I don't know about all of you, but my weight loss journey has not been one straight line of successes. I am almost at 15 months into this journey, and there have been many successes such as:
Losing 65 pounds!
Being able to walk 3 miles a day with my dog!
Having more energy and getting better sleep!
Making tons of awesome Spark Friends!
Not giving up in the face of the dreaded plateaus, 3 of them to be exact, and one of those I hit twice!
Still being here 15 months later (after coming and going over the years) and never giving up!
But it hasn't always been
's. Some less-than-successful-moments include:
: Being on a terrible plateau and not losing ANY weight for almost 4 months.
: Getting frustrated and slacking off for 6 weeks which resulted in regaining 10 pounds.
: Feeling defeated because the scale wouldn't budge no matter what.
: Days where I have eaten everything in sight, upwards of 3000 calories.
: Days where I have not gotten off the couch.
The #1 question I get asked is how do you stay motivated? And the truth of the mater is that I am not ALWAYS motivated. It comes and it goes. It's all about the lifestyle, and forming healthy habits. For example I do the following AUTOMATICALLY without any thought:
Weigh and track all my food, ALWAYS.
Track my water.
Get in some form of exercise everyday (mainly walking for me, with Sparky or alone)
Log into Spark People every day.
I don't think about if I SHOULD track my food, or if I SHOULD exercise, I just do it. And if you do something long enough, you will get to the "sweet spot" where you are no longer thinking about what you should do, because you are just doing it. Keep your eye on the
, and just remember it's all about this:
Time flies whether we realize it or not. That quote that "A year from now, you will wish you started today" is SO true and something to keep in mind. My 15 month journey has been about my consistent efforts not to give up. I was probably doing well 10 out of those 15 months, but in the end what you do MOST of the time is what wins.