Losing weight is not like jumping down an elevator shaft. you don’t just decide to do it and instantly lose weight. It takes more time and effort than that. It’s more like a long flight of stairs with escalators in them. Sometimes those escalators go up and other times they go down. You have to take the ups with the downs because that is just how it is. There is a simple trick to a accepting this, make sure that the ups don’t completely cancel the downs.
Going down the manual stairs is easy. The portions of your weight loss journey that are like down escalators are easier still. It’s the portions of the journey that are like escalators that go up are the hard parts. Just keep in mind that everyone encounters the up escalators on their weight loss journeys. You are not unique in that.
There will be times when, no matter what you do, you gain weight. Accept it and save yourself some angst. The trick is not to give up. Continue walking down that up escalator. You might have to move a little faster, but you will reach the manual stairs again, or even a down escalator.
If you pick up the pace on the parts of the stairway that are up escalators, you will come to the end of the escalator. That’s a given. If you really work at it, you will lose the weight. A little gain now and then just goes with the weight loss territory. If you give up and just stop, your weight loss stairway will become an up escalator and you will find yourself not only back where you started, but often, past where you started.
Weight loss is a journey with no real destination. Even when you reach your target weight, you will still need to work to keep the weight from creeping back on. If you don’t, it will. You might find yourself at the top of an even longer stairway. All you can do is to keep going.
Your best chance for success is to find a group of people who are trying to lose weight too and get together with them. It does help to know that you are not alone in your battle. While your weight loss stairs may not be the same, they will be similar enough to for your group to help you and for you to help them.
Once you forget about reaching the bottom of the stairs, you will find that the journey isn’t so bad. You will find things about it that you like and make them a habit. Your body will love you for it. When you are fighting your way down the up escalator, remember how good it will feel to get off it and back on the manual portion or even a down escalator. Feel good about yourself, and your journey. You will be miles ahead of anyone who doesn’t even try and that will be something to be proud of.
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