Staying the course - Context
Following on from yesterday's post.
Many saw the post and a lot took positives from it. Some saw the post at the right time and that's a win. Taking positivity from the progress of others.
While many will take positives from the post, there will be some that feel, even though they tried really hard at previous diets or weight-loss regimes, they still couldn't keep it up.
This is not uncommon and if this is you, there is a reason behind why so many yo-yo in and out of different plans and challenges.
Staying the course is easier said than done, right? It's easy for me to just fire out this phrase will little regard for people's efforts?
Far from it. I know the efforts that go into following various regimes, and I know why people struggle to continue with these said regimes. It's not from a lack of will or commitment.
It's more to do with the regime being too restrictive or complicated to continue fitting with people's schedules.
Here's a little secret. Lucy, the lady in my post, didn't count calories or weigh food EVER in the process of her taking back control of her body.
She ate, or had the freedom to eat pizza every week. That was a nonnegotiable from the start. It was arguably this freedom that allowed her to continue when weeks weren't as good as others.
Ironically, I also have a client that I have solely utilized specific calorie amounts and specific macro splits. His numbers are in the attached photo. I have added weeks 6 AND 7 so you can see that numbers can fluctuate, due to a number of reasons. Don't panic, stay the course and the needle will move. We are now moving the needle in a slightly different direction so maintenance is key before increasing numbers in the right places.
This is where I need to add. While we had some conversations around better options for foods, nothing was off the table. They both have the opportunity to eat whatever they want. We just developed habits that aligned with their lifestyle goals.
Restricted diets, removal of certain food groups and weighing and measuring can and do have great results. But, they are not always healthy.
Stay the course, but the right course