Sunday, August 02, 2009
I am often asked if I set goals for myself, and I always answer "yes." Except, I say, when I was obese. When I was obese I set all kinds of goals for myself, but not in terms of health. I just kept wishing that I could lose weight. I tried all different diets and programs, but none seemed to work for me. But one thing I didn't do was set specific goals for myself.
The last time I tried losing weight I did set some definite goals for myself in several different areas:
- Fitness Level
- Quality of Food I Was Eating
- Energy Level
That time, I realized that losing weight wasn't good enough. I really wanted to gain other things this time. I wanted to gain back my self esteem, and show myself and others that I wasn't just the fat girl holding up the wall.
I wanted to run and play with my kids, fully participating in their lives and in their activities.
I wanted to look better physically.
All these smaller, specific goals really helped keep me motivated as I was on my journey. I'd encourage you, if you haven't already, to set specific goals for yourself as a way to keep yourself on track.
In my own personal blog this week I talked about Motivation too. Here's the link: www.fittothefinish.com/blog/2009/07/
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I was reading through some of the message boards tonight, and was so struck by the number of questions on motivation and staying the course. It came to me that some of us think of weight loss as a temporary detour to travel before we get to our main destination.
You really could think of weight loss as a lifelong journey. Not that you will lose weight forever, but if after you've lost your weight, what if you keep on using all the tools and strategies you learn on your journey to be successful forever. If you can really make that connection in your head, then getting motivated might be easier.
If I had only been able to think that way the hundreds of times I tried to lose weight, I wouldn't have ended up morbidly obese. If I had only realized that losing weight wasn't the end of the journey, but rather the beginning.
So, if you can think of your journey as a lifelong road, rather than a temporary detour, perhaps your motivation will be renewed and strengthened.
Thanks for reading, and as always, if I can help - let me know! Diane
Monday, July 20, 2009
I wrote what I think is a really important blog this morning on my regular site. So, after you finish up all your fun on SparkPeople you might want to head over there and check it out.
Basically I ask the question, "Why Do We Do This To Ourselves? Why do we sabatoge our own weight loss efforts when that is the last thing in the world we intend to do?
Have a great day, and blessings to all of you.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
As my weight moved up the scale from the 200's to the 250's and beyond, there was a period of time where I gave up. I tried to convince myself that I really did like being overweight, and big was beautiful. I stopped weighing myself for a while, sewed some new jumpers, and moved on with my life. Unfortunately during that time I also gained more weight!
Many times during the weight loss class I teach the women will share their feelings about fat acceptance. Usually they come to the same conclusion that I did. It's good to accept yourself, but if you are sincerely unhappy about your appearance and health, then that's a good indication to keep trying to lose weight.
I used to say, "Why bother trying again since I know I'm just going to fail." And fail I did. I tried many, many different diets until I finally lost 150 pounds. I'm glad I didn't give up trying, because if I had, I may have continued to struggle with obesity.
So why keep trying?
You are worth the time and effort it takes to get healthy.
Your family deserves a healthy Mom, sister, or wife.
The health benefits are numerous.
You will look better, and buying clothes will be fun again.
You will feel better about yourself, and that will only improve your confidence.
Don't give up. This can be the last time you lose weight!
Just think - if I had given up at this point, I may still look like this!
Monday, July 06, 2009
I woke up this morning to several emails from people asking me how to maintain a weight loss. This is almost a more important question than just asking how to lose weight. After all, you don't want to lose weight forever - you want to maintain a healthy weight forever.
To maintain that healthy weight, you've got to have a plan for what happens when your weight loss program ends, and your life at a healthy weight begins. I'd encourage you to start thinking now about how you life will look when you hit that weight.
Here are some things that I did to help get me in the maintenance mindset, even while I was in process of losing 150 pounds.
1. You have to think of a diet plan, as not a temporary state of being, but rather a lifestyle change.
2. You should try and life your life while losing weight just as you will when you are at your goal weight. That includes going out to eat, cooking for your family, going on picnics, etc.
3. Strive to make exercise enjoyable for yourself, because exercise can go a long way to helping you maintain your weight loss.
4. As you get closer to your goal, pay close attention to how much food you are eating. Once you are at goal weight, you will be able to increase your calorie intake slightly from that last amount, but not by much!
As you journey down the weight loss road, remember that what you are working for is absolutely worth all the planning, thought, and concern. Losing weight was the best thing I ever did - both for me and for my family.
My personal blog: www.fittothefinish.com/blog
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