Finding & Fighting the Roadblocks to Success
For almost all of us, we fight various battles on varying levels with pursuing a healthy lifestyle of good weight management and choices that promote long term health. Weight management seems to be one of the top struggles for many.
Sometimes the old lies and tapes in our heads can be the biggest roadblocks and identifying them is 90% of the battle. Know your enemy! Here are just a few of those roadblocks and ideas to tear them down.
Keep a food diary to identify your patterns of not only what you eat during the day, but the times of day you’re your resistance is at its lowest.
Going it on your own is a sure way to keep yourself back. Find a walking/workout partner and share your goals and struggles so that you keep each other encouraged, accountable and on track.
Learn to have healthy snack options on hand such as nuts, boiled eggs, string cheese, KIND Bars and other sources of protein and complex carbs to battle the less healthy choices you historically fall back on.
Portion control can allow you some of the more tasty options so you are not in total deprivation mode (which can lead to binges), yet keep things manageable and in perspective.
Drinking a tall glass of water does wonders to not only battle an immediate craving, but is so critical in metabolism boosting.
- Nutritional/body function roadblocks:
Poor digestion which deprives your cells of getting the right nutrients needed to metabolize and release fat for better assimilation of your food. Take a digestive enzyme and/or probiotics (with your doc’s permission) with your food to help improve breakdown and nutrient absorption, helping your cells to feel full and reduce the cravings so you get to those goals faster
Imbalanced hormones cause your body to hold onto more fat and retain fluid. This floods your fat cells with the wrong message. Chronic stress depletes the body of needed ingredients to make and maintain cortisol which is the body’s stress hormone. Progesterone is a key hormone in weight loss as well . Get to your doctor for a hormone check and consider options to get back in balance.
A liver detox helps to decrease toxins and allow improved nutrient absorptions. Dietary changes can eliminate most of the toxic foods as well cleanse your liver.
- Mental roadblocks can really be debilitating in weight loss.
Learn to identify where you make disparaging remarks about yourself and your body. Are you on the negative track? Ask those closest to you help you point out where they hear that in your life. Set some new tapes to replay and get on a better track.
I recently saw a man in the store who was almost morbidly obese and wearing a t shirt that said “Here’s Blubber”.
Focusing too much on numbers on the scale. Ignore that scale and focus instead on how your body feels, how your clothes fit. As you get into better conditioning and build muscle/lose fat, you will likely notice a more significant change in your size and how your clothes fit than a change on the scale. Remind yourself that getting stronger by building lean muscle is one of the best ways to lose fat.
Stress in your life drags your spirit down and decreases motivation. Identify the stressors and put a plan in place to battle it. Leave work at a more reasonable hour, get an exercise partner, take up an activity that leave you feeling lighter, stress free.
So, remember, identifying the roadblocks to your success is 90% of the battle. Learn yours and you are well on your way to victory over your roadblocks.