Yesterday, I spent hours just mentally focusing on my goal to drop the remaining 17 pounds. How did I do this?
1) I read LOTS of success stories and watched inspiration videos on youtube. One of my favorite links is about a girl who lost 150 pounds! You can view her latest vlog here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
2) I created a montage of me during my weight loss journey with the header "50 pounds down, 17 to go, you can do it!!" I printed it out and posted it on my fridge. I also printed out my favorite SP quotes for posting around my home.
3) I read a few magazine articles and a couple of e-books on motivation.
4) I revisited ALL of the reasons why I want to lose this weight and thought hard about what my life would've been like now if I had continued to keep my head buried in the sand this year. Would I have gained another 20 pounds? What would I have looked like? What size would I be wearing? How would I have felt about myself? Would I have ended up diabetic?
5) I thought long and hard about how my weight had been affecting me physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Do I want to return to that life?
6) Instead of going to the gym, I took my dog for a hike at a nearby dog park. It was good to be outdoors in sunny 65 degree weather and doing something different for exercise. Changing up my routine helped me move for the pleasure of moving, not because it's something I'm supposed to do.
7) I created a list of 15 healthy meals--five meals per course and began developing a shopping list.
8) I planned what I would be eating today and focused on ways I could cut my calorie intake without feeling deprived.
9) Instead of moping about these pesky 3-4 pounds I can't seem to lose this month, I just accepted that my body is going to lose weight when it's ready to--not when I'm ready to. It just let go of 50 pounds! I focused on accepting that my body is using this plateau to make further adjustments before it will release more weight. Understanding this calmed me down a bit.
10) I mentally replayed all the compliments that I've gotten on my appearance so I could take ownership of my hard work and pat myself on the back.
The day I spent reading, thinking, visualizing, praying and meditating has already paid off. Today was one of the most disciplined, focused days I've had in awhile.
What I've learned is that some of the hokey-sounding activities that experts recommend for motivation really do work. I believe it was worthwhile for me to embrace the spiritual aspect of what I'm doing. Its such an important ingredient in motivation that it's impossible to move forward without it.
Onward and downward.