Apathy usually occurs when you’re depleted of energy. It results in an erosion of self-confidence. You feel as if you just don’t care anymore, and ask yourself whether it’s all worth the effort. A good trick here is to make yourself remember the pain you felt when you decided to change your eating habits. Think about the future you envisioned for yourself before you started the plan. Clearly, there were some very strong motivations to change your life around. Have they gone away? Of course, they haven’t. Next, remind yourself that you’ve already successfully taken a number of steps. In effect, you’re well underway. Ask yourself, “Why would I stop now?” Often apathy sets in from too much concentration on the final result, which may remain a couple of years away. Instead, concentrate on hitting your benchmarks. For example, what simple step can you take to change your breakfast routine so that you will never again skip breakfast? Make a couple of steps in the right direction, and when you’ve completed them, give yourself a pat on the back. This will begin to re-establish your self-confidence. With that coming back, you’ll find your energy renewed, and you can set some more small steps towards the end goal.
Most people feel it’s time to celebrate when they lose weight. That’s because they feel they’ve reached their goal. You must understand that you’ve only reached your goal when you die at your fighting weight. Celebrate every success, but learn new ways to celebrate that don’t involve indulging the old habits!
There’s a great expression which I believe to be true: If you want to know what your thoughts were like yesterday, look at your body today. If you want to know what your body will be like tomorrow, listen to your thoughts today. You must have a realistic understanding of how you’re going to live the rest of your life. Remember that the route you choose must be attainable, maintainable, and sustainable. Understand that it’s going to take two to five years to learn how to maintain and stabilize your weight at the right level. It’s always going to be a learning process, and so you must value who you are, all the way through this process with its ups and downs. You must build positive thoughts today, and every day draw yourself closer to your goal. What are your thoughts today?