Friday, January 17, 2014
I have made more than one attempt to get back to my weight-loss journey. For some reason, it just seems so difficult to regain and maintain the motivation to do so. I was so close to hitting the 20-pounds-lost milestone over a year ago (my total goal was only 29 pounds!), but lost my spark and slowly gained it all back again. Now here I am, unhappy with how I look and feel again, and discouraged that I can be successful with something only to resort back to my old habits and weight. I have read articles, I have had people send me encouraging messages, but nothing seems to be lighting the fire under my butt that I need.
So I am trying a different approach. I recently contracted the flu and was so sick I couldn't get out of bed for two days. Thankfully, the flu was short-lived. But in those three or four days of not feeling well and eating next to nothing, I lost 3 pounds. No, my "different approach" is not to get sick all the time (or make myself sick!) in order to lose weight. My new approach is to take my weight loss journey in small, unintimidating goals; to lose weight in 5-pound increments. When I've lost the first 5 pounds, my new goal will be to lose another 5 pounds, and so on. I'm hoping that by reaching these little goals--rather than setting my goal at the 29 pounds again--that I will get more of a feeling of accomplishment and that will encourage me to go "the next 5 pounds". I got a 3-pound head-start on my first 5-pound goal, so I'm starting out with a feeling of "I'm already more than 1/2-way to my first goal!"
Wish me luck! I really am hoping to be able to stick with it this time.