Looking Forward: The 6 Things You Have to Prepare for When You Achieve Your Weight Goals!!
By- M Pimentel
Congratulations on an excellent job! If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re one of the very few people who has worked hard and finally managed to achieve your weight goals — or you’re pretty close to doing so. Either way, you’re probably asking yourself, now I’ve hit my weight target, what’s next? Well, there are at least six things that you should know, now that you’ve reached this point.
1. Choose the Right Kind of Reward – You’ve Earned it!
Before you made it to this point, you obviously must have set a difficult but achievable goal, and you’ve managed to put in the physical, mental, and emotional effort required to keep at it. Now that you’re here, it’s equally important that you reward yourself with the right kind of prize. And why not? After working so hard, you certainly deserve to give yourself a bit of a treat.
There are many different rewards that can be both memorable and enjoyable — like a holiday or an all-out eating binge. However, giving in to these types of rewards won’t reinforce the habits you’ve built up to get where you are now. Keep in mind that when choosing to reward yourself, select something you’ll enjoy that’ll also help you maintain your good health habits.
We get it — you definitely deserve some relaxation and happiness. So, take a look at some of the ideas we’ve got for rewards that reinforce healthy habits.
Instead of your usual out-of-town holiday, what about you consider a yoga retreat? A yoga retreat is basically a fitness enthusiast’s holiday. You’ll be surrounded with people who, like you, would love some time to simply relax, meditate, exercise, and detox. There’ll be no temptation of any food that is bad for you being served. Neither will you feel as though you’re missing out on something if you choose your retreat wisely — find somewhere tranquil, with scenic views and comforting landscapes that’ll turn your holiday location into your very own paradise.
Instead of an eating binge, take a healthy cooking class. There are many healthy cooking classes out there where you can learn how to make delicious, enjoyable, healthy, and inexpensive dishes, either in the comfort of your own home or in a special kitchen studio of your choice. Such classes provide a fun opportunity not only to prepare and cook, but also eat great food and meet new people who have the same interests as you.
2. Don’t Grow Complacent! Ensure You Have a Maintenance Plan.
If you’ve reached your goals, you have mostly likely changed many of your habits for the better. This may mean that you’re now eating more vegetables and less meat, and prioritizing fitness workouts despite your busy schedule. Make sure to continue making these choices if you don’t want to negate your progress thus far.
What does it mean to become complacent? Most people on a fad diet only make better choices temporarily, i.e., they eventually start breaking their own diet rules and find themselves backsliding. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself regaining all the weight you’ve lost within 2 years or less. Your goal should be a permanent lifestyle solution. Changes needn’t be sudden — instead, gradually choose better lifestyle options until your choices become second nature to you.
3. Fitness Isn’t All About Weight
Once you’ve lost all your excess weight, you’re bound to feel more confident: you’ll look better and find that your body is moving easier. At a certain point, your weight may plateau, and you’ll realize that fitness isn’t just about weight loss. Don’t just work on maintaining your weight through exercise, work instead on discovering the plethora of other benefits exercise can bring you, apart from weight loss.
Do you want to start building more endurance for your daily activities? You may benefit from incorporating more cardio-centered workouts in your routine. There are also exercises to tone your body, reduce stretch marks, workouts to build strength and speed, and routines to help reduce stress and prevent injury.
There are so many things that you can do if you’re willing to explore and try out new experiences; there’s absolutely no reason to let yourself go back to where you started.
4. Challenge Yourself Further
Why challenge yourself further? New goals will make it easier for you to not only maintain what you’ve achieved, but to become something more, something you’ll be even more proud of.
There are many activities that you can consider taking up. Ask yourself, what will challenge you further and help you in gaining a higher level of fitness? You could try out a few different options, see what you enjoy, research on how to prepare for it, and just start doing it step by step.
Fun runs are a fantastic example of what you can get involved in. You can start doing three-kilometer runs first, then progressively make your way up to twenty-one kilometers. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself running long-distance marathons, perhaps even competing in ironman events.
However, do make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of setting impossibly high goals for yourself. Setting higher and higher goals that become almost unachievable can become an endless cycle, and may lead to failure, depression, and emptiness. Remember why you’ve set a goal in the first place: to have a happier, healthier life and to keep making better lifestyle choices. Remember that, aside from fitness competitions, there are many other fun activities that you can try out.
5. Learn a New Physical Skill
Have you ever become entranced by something you’ve watched on TV or you saw on the Internet, but never dared to try it out yourself? Is the belief that there are things you can’t do in your current physical condition stopping you from exploring many of your options? Well, now’s the perfect time try new things out.
What say you to swimming, martial arts, cycling, surfing, parkour, and many other athletic activities and sports? Not your cup of tea? What about something that will appeal more to your artistic side, like dancing? You’ll be surprised at just how physically tasking dancing, acting, and singing exercises can be.
These activities will not only give you the chance to learn new skills and enjoy doing newfound physical activities, but will also help you find people with similar interests.
6. Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People
Once you start involving yourself in more physical activities, you’ll find yourself meeting new people with the same mindset about fitness as you. It is important to surround yourself with these people as they will also help you maintain your good habits as well as introduce you to new activities that you might enjoy.
Lastly, you will need to prepare yourself for a sad reality: haters. Because some people may envy your success — keep in mind that these people may be your friends and relatives — they may pull you down and downplay what you’ve achieved. Never forget that what you’ve achieved is extraordinary. Don’t let other people tell you otherwise.
A Truly Healthy Life
Fitness isn’t just a physical challenge, but also requires emotional and mental effort. Now that you know what to do after you achieve your health goals, do conceive of and stick to a concrete plan that you can act on immediately. This ensures that you’ll keep moving forward, and never backslide.
Once you’ve started adding more physical activities to your lifestyle, it’s very likely that you’ll also learn to enjoy and appreciate a lot of things in life more. Your healthy habits will spill over to other aspects of your life, including work and relationships. You’ll find yourself becoming more productive, and likely more appreciative of time spent with the people important to you.
It’s oft been said, health is wealth. And indeed, it is.