Some journeys seem to be difficult with obstacles and it seems to be easier to give up.
Why walk on a path of rough boulders when you could walk on a paved flat path?
Because not all destinations that are worth getting to have an easy path.
Weight loss is one of them. We could go the easy route selecting a diet or program that is easy and we lose weight quickly. Then, once the program is over and we go back to our “normal” eating the weight returns as well.
A bumpy, difficult path can teach us more than the easy one.
It is our choice. We can chose to learn or ignore what is going on around us, why what we do is unhealthy or causing us weight gain.
We are in control.
That is very empowering.
As an overweight person, about 300 pounds, I felt out of control. Diets did not work. They were easy to follow, telling me what and how much I could eat. They did not teach me what a healthy lifestyle was or how I could be happy eating healthy foods and leading an active lifestyle.
They want you to jump in from day one.
If we think of it like a path. Some paths are temporary, like a trail through a forest, if no one uses it for a few weeks or months it disappears.
How long did the Roman roads last? They have foundations, they took a long time to build and real effort. The path though the woods did not.
If we create a foundation to our weight loss path, plan, learn and make real changes we can be like the Roman Road. Lasting more permanent.
Taking time to learn how we can live a healthy life where we do NOT feel deprived of food, where we can do the activities we want, and that we enjoy. That is worth the effort.
What is being a normal weight worth to you? A quick fix that does not last? Or a longer journey that is permanent and easy to maintain?