Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The key to success is finding your reason for losing weight. There are lots of good reasons to lose weight, and you probably know almost all of them.But none of these good reasons will help you lose weight unless it is your reason. People who have found their reason say it is like flipping a switch; suddenly eating carefully and staying active are much easier.
Make it personal
One man said he started losing weight because he wanted to keep up with his grandchildren when they came over to play. A woman told me her switch flipped with the decision to look her best for her daughter’s wedding. Another woman said she had been steadily losing weight since the day she had trouble fitting between desks when she walked down the aisle at the office. Can you think of anything you care enough about to flip your weight loss switch?
Accentuate the positive
As you think about your reason to lose weight, try to focus on positive reasons. I’m struck that most of the weight loss masters I know are motivated by the promise of things they want, like feeling better, being able to do more, and feeling in more control of their lives, rather than by things they want to avoid, like diabetes complications. So look for positive reasons to launch your weight loss efforts.
Keep track of the benefits
Staying positive is also crucial once you have started your weight loss program. Keep track of the good things you see happening as a result of your efforts. Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better? Do you feel better about yourself? Has anyone complimented you on your appearance? Write down these positive outcomes.
Give yourself pats on the back as well. Note the times you walk – even when the weather is bad, and the times you stay at the office and eat the healthy lunch you packed – even when your friends ask you to join them at the local All-U-Can-Eat.
Be sure to look at your notes on days when your motivation is low. At those times seeing what you have accomplished can rekindle your motivation and help you stay on track.
There is always a question of "what" flipped the switch for me and I'm not certain that I can actually pinpoint that exactly. I'm not certain there even was a switch at the start, or even if I believed I was in it for the longhaul. But with each little success, I wanted more, even if it was less than a pound, I felt successful and wanted to continue doing what I was doing because I wanted to continue on the path. It was an amazing thing and I think that just saying outloud the words-"I'm going to lose weight" was what I needed. I didn't say "I wish I could lose weight", like I had always done before, or "I'm going to try and lose weight", but that I was going to lose weight.And I just jumped in with both feet and the rest is history. Being close to my 3 year anniversary is still so unreal to me. But it is real and it's my reality now. I'm a new person and the old one will never be seen again.
So I welcome 2009 and look forward to seeing how many new challenges I can face and win. It's so very empowering to do so and it's just a continuation of a streak...3 years, a long time, but not a lifetime...yet.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Don't let a preoccupation with tomorrow or yesterday rob your ability to face that crazy world with a smile. We often worry so much about things to come that we miss the beauty of the moment. Moments are too fleeting to allow them to slip away unnoticed. We cheat ourselves of precious time by doing this. It's often easy to slip into that mode since we find ourselves constantly rushing from task to task, and wrap ourselves in the mundane chores we face daily, but take a moment, reflect and appreciate what we are given each day, and appreciate those around us that make our lives worth living. The Holidays can be hectic and we lose what is important, but slow it down, and rewind it, and savor what is god and special in your life. I'm ever grateful for finding my way to a healthy life and weight, and I know that it's something special, a gift, and I'm not about to squander that gift. So, even on a cold winter morning, I'm out of bed and dressed with my gym bag in hand, and I start my day with a good workout that improves my self-image and gives me energy to finish the day. I never fear that lifting weights will make me bulk-up, because, after-all I've lived a bulked up life at 300 pounds, and anything I do now is an improvement over that. Besides, my muscles are my trophy for the hard work I've put in at the gym, and I'm damn proud of that!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Three years ago my resolution was to finally lose weight. Since that time I've lost 143 pounds and changed my entire life. The changes I've made are so unbelievable that I'm often still dumbfounded by the difference in myself and my current lifestyle. Even now when I try on clothes, I'm always waiting for them not to fit and I'm always happily surprised when they do. For example, at Christmas my husband bought me a pair of pants and when I held them up and saw a size small, and looked at how small they were, I was convinced they wouldn't fit, but low and behold they did fit, and even had a bit of room. The same thing happened when my daughter gave me the pajamas that I had bought for her in a size small, because they were too small for her...I was certain they would never fit me, now I'm sitting here wearing them.
So, my resolution is to continue to follow healthy eating and exercise habits all during 2009.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We are expecting record setting temps today-67 degrees. I'm planning a run this afternoon in order to take advantage of this unseasonable weather. Not too much else planned for the day but perhaps a bit of rest and relaxation. Of course I have a few usual routine things to do, like writing up my workout for the week, but aside from that it's a free day.
Yesterday in yoga class the instructor put up a poster that read: Life is not about surviving the rough spots but instead dancing in the rain(ok I don't remember it quite right!)the point being if we are just trying to get by and survive troubles, we aren't truly savoring the beauty and joy that presents itself. It's like "looking" for happiness to find us, we make our own happiness we choose it and choose to be happy. I get that and understand that no one else can make me happy, I'm the one with that power. We all have trouble and trials that we face, those who choose to focus less on those troubles and instead savor the good, are the ones who enjoy life to it's fullest.
My daughter said that in Australia, when your feathers begin to get ruffled and you feel stressed, they always say "no worries mate". Sounds like a motto we could all benefit from living by.
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