Here you are smack in the middle of your weight-loss program. You’ve been doing it for a whole month now, and you’ve been satisfied with the results—eight pounds down and about thirty to go.
The current week, though, has been hard, harder than the preceding four. You don’t know why. You’ve been exercising just the same and sticking to the diet just the same—at least that’s what it seems like to you. But there must be something that you’re doing that’s different. Maybe you should be doing something you’re not. You consider the fact that you can’t expect to drop your weight each week, but you go back to the idea that you might not be doing it right.
You insist on taking a harder look at what you’re not doing or what you are doing that’s not working.
Stop right there.
This kind of focus is critical. Digging into what’s happening or not happening is what can carry the dieter through a rough patch. Your attempt to understand what’s what here starts a search process that probably involves some or all of the following kinds of thinking:
- Sifting through the different elements in your weight-loss process
- Evaluating which weight-loss steps might be more or less relevant to your current state of affairs
- Integrating prior knowledge with what’s going on now
- Checking out your motivation and mood
- Re-focusing yourself on what’s really relevant to reducing your weight
- Re-allocating your resources
Thinking it through aloud and verbalizing your thoughts can enhance the process of digging into what’s going wrong and why you’ve stopped losing weight.