How to Stay Motivated to Keep Losing Weight During Times of Stress and Uncertainty
This week is a life changing week in my household.
My wife and I have been shopping for a house to call our new home for the last eight months or so. Ultimately, around November of last year, we decided to build. That house, our home, is officially finished as of today.
Today (Monday): Official walkthrough by lender (final appraisal)
Tomorrow (Tuesday): Our official walkthrough. We get to meet our new home.
Friday: We sign on the dotted line and start moving! Moving will start and end Friday.
Our current house is packed up for the most part. We’re treating the next few days like a vacation, eating the same meals at the house using the same ingredients. We’ll probably rely on eating out more and more as the week progresses. We’re also using our suitcases as a home base for our clothes and personal effects.
Even though I’ve planned everything out as much as I possibly can, knowing that we won’t be living in our current home come Saturday is stressful. Exciting, but stressful.
Oh, and then there are things like this:
“We request that we have the lender documents by noon the day before; however, most lenders ignore our request! Hopefully, this one will get it to us in a timely manner. I will get you a figure just as soon as possible.”
That’s the verbatim reply from my real estate attorney when I asked her how much money I’d have to bring to closing (Friday, four days from today!). Bare in mind, I’ve had my part of the real estate transaction done weeks ago — but I won’t know the exact amount of money I’ll need to bring Friday until about 24 hours beforehand. That’s exciting.
While this will all be fun once I get the keys in my hand on Friday, it’s not fun today. It’s stressful and life changing and I don’t know what each new day will bring this week. Even so, I’m staying commited to going to the gym every day this week. I’m also committed to counting calories and not letting food comfort me.
First and foremost, we have to recognize that it’s a mental game. There’s nothing we can do but change our mind when it comes to staying focused and motivated to keep losing weight. That stress you’re going through? It will pass. It may not be as quick as a house closing to pass, but won’t last forever. You may be going through a bad time at work, a stressful semester at school, unemployment, etc, but just know that it will pass.
Whatever your detriment might be, it’s not going to last. You know what does?
Your health. While your current stress and uncertainty may last for days, weeks, months, or even years, it will pass. You will be out of school. Your job situation will improve. The impact and feelings you have after the death of your father will go away.
Your health, your weight problem, will still be waiting on you on the other side. You can choose to work on your weight and your goals through your stress or you can keep putting it off — it just makes the problem worse, though, and harder to beat.
Conquer your weight today or years from now you’ll be wishing you did.