Completely changing your body and your lifestyle is no easy feat, but it’s nothing compared to ditching the mental baggage you may have accumulated in the same period.
A common complaint from people who have made drastic fitness transformations?
I still feel fat.
Change comes in irregular progressions and often, our inner mental game takes a while to catch up to our external gains. It can be a bitter realization, that even though you shed the weight, toned up and took charge of your life… you still feel the same as you did when you were fat and unhealthy.
Does this mean all your work was for nothing? No!
- Go easy on yourself. It’s all a process. Keep going, and you’ll keep improving.
- Don’t neglect your mental health. Deal with depression and anxiety well before they have a chance to undermine your results.
- Focus on what your body can do, rather than just what it looks like.
- Work on that personal development. Low self-esteem can become a way of life, but shake it off by challenging yourself to be more than you have been in the past.
- Keep going. You are never finished when it comes to health and fitness goals. Use that little seed of dissatisfaction to power yourself to bigger and better things. You’ve already proved to yourself that you can do it!
- Cut out the self-deprecating. You’ve done a good job, and it’s OK to say so.
- Trust people. Often, getting more romantic attention after weight loss can feel strange and unwelcome. Trust that people have good intentions.
We all fall prey to the glossy “after” images where weight loss magically means that every problem in life goes away. Of course, it doesn’t, and nothing brings this home like being on the other end of drastic weight loss and feeling… just ok.
But be patient – your body and your mind will sync if you give it time.
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