Best of Back in Skinny Jeans: Originally posted October 30, 2007
The problem is never the beginning of your weight loss journey, it's the middle where all the hard, sweaty, calorie-counting work takes place. Somewhere in the middle, resistance starts, and the rationalizing begins. You start to rationalize yourself out of doing your workouts or sticking to your diet plan. In most cases, it always starts small like:
- "I'll do 3 workouts instead of 5 this week and just double up on the time." (But, you don't)
- "Having a couple gooey sugary treats is not going to throw my diet off." (But, it does)
- "I'll start over on Monday." (But, Monday came and went)
- "I'm too tired to go workout. I have all this work to do, so I have to stay at work longer. I hear they are bringing in Chinese for dinner. I'd rather eat Kung Pao than pow-wow in kick boxing class." (But, work always comes first)
The bottom line is that if you want to get back in those skinny jeans and shed that muffin top, you have to do the work, consistently and committedly. The only difference between those who reach their goal and those who don't is consistent commitment to success. You have to make your goal a priority and stick to it.
Yes, you'll have bad days, and slip up days because you're human, but in the long run, if you want to get into that slinky hot black dress, you have to stop with the rationalizing out of your weight loss commitments. Each rationale, although seemingly small, adds up over time to the point where you end up staying at square one. You can reach your goal if you focus on your success and do the work.