Aug. 2, 2021

The Mental Reason Why Weight Loss is Hard

The Mental Reason Why Weight Loss is Hard

Weigh in:

In my last episode, I was up to 235. This episode as I end July, I'm at 232.96. Part of this success was based on a few simple practices.


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Why Weight Loss is Hard

In listening to Mel Robbins, Who is the author of the book The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage (get the audiobook for free) she brought up something that is so simple, and yet makes so much sense.

Why is doing all the things that lead to weight loss hard? You know things liked:

  • Giving up Sweets
  • Alcohol
  • Exercising
  • Getting up early
  • Trying new foods
  • Giving up soft drinks

We all know this stuff. We know we need to make lifestyle changes and not just jump on the latest fad diet.

Are you ready?


Does that make sense doesn't it? We want to be healthy. We want to love longer and avoid pain as long as we don't have to do anything we don't want to do.

Do You Rember When Your Parents Were a Pain In Your Butt?

They said things like:

  • Put your dishes in the dishwasher
  • Clean your room
  • Make your bed
  • Be home at a certain time
  • Go to bed (little ones love this)
  • Take out the trash
  • Save Your money

Why did they tell us these things over and over and over?


The Mel Robbins 5 Minute Rule

Mel says our brain has two sides. One is autopilot and the other is an emergency brake. We go through life doing those same things over and over. When we try something new, our brain gives us about 5 seconds to take action before it will slam on the emergency brake and stop us from trying something new.

Mel suggests we do a countdown as we say out loud 5, 4, 3 ,2, 1 and then we take action. For me, while it doesn't work 100% of the time, it does work the majority of the time.


I have also identified the lie is, "I don't have time." I started walking 2 miles a night. I didn't think I had time. I started taking different paths around the neighborhood until I found one that was mainly flat with a few hills.

I do it somewhere between 7-8 pm to start. If I'm enjoying myself I might take a different path. The hardest part? Putting on my shoes. For me, walking isn't hard.


In the morning this is one thing I struggle with. Doing the countdown, or just being my own parent, I've been getting out of bed and riding my exercise bike. I don't always use one of their built in programs, but I continuing to build that habit of getting out of bed and exercising. Something I plan on doing as I now return to the road for my job.

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