos, tub of ice cream and bag of doritos. He swears they are for him, but you know as well as he does that if they are in the house you will eat them. You family insists on going out to their favorite restaurant instead of somewhere you can find a healthy option for dinner.
Losing weight is a big mental battle with yourself. You have to name the goal, overcome temptations, and sacrifice until you reach it. I promise once you get there the reward is so much greater than anything you can ever imagine. Stop giving up to quickly, stick with one goal at a time until it becomes a routine or you reach the goal. Don’t be your own roadblock to your success.
What do you think is holding you back from losing weight this year?