“Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglas
In this day and age we are all overwhelmed by the responsibilities of trying to lead a successful life. It’s up to us to succeed in a career, to care for our family, and to earn a living for both today and the future. The stress that life puts on us to do all this can quite often make us blind to the need to care for ourselves both physically and mentally.
When we lose touch with ourselves through our constant struggle to keep up with all of our responsibilities, one of the first areas that this neglect shows is in through our diet. How many times have you heard a friend or family member, or even yourself say “I used to be in such better shape, I don’t know what happened!”. People recognize that they are not who they want to be, but taking charge and doing something about it seems like such an overwhelming task that people just settle unhappily into their less than perfect bodies.
Lets take a look at some of the main reasons why fear is keeping you from losing weight:-
1). Fear of The Unknown:-
People like consistency and routine. Thinking about making changes can cause anxiety which can in itself propel unhealthy habits such as unhealthy eating. The challenge of making lifestyle changes can present such a challenge that people won’t even try because of a fear of failing.
Everywhere around us we receive messages that influence how we lead our lives. We are constantly bombarded through advertisement and media, which entice us with products that are counter to our health goals. Friends and family can be a negative influence as well. Misery loves company, and if someone else is imprisoned in an unhappy overweight body, it comforts them to have someone else who is in the same situation. Don’t let their fear of change influence you!
Denial plays a large role in our lack of will to change our bodies and to lose weight. Putting a paper sack over your head and ignoring the situation, isn’t going to make it go away. Nor can you justify your weight through blame. Certainly their are many external factors which influence us, but ultimately we are our own bosses. We need to take charge and take that first step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Doing something as challenging as losing weight is like taking a bitter pill at first. Therefore the first tiny steps are never made by people. “I’ll do it tomorrow”, turns into next week, next month, next year… Time passes by, we forget about our weight loss desire, and we surrender to our unhealthy lifestyle. It’s important to understand that we only have a limited amount of time in this world. The time to start changing is today.
By recognizing our fears and facing them, we can begin our journey to our better selves. Take the first steps today with an achievable weight loss goal: 1-3 lbs. and see how, by overcoming your fear of losing weight you can discover the brave person who you really are.