Dealing With Disappointments

Dealing With Disappointments

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Losing weight is a journey that requires a lot of dedication, perseverance, and patience. Despite our best intentions and efforts, we all encounter setbacks and obstacles along the way. It happens to the best of us, and sometimes it happens frequently. These setbacks come in all shapes and sizes, and they can range from lack of progress (whether it’s on the scale or not), falling off track with our diet and exercise, or facing temptations from unhealthy food choices. It’s important to remember that setbacks are a normal part of the weight loss journey and that we should be kind to ourselves when they happen. After all, we are not perfect. So to that end, today we will explore how to handle setbacks while losing weight, and how to maintain a positive attitude while achieving our goals.

Take Care of Yourself

When we experience setbacks, it can be easy to fall into a negative mindset and become discouraged. However, it’s important to take care of ourselves by focusing on self-care activities like getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and engaging in physical activity. This will help boost our mood, energy levels, and motivation to keep going. But beyond the obvious benefits of these, it’s altogether important because these simple act of self-care will help us get back into our routines. Consistency is key, and sometimes, the best way is to just take care of ourselves and reset.

Stay Safe

Weight loss journeys can be challenging, and it’s important to make sure we’re taking safe steps towards our goals. Avoid fad diets or extreme weight loss methods that could harm our health. Instead, focus on sustainable changes to our eating habits and physical activity levels that we can maintain over the long term. Even though we’ve spoken about these before, they bear repeating because setbacks can make us feel guilty, and when that happens, we have a very strong tendency to overcorrect. When we do that, sometimes we do more harm than good, so better to play it safe and stick with the choices we know are healthier in the short and long term.

Keep it Easy

Making big, sweeping changes to our lifestyles all at once can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. Instead, break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps. This will make them feel less daunting and increase the likelihood of success. The added benefit of doing this after a setback is that it can help us ease back into the groove of things. While this can sometimes feel like we are starting at square one, remember, that’s just guilt talking, it isn’t true. Progress didn’t happen overnight, and one setback didn’t undo all of the positive strides.

Seek Help

It’s important to remember that we don’t have to face setbacks alone. There are many resources available to help us on our journey, including support groups, online communities, and medical professionals. They can offer advice, encouragement, and accountability to keep us on track. But more than that, they can give us something to look forward to beyond our weight loss. It gives us more opportunities to share our successes with others. When it comes to a weight loss journey, the support and congratulations that we get along the way make it that much easier to stay on track.

Hold On to Hope

Despite setbacks, it’s essential to hold onto hope and remember why we started on this journey in the first place. Remind yourself of your goals, and the benefits you will reap once you reach them. This can help you stay motivated and continue working towards your weight loss journey, even during tough times. Remember that every single person who has started down the path to a healthier weight did so with the hope of all around improvement, and we have all faced setbacks. You’ve got this.

Mental Self-Care:

Along with physical self-care, it’s also crucial to take care of our mental health when we experience setbacks during our weight loss journey. Negative thoughts and emotions can quickly spiral out of control and lead us down a slippery slope. But don’t let one setback become a series of setbacks. To prevent this, it’s important to engage in activities that bring us joy and help us relax, such as meditation, yoga, or simply taking a walk in nature. Additionally, it’s important to reach out to friends, family members, or a mental health professional if needed, and talk about our feelings and struggles. The people in our lives cheer us on when we succeed, but it’s important to know we can lean on them when we falter.


One of the key components of success during a weight loss journey is persistence. Setbacks and obstacles are a natural part of the process, but it’s important to not let them define our journey. Instead, we should view these setbacks as temporary roadblocks and refocus our efforts to move forward. Staying motivated and determined, and not giving up on our goals, is crucial to achieving long-term success.

Talk To The Medical Professionals With The Most Experience

Weight loss is a journey that requires patience, persistence, and a positive attitude. Setbacks are a normal part of this journey, but it’s important to handle them in a healthy and productive way. By taking care of ourselves, staying safe, keeping things easy, seeking help, and holding onto hope, we can overcome obstacles and achieve our weight loss goals. Remember, the journey to a healthier and happier self is not a sprint, but a marathon. Keep pushing forward, one step at a time, and you will reach your destination. At Olivera Weight Loss, we understand that weight loss can be a difficult and challenging process. However, with the right mindset and a few simple strategies, you can safely and easily achieve your health and weight loss goals.  Even after more than 40 years of serving our community, our team is still passionate about helping our patients live the healthier lifestyle they dream of and remain dedicated to providing you with the care, hope, and support you need to succeed. When you’re ready to start your journey to a healthier you, contact us to schedule a consultation.


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