The 2 Components of SUCCESS...
- A solid maintenance program incorporating healthy lifestyle changes
- “Resetting the pendulum” each year
In reality, obesity is a condition just like diabetes. When people become diabetic, they have to learn how to get their condition under control and then they have to live every day of their lives in a way that keeps it managed.
A diabetic can't leave town and proclaim, “Hooray, I'm now on vacation. I don't want to thank about a thing, so I'll just leave my insulin at home”. For most diabetics, this would be a total disaster! Even after managing it for years, diabetics have to monitor their condition daily, including during vacations.
Manage your condition
Similar to the challenges of a diabetic, you can't ignore the condition of obesity. Once you have it, you're stuck. You are never completely free of this condition and since it can't be cured there's no being “done” with it.
Whether you've struggled with losing 10 pounds or more than 100 pounds this condition stays with you forever. Even after you've reached your weight-loss goal, you are never finished. And no matter how consistent you are with your eating and exercise efforts, for the rest of your life, you'' remain vulnerable to gaining your weight back.
Accept the condition
Don't let this care you – it's completely possible to maintain your weight successfully for the long run. But in order to do this, you have to take care of your condition every day, in spite of vacations, holidays, job changes, and other life challenges.
If this concept feels uncomfortable, start by thinking in terms of accepting that you have a condition. You may have to work through some anger or frustration to reach this point. It's not easy to give up the myth of being “done” with managing your weight. But until you decide to accept this and live in a way that shows it, you risk gaining your weight back time and time again.