How dieting and going to college are the same

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Do you remember for first day of college?? Full of excitement and maybe a little bit of anxiety? Ready for the next step in life but not sure what it might bring?

 

You just knew that these were going to be the best four years of your life. Read that again. You knew that they were going to be the best FOUR years of your life. Not the best week. Not the best day and not the best month.

 

Nobody goes to college expecting that they are going to complete their degree in half the time that it takes everyone else. Some people work their a** off and are able to shave off six months of their graduation time by taking summer classes or more classes per semester. Some people, it takes a little longer because maybe they change their major or fail a class.

 

 

The point is that nobody does less work than anyone else. Everyone must complete the same requirements to get that degree.

 

 

The funny thing is that everyone knows this and has come to terms with the fact that they will have to complete a certain number of classes to get the degree that they desire. They know this will involve having to take classes that they do not care for to get to the ones that they are looking forward to. Nobody is looking for a quick hack or or some shady place that sell degrees for $1,000.

 

 

The first day, week and month of school people start with the focus of doing well in each class. The focus on completing the required work within the given deadlines.

 

 

They are learning how to balance both a new lifestyle and new workload. This comes with bumps in the road and many missteps.

 

 

They are focused on the process and not the outcome. They are focused on building habits and routines that support their success.

 

 

So here is my point. How long did it take you to gain the extra weight that you wish to shed? My guess is that it did not happen over one night, one week, one month or even one year?

 

 

Focusing on how quickly you want to lose the weight and what new diet hack will get you there is a recipe for both limited and fleeting success.

 

 

Instead focus on the habits you need to change and how you are going to be successful at that.

 

 

Focus each day, each week, each month on how you will cultivate daily consistent change. If you focus solely on the process rather than the outcome and the timeline, you will end up with the results that you so desperately desire.

 

 

Is this a simple strategy for sustainable success. YES! Is it easy? HELL NO. Why do you think the diet industry is a billion dollar industry that sells the the thirty-day quick fix, special weight loss foods or supplements?

 

 

Why do you think there is a “NEW” fad diet every month of the year? If these diets truly resulted in permanent weight loss why would we be constantly having to try something “new” and “improved?”

 

 

People often think that it is easier for everyone except for them. This may be true for the lucky few but for a majority of people it takes work.  It takes accountability, it requires building new habits and doing them consistently even in the face of adversity and the challenges of life .

 

 

People often publize success but they never publizes failures or struggles. Ever failed a class? Been fired from a job? How many people did you tell??

 

 

The moment you accept that weight-loss is hard-work, that it takes consistent change (sometimes changes that you are less than thrilled to make initially), time and that their will be bumps in the road then the sooner you will be on the path to your goal. Once you accept the hard truth and stop fighting it…..it actually becomes easier.

 

 

If you don’t know how to start, struggle when you hit a bump in the road, or routinely give up after a month then hire a coach. Nutrition coaches keep you focused, motivated, they remind you that this is a marathon, not a sprint and teach you how to power through life events and road blocks.

 

 

Want to see if nutrition coaching is for you? Set up a FREE consultation call with me by email Theresa.Worley@icould.com