Complacency is a difficult word to talk about in regards to weight loss. None of us like to think that we would ever get complacent during our journey. But sometimes we do. I know I did. I’m categorizing complacency as different than just a planned maintenance. You may feel differently, but to me, complacency is getting comfortable where you are – even though you have not reached your next goal. And to be clear, the next goal does not have to be about weight, although it certainly can be.
Complacency can occur in all areas of our lives. I’ve gotten complacent at housework, jobs I have had and weight loss. Complacency at weight loss caused me quite a few problems. The very first time complacency got me was way back in high school. I lost 20 pounds over the summer before my junior year and after I lost the weight I thought I had conquered my love of Oreos and fast food. But NO! I had not and promptly gained the 20 pounds back.
When I got married, I experienced a feeling of complacency. I was married, I was happy and didn’t realize the effect overeating was causing on my health and eventually my weight. I was complacent until I started to outgrow my pants and had to keep buying bigger and bigger sizes. I lost a bit of weight, got complacent again and gained it back. The same cycle happened during my morbidly obese years as well.
One thing that helped me avoid continued complacency during my final, successful weight loss was always thinking ahead to what was next for me.
I learned the importance of setting realistic goals and kept pushing myself forward. I set easy goals like walking one more minute, watching my caffeine consumption or fitting into the next size down pants. I also learned to fight the fear that I feel triggered some of the complacency. I believe I experienced some fear when my weight hit certain milestones. When I got below 250, I felt nervous. 200 pounds found me just as nervous but very excited. After both those milestones I had to remind myself to set some new weight and non-weight related goals.
I’d encourage you to think about the role complancey may play along your journey. Not just your current journey, but journey’s you have experienced in the past. Don’t let complacency or fear stop you from reaching your goals.
Have you ever thought about complacency and planning what’s next to help you stay focused? Diane