Thursday, August 27, 2009
How kind to yourself are you when your journey to fitness and better health hits a bumpy detour?
Many of us do not always handle rejection well, even when it comes from a scale that refuses to move downward. But we don't need to beat ourselves up about it. Instead, we should recognize that our results reflect our actions and that our actions often need to be changed to re-direct our bodies to a new pathway toward better health.
It is common for people to lose weight initially when they switch to more controlled eating. Often, though, after a few weeks, their weight may begin to climb back up. It's true that many medications contribute to weight gain, as does stress and inactivity. But it is also true that when a body becomes accustomed to any stage of change, it plateaus and requires a boost to re-direct itself.
When our road to weight loss is blocked, we need to look to another area of our lives to change. We may need to increase our exercise or try different ones or aim for fewer daily calories, anything to rev up our body and get it on a new track.
Don't get stuck in a rut. Change your routine. And don't beat yourself up over a plateau. Recognize that it is likely due to your body becoming used to what you're putting it through and then find an area you can change to bolster your weight loss.
But, whatever happens, be kind to yourself. Continue switching what you eat and how much and your exercise routines and soon, you will once again be on the highway to success.