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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Success Journal
1. went to 30 Min Abs class
2. strength trained chest & back
3. stayed within calorie range

The scale. I weigh myself daily, first thing in the morning, after eliminating, mark it on the calendar, ignoring fluctuations, watching trends. My official weigh in is Wednesdays. And on the first of the month (Pinch, punch, first of the month, no returns) I evaluate the past month for overall weight loss, and inches lost.

So, taking into account that this is not an "official" weigh in, I was 179.6 this morning. Woo Hoo! into the next decade!


Motivation is the first pillar of weight loss success. There are 2 kinds of motivation: Toward & Away From. Pain & Pleasure. If your motivation is strong enough, you won't want to overeat and under exercise. It's just not worth it.

My "away from" motivation is my mother, a beautiful woman who died at 57 (only 6 years older than me!) because of unhealthy habits: chain-smoking, over eating, inactivity, ignoring diabetes & high blood pressure. Her death was a preventable tragedy. 2 years ago, I at my highest weight. I asked, where will I be if I don't do anything, in 5 years, 10, 20? How long do I want to suffer where I am right now, before I'm ready to lose weight? That's painful motivation.

My "toward" motivation used to be fitting into the closet full of size 12 clothes I have, from when I left NY 5 years ago. Well, here I am fitting into those! Time for a new goal. Something I am looking forward to very strongly.

I have 12 weeks until DS13's Bar Mitzvah. When I go back east, I want to hear the compliments on how good I look, I want to be proud of how youthful & energetic I am. I want to be healthy, strong, beautiful. I want to get down to 169, because then my BMI will be out of the obese category and into overweight.

So, what are your motivations? Are they strong enough? I've had times when my motivation was 0. I gave up all exercise & dieting and took up baking bread. And gained a lot of weight. I felt stuck in a bad situation. And I was a little self destructive.

Everyone's weight loss journey is different. For me, listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss Podcasts by Renee Stephens was essential to getting my motivation back. It's hypnotherapy, NLP, positive psychology, to reprogram your mind, tame your inner rebel, and overcome limiting beliefs. And did I tell you it's FREE!

IOWL has been so effective with me, I can barely remember why I struggled against myself for so long. Good thing I kept this blog so I can look back on the last 2 years, 30 pounds, and 3 pants sizes!
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