Before and after pictures are inspiring. We love seeing transformation. Someone who is 100 pounds overweight finally decides to do something about it, and they actually succeed. They work hard, eat right, keep going, and after a year they look like a new person—thin, fit, and happy. Their story inspires us and we decide to become the next transformation. We want what the after picture is selling.
So we buy healthy food, order exercise programs, buy the supplements, and hit the ground running. Everything is so exciting. We can't wait to finally get the body we want. We are confident that this time it's going to work.
Two days later, we are already deciding to give up. It doesn't feel nearly as exciting anymore. We are hungry, sore, tired, and talking ourselves out of continuing. The fact that we lost a decent chunk just in those first few days makes us feel like we somehow earned a break. So we take it, deciding to pick it back up another day.
The truth is, losing weight is hard. We're told how easy it is all the time, but the process itself can feel brutal. There is a way to succeed, but we have to understand how to make it through the times when it gets tough. We have to embrace the truth about the process.
Here are four lessons I learned during my own weight-loss journey: