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Friday, March 01, 2013

This is just a random thought that popped in my head but you know when you look at weight loss success stories of people (particularly those who lost a lot of weight) you wonder: "how did they do it? how did they get there?"
because they always looks so amazing in their "after" pictures!

But it always boils down to one thing: eating less and moving more.
How simple!

But here's what I learned from when I was losing weight:
when you eat less and exercise more, you lose weight

when you eat more and don't exercise, you'll gain weight

I know, I'm repeating stuff that we've heard our whole lives
but that's it
and it seems so simple when typing it
but then you realize
there's a heck of a lot more to weight loss than people realize!
like staying motivated, or planning, or consciously deciding what you're going to eat
it's a whole lot of mental- is it all psychological??
I don't know
I overthink too much sometimes

But of course there's more to everyone's weight loss journeys
so here's more about what worked for me:
setting small weekly goals (and accomplishing them!)
thinking positive thoughts, like "I've got this!" and "I can do this!" and "I'm on the right track!"
weighing myself every two weeks (there's something about seeing the numbers going down on the scale)
trying new foods and recipes (it's fun!)
not eating fast food so much, but when doing so choosing healthier foods
drinking water and only water!
also initially cutting out pizza, reese's, and coke altogether (I felt so accomplished!)
journaling- my food, when I exercised, what I did because when you look back you can see how much you've grown and changed, and it makes you feel good about yourself
walking and then jogging and even going for bike rides
also just realizing that this was a journey- it wasn't going to happen overnight and it would take time

I know, it's like "well if you did that then why aren't you now?"
I could use my own advice! lol

I just started overeating and not exercising and then BAM all the weight piled back on and then some more and I just blew it- blew everything (sorry I know I've said this stuff before)

but here's what I'm going to do differently- really get into this journey
taking before pictures, making videos, journaling, posting inspirational quotes and pictures in my room, getting more involved with all that Sparkpeople has to offer- and it offers a lot!

Because when you live, you learn
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    I have suffered a setback but I am still keep coming back and I know it will pay off someday.
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