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Welcome back to another Tip Thursday, today we are talking about something that I struggle with on a daily basis, which is discouragement. Let’s be completely honest with ourselves here, the path to a healthy lifestyle isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Dark days will come and sometimes those dark days include not always seeing the path you need to be on.
With social media constantly shoving perfectionism in our faces and flooded with dramatic before and afters, it’s tough to stay focused. I had touched on this a little in an update, but I wanted to dive more into it today. Social media is a funny little thing. It provides so much support but it can also harm you one your journey. I love scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and seeing so many body positivity posts and weight loss journey posts, but I found myself constantly asking, “Why haven’t I seen those results?”
See no matter how strong we are mentally, physically, and spiritually, we will all face seasons of discouragement. Seasons where we just feel like what we are doing is not enough. I have been there many times and it is tough to be able to step outside of that and find the motivation to keep going. So what do we do? What do we do when we just continue to become discouraged because of what we see on social media? Here are a few things that have worked for me and I hope they work for you:
- Log Off: Yes, it’s really that simple. If you find yourself constantly comparing what you see online and your own progress, log off. The more your scroll and the more you surround yourself with it, the more discouraged you will feel.
- We are all different: This might be a tough one for some people to grasp, but you need to understand that we are all different. Our chemistry is not the same nor do our bodies work the same! Your progress depends on your body – don’t set yourself with unrealistic expectations. Like I always say, celebrate the off-the scale victories. They prove way more than numbers.
- The most important! Know where you started. You need to know where you are starting. I know that when I started this journey, I had a lot more body fat to lose than most people who start the keto diet. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was made up of mostly fat and very little muscle. By understanding this and knowing this, it’s easier for me to put my journey into perspective. I have a further way to go than most people and it’s evident in the pictures that I have. I carry a lot of fat in my torso and back and it’s just something that I’m going to have to continually work at shedding. It’s not going to happen overnight, but if I stick with this, it will happen for me eventually. I just need to keep picking myself up and finding victories in the small things.
I cannot sugar coat this and say that this will be an easy journey for you. There will be moments of weakness and moments of discouragements, but the most important thing is that you have to keep moving forward. You cannot just sit in your moment of sadness and disappointment. You need to pick yourself up and keep moving. If you don’t, you will end up in a never-ending cycle of yo-yo dieting. The thing about changing your lifestyle is that it’s a complete shift in the way you were doing things before. It’s not going to be easy and it’s not going to happen overnight. The results aren’t going to come when you want them to, but you need to constantly remind yourself that YOU are a work in progress. As long as you keep moving forward and keep working on bettering yourself, the results will come.
So stop comparing your story and your results to what you see online. Stop comparing it to your friends and family. You are a unique and wonderful individual.
**As usual – by no means am I a professional in the field of psychology or anything for that matter, but I’m sharing what has helped me along this journey. I cannot be held responsible for actions that are taken too far.**