Do you feel like you’ve been working forever to shed that stubborn fat and your whole life feels like one long challenging fat loss journey?
Believe me girl, you are not ALONE.
But what you may not realize yet is that you might be approaching burnout if keeping up with your diet feels like a punishment and your time in the gym doesn’t feel fun anymore. Lucky for you, I know just how to tackle this before you find yourself on the edge of giving up.
Research data shows that the percentage of people who are overweight or obese and trying to lose weight has declined in the last two decades from 55.65% to 49.17%. It seems the longer adults live with extra weight or obesity the less likely they will want to work on losing the excess weight, especially if they have attempted it multiple times already.
Can you relate? So many of my clients have felt this way at one point or another.
There comes a point where many give up completely. If you feel you are nearly there I am here to tell you that it is possible, even if you’re not super focused on the scale or the size of your clothes. Here are 4 ways to get back to a healthy weight without being hyper-focused on training for fat loss.
SET A PERFORMANCE GOAL FOR YOURSELF
I am definitely not an athlete, but you still can find a challenge for yourself and work towards it. This can be anything you feel would make a huge impact on your life. Is there something you always wanted to do but you felt you didn’t have the physical ability to do it?
Choose a goal that will help you face something you fear. I know people who have issues with deep water swimming. If you are afraid of it too, you might want to learn how to swim and sign up for an event to prove to yourself you can do it.
Other performance goals can include:
TRAIN FOR STRENGTH
Strength comes in a variety of ways and can sometimes be tied together with performance goals. One thing is for sure, becoming stronger will only benefit you in the long run. You may not believe it just yet, but by overcoming physical challenges and becoming stronger you set yourself up for a mindset that will help you to overcome tough situations in other areas of life too.
Or simply walk into a room with confidence.
These are achievable goals, but they require a periodized workout program, a lot of self-discipline, and NOT training for fat loss.
EXERCISE FOR FUN
Who said that working out must be boring and hard? Oh yeah, it was all those Insta-famous trainers and their #noexcuses BS.
There are so many ways of getting off the couch and if you’d like to stay healthy and fit for the long term, you will need to enjoy what you’re doing, otherwise you won’t stick to it. So why not start from the fun end and progress from there?
STAY ACTIVE AND SOCIALIZE
This is a no brainer, unless you're an introvert like me. It is easier to enjoy many activities when engaging in them with other people. Maybe that's a hiking trip, a small group training session, a dance class or an online fitness community.
You can enjoy the support of people who think similarly, you can ask them questions and can count on them to help you through the humps and lows and give you that extra motivation that takes you.
Does that make sense to you? Fat loss is important, especially if you feel like it stops you from activities or opportunities and your excess weight poses a long-term health risk. However, by stressing about the number on the scale and worrying about your (non)progress every week will only make things worse.
If you feel like you’re about to give up, take a step back, assess if there’s anything in the above examples that could take your mind off of fat loss for a bit, forget about the scale and try to enjoy yourself a little. Believe me, once you’re into habits you enjoy, fat loss will happen as a side effect, seemingly effortlessly.
Have any questions, send me a message and let me help you figure out what works for you!
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.