Let's get one thing cleared up, right here, right now. Setbacks are going to happen. It's just a fact. I want you to do one thing, right this very moment. Accept that at some point, you will encounter a setback, or two, or eight! And that's ok. What's not ok...
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Just in case you didn't get it the first time: It's okay to slip up! In fact, it IS going to happen. It's not okay to use the set back as an excuse to quit all your hard efforts and give up on your goal.
These setbacks will even occur more often if you have big weight loss goals. Setbacks are part of the weight loss journey. The good news is that by putting mind over matter you can overcome these setbacks without negatively impacting your weight loss progress. That is why below we will look at 5 important and positive tips which you can employ when dealing with weight loss setbacks.
Avoid The Temptation To Judge The Setback
The entire connotation of the word 'setback’ is negative. Though this is a natural response, acknowledging that a setback is a common and inevitable experience will help you deal with them more positively.
If you recognize that a setback is simply life taking its course, is there any need for you to judge your situation? For example, During holiday festivities everyone puts on weight. If you are on a strict diet but find that you are 5 pounds heavier on the 27th of December, do not judge yourself and put yourself down. This setback is being experienced by everyone in your position. It is minor and can be overcome. There is no point sabotaging your future weight loss efforts by focusing on this one minor setback negatively.
Next time you experience a setback, remember that you cannot control everything that happens. Sometimes things will not go according to your well thought out plans but with the right mindset moving forward, these setbacks will have little impact on your long-term weight loss goals.
Look At Your Setbacks Objectively
In addition to not judging the setback, it’s important to look at it objectively. Often you'll find that the impact the setback has had on your weight loss journey is minimal really not something to worry about.
Once you have calmly taken a step back and evaluated your situation, you have the ability to see what actions that caused the setback. Then you can work towards improving on these actions going forward. Remember to take responsibility for your weight loss setbacks when it is needed but do not use this as an excuse to berate yourself or decide to give up completely.
Find The Positives
When you are dealing with a setback, you can choose to look at the downsides of the setback or focus on the positives of the setback and learn from them. For example, if you gain a few pounds, you can look at it as a failure which then leads to further future negative thoughts about losing weight.
Or, you can look at all the positive steps that happened before the setback occurs. You had a blast with your family during the holidays, overindulged on Aunt Ermas famous Chocolate Chip cookies, and now it's time to get serious again, because you would hate for all the hard work you've done go to waste.
By realizing that there were many positives and just a single negative leading up to this setback, you’ll feel a lot better about your weight loss journey as a whole. As you practice this habit, the positive feelings you have towards losing weight will grow and grow and you’ll naturally experience fewer setbacks as time goes by.
Turn It Into Motivation
When you experience a weight loss setback, it can help to remind you exactly why you want to lose weight. This can then help to reinforce your weight loss goals, strengthen your desire to lose weight and act as a powerful motivational tool.
So anytime you experience a weight loss setback, use it as an opportunity to fully focus on your weight loss goals and exactly why you want to achieve them.
It is important to acknowledge that you have experienced a weight loss setback but it is unwise to dwell on what you have done wrong. Instead, use it as a positive learning experience and move forward from there.
You can gain valuable insights from every weight loss setback and then use these insights to enhance your weight loss efforts going forward. This will reduce the chances of similar setbacks occurring in the future and provide you with a solid platform for weight loss success.
Setbacks are going to happen, so when you one, make sure you put these 5 tips into action and use them as a tool to strengthen your weight loss efforts going forward.