Gregg's Blog: Don't Give Up

Embracing the Journey to Your Healthier Self

 

Don’t Give Up on Yourself

No one's journey from overweight to fighting fit is going to be without a hiccup. Most certainly, my road from over 16 stone to under 12 stone was not in a straight line. It definitely went round a few pubs, a couple of drive-thru burger shops, quite a few Michelin-starred restaurants, and quite a few rugby matches with lots of beer, but needless to say, I got there. Next time you consider giving up, please ask yourself this… If I'm honestly not going to do it now, when am I going to do it?

 

What I didn't do, and I am so pleased I didn't, is give up. There were weeks when I stood on the scales and thought oops, that's not what I wanted, but obviously, I knew why I had put on the weight. If I didn't lose weight one week, I knew why, but I never gave up and that, I think, is the way it goes. It is very often 5 steps forward and 2 back, but in my opinion, that's ok. In fact, it's more than ok, it's still 3 steps forward and that is all you need to get to the end of your journey. When you do slip up, and I know you will, use that time for reflection. Consider what went wrong and try to be better next time. But the truth is, it may not be better next time. You probably will slip up again and, as I've said, that's ok. Nobody is perfect and we all deserve a treat, just don't stop, you will get there, I promise you. The last thought I want to leave you with is this, the path you are now following is exactly the same path I took to a leaner, fitter me. There isn't a miracle cure out there, so next time you consider giving up, please ask yourself this… If I'm honestly not going to do it now, when am I going to do it? 

 

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” - Michael Jordan

 

Motivation

Now we shouldn’t need motivation to eat healthily, but often we need motivation not to do the wrong thing. But if we do the wrong thing, it’s ok. If my experience is anything to go by, the bad things will happen less and less and being good seems to happen naturally.

I don’t want anybody getting stressed because they may have put on a pound or haven’t lost weight that week. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we know why we haven’t but that’s no reason to be hard on ourselves, that’s no reason to give up. We deserve better than that. We deserve to have the body and the shape we want. We deserve to feel good about ourselves and we deserve to buy the clothes that we really want, not the clothes that cover us up.

 

I want you to try something, it’s an old psychology process. Try talking to yourself as if you were a best friend. What advice would you really give? Would you be angry with your friend, would you shout at your friend or would you put an arm around their shoulder, tell them things are ok, tell them they are a good person and tell them you’ve got confidence in them achieving their goals? Be good to yourself.

 

Look After Yourself

It took me quite a few years to realise it was time to look after me, I mean properly look after me, make sure I was rested, I was eating the right foods and I was looking and feeling good. I feel strongly that, considering ourselves to be worth working on, is really important. We give a lot of time to our job, a lot of time to our family, we are there for people. However, are we there enough for ourselves? Are we making time for just us?

Obviously now, after starting GreggWallace.Health, I’m having many conversations around the subject of weight loss and fitness. Many people in my experience now don’t consider themselves to be as important as the people around them. This was at first a revelation to me, but when I considered it, I’d realised I had been doing the same for years. I made time for my friends, I most certainly put time aside for extra work and of course, like any parent, I was always willing to make time for my children.

 

What do we need? We probably need some time to ourselves, going for a walk, sitting reading a book, maybe just going for a drive with nowhere to go, listening to our favourite songs. We do deserve this, discuss it with your family, I’m sure they’ll agree with you. But we can go further, we can make the effort to look after ourselves even more, we can plan our meals, we can fill our kitchen full of fruit to snack on, we can make time in our day for a little bit and I mean a little bit, of exercise. We are worth it, you are worth it, you deserve to lavish a little bit of attention on yourself. What do I say, by way of a giggle, bye bye everybody, I’m going for a long swim in Lake Me.

 

Don’t Quit Now

Never give up, not just on weight loss, anything you set your heart on, never stop. Sometimes things are hard, I’ll be the first to admit that but what do you ever gain by stopping? You should always follow your dreams. Remember the story of Alfred the Great, watching the spider building his web, if at first, you don't succeed, try and try again. Your journey to a beautiful you might not be a simple one. There may well be bumps in the road, there are on any journey. If you felt strongly enough about this to start, then you feel strongly enough about it to see it through. If you do slip up and believe me, I expect you to, just press reset. Don’t ever think to yourself, I’ve ruined it. No, you haven’t. The only time you’ve ever ruined it is if you stop completely. 

 

Let’s try a little game here, if we’re finding it tough, let’s try something. I want you to list with a pen all the benefits of you losing weight. Now, on another piece of paper, I want you to list all the benefits of not losing weight. The choice, as always, is up to you. You just need to believe you’re worth the effort and you need to feel you can achieve it. Consider this for a moment, no football team ever won the League without a goal being scored against them. When they went one nil down, they didn’t leave the pitch, they didn’t give up. I know it’s not always easy, I know there’s always temptation, I’ve been on the journey you’re now on, it never quite went to plan, but I got there in the end, just like you will. You know what will happen then? You’ll be giving this advice to your friends who need a little bit of guidance and a little bit of inspiration.

 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Persistence is Key: The journey to a healthier self is filled with ups and downs, but persisting through the challenges is essential.
  2. Be Kind to Yourself: Treat yourself with the same compassion you would offer a friend. Self-compassion fosters resilience and motivation.
  3. Self-Care is Non-Negotiable: Making time for yourself and prioritizing your well-being is crucial for sustainable health and happiness.

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