Losing Weight Isn’t An Overnight Process

Astrid Richardson is a life and wellness coach trained by the International Coaching Federation. Her experience includes working as a dietary consultant from Jenny Craig where she worked with clients who had various levels of weight loss issues. Astrid’s beliefs are that coaching can give clients a safe and loving space to explore, seek clarity, find awareness, and grow. To learn more about Astrid’s coaching practice visit our website.

By Astrid Richardson

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How many times have you attempted to lose weight? Has it been once, twice, three times or more? Each time, you start with a great deal of enthusiasm and feel that, this time, you’ll achieve your goal.  Often, you meet the challenge and lose the weight, only to later gain it back. The loss and gain can be disappointing and leave you wondering, “How did I let this happen again?” You might even feel defeated.

Let’s go back to the beginning of the last weight loss achievement and see how you accomplished your goal. Did you have a plan? Probably. You, most likely, looked at the many things in life that could get in your way and found solutions that would help you stay on track. That might’ve been using a calendar to schedule your exercise, having a meal plan and making sure that you planned ahead so you wouldn’t be caught unprepared. You may have even had a friend to keep you accountable and with whom, you could celebrate your wins along the way. These are all great ways to achieve weight loss. If you’ve achieved your weight loss goals, I sincerely congratulate you. That’s wonderful! So, now what? Will you continue to use the structures that supported you or will you go back to old habits that don’t align with your newly achieved goal?

Whether you’ve lost weight and want to keep it off or you’re starting anew, ask yourself, “What is my motivation?” Is it to feel better, look better, or both? Whatever it is, make sure that it is strong and you can remember it. A strong motivation, having a plan, and support structures are powerful tools for achieving and sustaining your goal. When life happens and setbacks occur, these tools will help get you back on track and restore balance. Don’t forget to be good to yourself and give yourself the love and compassion you need, especially during a setback.And remember – “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” – Henry Ford

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