10 Simple tips to being happy while correcting health and weight
We each have our own ‘relationship’ with health and weight loss. Trying to explain this relationship to an outsider can be tricky. After all, it’s far more than just a health program—it’s a mission, a community, and a lifestyle. And as is the case with any relationship, there are ups and there are downs. So when times get tough, step back and reflect on these 10 tips to make sure your relationship with weight and health correction is a happy one.
Get involved with the community
You’ve heard it before. When you get to know the people that are on the same journey as you, you gain a good group of lifestyle partners—people who will hold you accountable to your goals, who will progress with you, support you and challenge you to become healthier. Moreover, they’ll make your experience on this journey more fun! No one wants to celebrate PRs by themselves, and misery loves company. The relationships you build at your group can transcend the walls of your groups. It’s more than likely that some of the friends you make on the group will become friends for life.
Celebrate the small victories
You can’t achieve a major goal every week. Even on the worst days, there’s something to be proud of. Yes, the donut may have won, but you should be proud that you didn’t quit, and you persevered through the pain. OK, your numbers might be far lower on the weight loss, but perhaps your actions were much improved, your path far more efficient. Trust that there always be small victories to be had every day, and you’ll be far less resentful about those terrible days.
Put failures behind you
The key to a lasting relationship with this lifestyle is to understand why this happens and accept it as a by-product. To put these failures behind you, mentally recap the week and ask yourself, “Why?” Maybe your poor result was a question of fatigue (and therefore time for a rest day or two), or something more specific such as a lack of sleep or relationship issues. Understand, assess, accept and move on.
Appreciate your progress
Do you tend to obsess over the present and future—rarely do we take the time to truly appreciate where we started, and how much progress we’ve made over the months and years. It’s hard to recognize major developments on a day-to-day basis, but when you think about your first month of health and weight correction—what weight you wanted to lose, how well you could move and how much energy you had—and compare it to your present performance, you’ll surely be astounded. It’s good to get a dose of perspective now and again in order to remind yourself that you are indeed moving in the right direction. It’s just another reason to track your numbers—it’s the best way to measure your progress from month to month (or year to year) and compare your past PRs against your current ones.
Stop comparing yourself to others
It doesn’t do anyone any good. It doesn’t matter if you’re comparing weight, time, or physical appearance and worrying about what others think of you. It’s important to remember that we’re all unique and our strengths and weaknesses can be as varied as our personalities. Don’t get side-tracked by comparing yourself to others and you’ll be that much happier for it.
Learn about your journey
Whenever something interests you—a new hobby, a travel destination, a book—it’s likely you take the time to do a little research and learn more about the topic in question. Why wouldn’t you? As humans, we are an inquisitive species, and we like to be well informed about the things that spark our curiosity. Health and Weight correction is no exception. While it may be a lot to take in—you’ll learn a ton and be more appreciative of the community that you’re a part of.
Get outside the box
News flash—there is more to life than weight loss. Shocking, I know, but it’s the truth. We should all strive to be well-rounded individuals, both in our fitness and character. That means doing other activities outside of the house, like playing other sports, going to concerts and traveling to new destinations. In addition to providing you with active recovery, mixing things up away from the box can help you to avoid burning out. It’s also great to see what you can do with your newfound energy and mental strength by testing yourself with new and exciting challenges.
Be consistent with your training
When people get better at something, they become happier too. Everyone likes to see hard work pay off, but the only way you’re going to improve in health and weight correction is if you’re consistent with your actions—both inside the home and out. Woody Allen said that 80 percent of success is showing up, and that rings true in all walks of life. If you want to become better at health and weight correction—and thus be a happier person in the process—you have to commit to showing up and doing the work on a consistent basis. No cherry picking!
Enjoy the journey
The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” This is also true for weight and health correction. What is the value in getting upset with yourself when you’ve had a bad week? Give yourself a break and enjoy the journey!
Know your why
Finally, a crucial part of remaining happy with this lifestyle is reminding yourself why you do it in the first place. We all have our reasons—be it for stress relief, health or fitness goals, the social environment or for sporting competitiveness.