Weight loss is an emotional roller coaster
Monday, November 09, 2009
In order to begin, you go through so much. You're standing in line, psyching yourself up to make a change. You experience fear of failure, doubt of whether or not you will accomplish your goals, and anger because you have to work at what some were born with. But you also feel excited about the journey you are about to begin.
The process of changing your diet and exercising is the uphill climb. You feel hope that you will accomplish your goals, guilt when you cheat on your diet, and denial when you say you'll only have one cookie. But you also feel proud of yourself for putting forth the effort to improve yourself.
When you start seeing results, you've reached the top of a hill and begin to rush down it, the wind whizzing past. You become elated with your success, and encouraged to continue the journey. When your friends and family and coworkers notice your progress, you feel acknowledged by your hard work, and eager to continue to work toward your goal.
This roller coaster has many hills and twists and turns, but it's important to remember that each climb results in an invigorating free fall. It's a ride, but it's worth it.