Sometimes, a word of truth just knocks you over.
That’s what happened to me on Wednesday.
I was feeling pretty low about my weight loss progress when I ran into my old trainer at the gym. While I don’t pay him to kick my butt anymore, he still checks in on me from time to time.
I was on my way into the locker room, done with my workout, when he asked how I was doing.
I started into my well-rehearsed spiel, “I’m not gaining, but I’m not losing…”
He stopped me right there.
“It’s because you’re not persistent,” he said.
I took a sharp breathe in. He was right.
I wanted to shout back, “but it’s hard!”
Instead, I realized, there’s the rub.
It is hard.
My trainer saw me through a year of steady weight loss and now he’s seen my daily gym visits become sporadic, he’s heard me complain about my commute into the city, my struggles with eating healthy all the time, and he called it as he saw it.
I wasn’t being persistent.
Consistent for sure, but not persistent.
Weight loss is hard. Anyone who tells you it isn’t is flat out lying. Weight loss means not eating out at restaurants, it’s turning down free food at work and passing on sweets during the holidays. It’s drinking water when everyone else is ordering beer, It’s going to the gym instead of sleeping in and it’s re-imagining your entire life around the goal of health.
Somewhere, I lost my acceptance that this would be hard. I wanted to lose weight and do all of those things, somehow cheat the system and that’s not how it works.
I thought,”Well, I’m consistently healthy, so what I do once in a while shouldn’t matter.”
Consistent, with a definition of “unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time” just isn’t good enough.
1. Continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
When I stopped accepting that this was supposed to be hard, I gave up the fight, the persistence and steadfastness in accomplishing my goals.
There is no more pretending that this isn’t a battle. The good part, the upside in this, is that I already know the sacrifice and dedication is worth it.
Saying “no” to temptation is saying “yes” to a healthier future. Doing what’s best for me means I can be my best for my friends and family.
There’s a reason the diet industry makes so much money. Losing weight is a struggle.
My advice? Accept the struggle. Know what’s coming will knock you down, get ready to be uncomfortable, to do things you haven’t done before, and be dogged in going after what you want anyway.
“The best way out is always through,” – Robert Frost