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"How do I get rid of this hopeless feeling that I'll never lose weight?"
Losing weight is one of those things that doesn't happen overnight.
And when you think you'll never get there, it's easy to feel like there's no hope. And worse, when you've lost hope you start wondering if this whole "losing weight" thing is even worth it.
Here's the thing, though:
Even if your motivation has hit rock bottom, there is a way to regain hope and get yourself going!
The trick is to avoid making the 3 mistakes that make you feel like losing weight is impossible.
To listen to Haley and I talk about what to do when weight loss feels hopeless, just click play below.
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You've been trying to lose weight, but nothing seems to be working, and you're not getting anywhere.
It's not because you don't know what to do. It's not because you don't have the willpower. It's not even because you don't have a plan for how to go about it.
It's because you don't know what you want to achieve.
Here's what I mean:
If your weight-loss plan is more like "I want to get healthier" or "I want to be able to run for longer," that's great! But it's so fuzzy that it doesn't help you figure out what to do and when to do it.
It's like jumping into your car and shouting, "Let's go west!" Sure, you have a general idea of where you want to go, but you don't know which road to take, where to turn, or how long it will take to get there.
But if your goal is more concrete, like "I want to run two miles without stopping," it's easier to see where you are now and what you need to do next.
So, before you start this trip, make sure your goal is clear and what you want to accomplish.
So, let's just get this out of the way: you're not going to lose weight by winging it.
You don't set out to drive across the country and just hope you'll find your way. No, you get a map or, even better, a navigation system to help keep you on the right path.
The same goes for losing weight. A lot of people have tried to just "wing it" and failed horribly.
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
You need a plan, a map, a path to follow that will get you from point A to point B.
Okay. So now you have a clear and defined goal, and you have a plan to get there. We're good to go, right? Wrong.
Feeling hopeful is the result of having a plan you know you can follow—no matter what happens.
You see, when you feel like there's no hope, the real problem is that you're following a plan you know you can't stick to.
That's why so many of the diets that tell you to give up whole food groups, fast non-stop, or work out until you're too tired to move are doomed to fail.
You're trying to follow a plan that's not sustainable—and you know it! And because you know it, you can't help but feel hopeless.
The trick to losing weight and feeling hopeful is to have a plan you can stick to.
Here are three quick tips to help you find a good plan:
It needs to be flexible—you're only human! If your plan requires extreme discipline and no wiggle room, it's probably not the right one.
It has to work with the way you live. If something doesn't work with your schedule or doesn't match your interests, chances are you won't stick to it long enough for the results.
It has to have accountability. If you're going to be successful, you need a support system and someone to hold you accountable. If you don't, it will be too easy to lose interest and give up.
It's important to keep in mind that losing weight isn't just about the number on the scale—it's about how you feel! If your plan makes you feel hopeful, motivated, and inspired, then you'll be successful.
And to feel hopeful, it's essential to get clear on what it is that you actually want, to have a path that will get you there, and to choose a plan you're sure you can stick to.
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