You wake up one day, decide it’s time to lose some weight, and immediately feel energised and motivated to get started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. You have a few friends who share your enthusiasm and support you through the process, not to mention those countless social media accounts that bombard you with the perfect figures of women you know you’ll never match.
You make an appointment with your personal trainer and head to his or her studio. You’ve been there before; you know what to expect. There will be equipment scattered around, music playing, lots of chatter, and you’ll leave pumped and inspired to continue in your new, healthier lifestyle.
You’ve done this before and know what to expect, but something is a little different this time. The chatter in the room has quietened, and you’re finding it more difficult to engage with the trainer. You know you’re there to work hard and lose weight, but the last thing you want to do is push too hard. You wonder if this is normal; is it harder to lose than to gain weight? Is it the same for everyone? Or are you just not pushing hard enough?
You’re anxious to find out, so you ask the trainer, who confirms that yes, it’s harder to lose weight than to gain it. You assume he or she is talking about regular people like you and your friends, not celebrities or high profile individuals. You feel a little let down but also relieved that at least you’re not alone in experiencing this. It would be nice to meet other people who’ve had similar experiences and bonded over it.
You want to celebrate reaching your goal weight, so you ask the trainer if there’s a ritual as part of the process. Your friend Jan suggests that you get a head massage, and you feel that this is exactly what you need to help you relax and feel less stressed about your new, healthier lifestyle. You’ve always heard that stress is bad for your health, and you want to make sure you’re not causing yourself any more stress than necessary. The massage feels so good that you decide to get one before you leave. You get a taxi back to your hotel and fall asleep feeling optimistic about your healthy journey.
The next day you wake up, realise you forgot to ask the hotel staff to turn down the temperature on your room. It’s a balmy day, so you decide to stay in bed and use the time to read. There are so many great books in English, and you feel overwhelmed by the wonderful selection. You order room service, and while you’re waiting, you google search “Is it harder to lose weight than to gain it?” You want to read as many reliable sources as possible and decide for yourself if you’re going to struggle with gaining or losing weight. You read a few articles and come across many studies that confirm what your trainer and friend told you – it’s harder to lose weight than to gain it.
What You Need To Know About Gain Versus Loss
You’re relieved to know you’re not alone in this struggle, but you are also determined to make the most of the opportunity. You ask the Universe for support and direction, and you make a list of the things you need to work on. You add to this list as you go along, jotting down everything that comes to mind. This process often results in a huge to-do list, and you decide you need to prioritise. You want to make sure you get as much done as possible, so you work hard. You need to know what are your weaknesses, and you decide to focus on one at a time.
You have a bad habit of binge eating, so you decide to tackle this first. You watch what you eat and lose a few pounds in the process. However, you don’t feel satisfied with this. You want to lose the weight for yourself, but also to be able to show yourself off. You want to feel good enough to go to parties and meet new people. As much as you’d like to hide yourself away from the public, you know this is not the right thing for your health. You set a date with yourself to finish the process. You want to get as much done as possible before then, so you focus on your next task.
The Importance Of A Healthy Diet
You decide that in order to lose the weight you need to cut out the foods you know you shouldn’t eat. You’re a vegan, and you’ve been following a plant-based diet for years. You feel strong, like nothing can break you. You eat the right food and exercise regularly, and you’re determined to see how far you can go. You watch what you eat and record what you’ve accomplished. There is no failure in this process; you just keep going until you reach your goal weight. You don’t cheat; you’re just eating to nourish your body and achieve your goal. You decide to celebrate this fact and order room service. While you’re waiting, you order another vegan meal and decide to treat yourself to something special. You feel great, and you don’t want to stop moving ever since you decided to become more active. You want to keep going, but you also know this is not healthy and cannot continue. You need to take a step back and consider what you’re doing. You feel physically and emotionally drained, and you wonder if this is normal.
How To Deal With Disappointment
The process of losing weight feels like it’s going so smoothly. You’re ordering room service, working out at the hotel gym, and following a diet that’s keeping you full and inspired. You watch what you eat, pay attention to your body, and see the weight disappearing. You’re expecting to wake up one day and find a dress that fits, but you know this is not how it works. The closer you get to your goal, the harder it becomes to acknowledge that you need to stop. You want to put this weight back on for all the wrong reasons, and it’s hard to face the truth. You feel good and confident in your decision to lose the weight, but when your health is at risk, there’s no other choice.
You decide that it’s best to be proactive about this and set a date to stop the process. You want to look back on this time with pride, not regret, and know you did everything you could to ensure you achieved your goal. You also decide that it’s important to surround yourself with people you love and trust. It’s easy to feel alone in this struggle, but you’re not. There are so many others who are also committed to seeing this change. You decide that it’s important to take things day by day and not to look back with regret. You need to look forward with optimism, knowing you did the best you could under the circumstances.