When you think of the word “moving,” chances are the words “frustrating,” “work,” and “help!” come to mind. When you think of weight-loss, chances are these same words also come to mind. My husband and I recently packed up and moved to a new home and, amidst my hauling boxes and complaining (it was 90 degrees and humid, in my defense), I thought about how many similarities moving and weight loss share:
Moving and weight loss are much easier when done in small installments. Fortunately, we were able to take several car loads of our “stuff” to our new home before the actual move-in date. This helped to make the day itself less taxing since we didn’t have to move everything all at once. Weight loss, like moving, is more manageable when you take small steps.
Moving and weight loss require help. In the same way recruiting help from family and friends on moving day is a must, TOPS members know that help and support from friends, family, and fellow members is an important part of the weight-loss process.
Moving and weight loss take time. As difficult as it was, I had to keep reminding myself during move-in day that I was not going to have everything unpacked and put away in the perfect spot all in one day. The same can be said for weight loss—you didn’t gain the weight overnight and can’t expect to lose it overnight either. Allow yourself the time needed to make healthy, sustainable changes.
And lastly, weight loss, like moving, can be just plain tough. It takes effort, sweat, and patience, and is not without its share of frustration and complaints. But, at the end of the day, you have the support of your loved ones, a journey and accomplishment to be proud of, and a new and wonderful place to call home.