Two weeks ago, I was standing in a dressing room in Banana Republic, poised to buy a dress in a size much smaller than I’ve been accustomed to. How did I achieve this change you ask? I set some pretty big workout goals for this summer: (1) lower my body fat and (2) gain more muscle (particularly in my arms), which has generally been pretty hard for me to do. I was thrilled when the diet/workout plan worked! I got compliments from family, friends and co-workers. I was strutting my stuff in a smaller body and you couldn’t tell me NOTHIN’!
But as I stood in the dressing room holding up this super cute dress, a chill of self-doubt went through me. “What if I gain the weight back? Should I really buy this dress if it’s not going to fit in two months?”
It’s the same thought that stops me from having my clothes taken in or giving away clothes that are too big to Goodwill. And some of those same friends, family and co-workers had also already begun telling me: “Oh, it’s okay if you gain the weight back, you tried.” or “You look great but it’s going to be hard to maintain this, isn’t it?”
So all this got me thinking about diets and weight loss goals and what to do when you actually lose the weight you wanted to lose, or get the definition you were looking for. At that point you reach a crossroads -like I did in that dressing room- where you have to:
1. Celebrate Your Success!
You achieved your fitness/health goals, so celebrate! Buy that outfit that you couldn’t fit into before or have that favorite suit/dress taken in and strut your stuff. Don’t let doubt about the future spoil the glory of the present!
2. Check Yourself.
Now that you’ve celebrated, really ask yourself: How serious are you about making this diet/exercise regimen a lifestyle? A long-term thing? If you’re not, then you’ll easily fall back into the old patterns and likely gain the weight back/lose the muscle. If you’re really serious, then think about your current fitness success as a milestone, not the finish line.
3. Set a New Goal!
I’ve decided to set some new goals! I’m going to try a different workout to shake things up (maybe pilates or yoga- eek! I’m not that flexible!) and I’m going to commit to some new changes to my diet. So, ask yourself: What am I going to do to get to the next level?
*** How do you stay motivated after you reach your fitness goals? ***
P.S. I got the dress, and it looks fabulous.