How to Stop Cheating on Your Weight Loss Goals

Excuses and trade-offs appear in many forms

Jill Reid
Jill Reid
Aug 10, 2020 · 4 min read

Having trouble losing weight?

Join the crowd.

The continuing battle of the bulge is fought by the majority of Americans. But rather than looking at this important issue as a “fight,” consider this approach: Try removing the dreaded four-letter word from your vocabulary — the one that’s been holding you back from success … Diet.

If you still believe a diet will change your life, you’ve effectively constructed a mental hurdle to success — one with a start and end date. The concept of “dieting” suggests a short-term stop-gap rather than finding a solution to a long-standing problem — just the opposite of embracing a healthy attitude toward food, fitness, and self-care.

If you’re in it for the duration, it’s important to adopt a positive vision of a better you. And band-aid solutions like diets have a tendency to take you off the health-track for as long as you decide to suffer through them.

Creating a Strong, Energetic Body Goes Far Deeper Than Dieting

Our overall wellness depends on several factors, including the food we put in our mouths and the maintenance we accomplish on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, when it comes to what we eat, even the best of us can slip up and cheat — resulting in guilt, frustration, and a feeling of failure.

But if we choose the overall concept of “good health” as a normal aspect of our mental and emotional mindset — along with the goal of achieving a healthier body — we’ll be less concerned about mustering the self-control to stick with a diet for just another week or two. Because living with a healthy state of mind becomes instinctual — and automatic.

Short Story

Several years ago, I was in the gym exercising with a friend. There was another gal in the room, working on what looked like a pre-programmed routine. My friend and I stepped out to hydrate and chat, while the other girl continued with her sets, powering through a fairly difficult and challenging program.

My friend turned to me and said, “She doesn’t cheat.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Doesn’t matter if anyone else is in the gym or not, she stays with it. No slacking off. She’s totally committed. She doesn’t quit until she’s completed her workout. And she’s not concerned whether anyone is watching or evaluating her progress.”

It’s a Model Attitude — One We Can All Adopt

Making the decision to become better, stronger, and more focused — regardless of the audience — are excellent goals. And once we adopt a personal priority of being the best we can be, all the excuses — and opportunities to give up — begin to fade away.

Embracing the idea of becoming fit and healthy can turn a work-out routine into a positive mantra that extends into other aspects of your life. Yes, there are lots of possibilities — temptations — to cheat when it comes to food choices, fitness, and behavior. And we all know how easy it is to convince ourselves it’s okay to bend the rules — just this once.

But Ultimately, the Results Tell the Story

Refusing to make positive health, fitness, or food choices inevitably leaves a dismal trail of evidence.

I’m guilty myself — and not proud of it. Occasionally, I have to remind myself of the small decisions that support my success, like not ordering the triple layer double chocolate cake for dessert.

Eating the cake would’ve been a weak choice — the easy way out — and simple to justify as a “reward” for a great workout or a deserved treat after a hard week of whatever-life-brings-our-way. But it still would have added 1500 calories of fat and sugar into my system — a heavy dose of toxic food side-stepping my healthy lifestyle.

And regardless of how I chose to rationalize it, my body would have to deal with the negative consequences.

girl with brown hair wearing blue long sleeve top and jeans laying on top of brick wall
girl with brown hair wearing blue long sleeve top and jeans laying on top of brick wall
Phot by Marcos Heredia on Unsplash

I’m Still Working Through the Rough Spots

And, admittedly, there are a lot of them. By using positive self-talk — and with the help and support of my partner — I’ve been able to maintain a consistent program to stay focused on living a longer, stronger life through positive lifestyle choices.

Ultimately, each of us has to find the motivation, logic, and justification for making better decisions about our food, level of fitness, degree of exercise, and overall health. What I’ve described — looking at it from a larger perspective — works for me.

It’s important to discover what makes sense to you!

© Jill Reid. All Rights Reserved.

Thank you for reading the article. You’ll find more tips and strategies on living a positive life in my book, Real Life

Jill Reid is the author of Real Life, and founder of Pathway to Personal Growth and Kitchen Spirit. Her books and articles explore life, happiness, self-improvement, health, productivity, relationships, and personal success strategies for living longer and stronger through positive lifestyle choices.

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Jill Reid

Written by

Jill Reid

Author of “Real Life” & “Discover Your Personal Truth” | Writing on life, relationships, happiness, health, & personal success — http://RealLifeBookSeries.com

In Fitness And In Health

A fast-growing health and fitness community dedicated to sharing knowledge, lessons, and suggestions to living happier, healthier lives.

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