60,000-79,999 SparkPoints 78,711

Step 11, Reflect

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

You've been doing this for over a week now. You may have started for one reason, but now you may have different reasons to keep going.

It's time to think about what you've been doing, how it's working for you and why you started to begin with.

What was your trigger point that got you started on a healthy life journey?
Did a first grader tell you that you're bigger than his mom? Did a doctor tell you that if you don't lose some weight you'll die before you're 50? Did you notice you gained weight from pregnancy (and this does apply to the dad in cases too) and you just don't feel as good about your body? Did you look in the mirror one morning and wonder what the heck happened?

Reflect on what you've been doing during your journey.
What triggers binges? What have you enjoyed doing? What did you finally let go of so you could move on? What have you changed to be able to optimize your new life? What relationships have you changed because they were toxic? What has worked for you?

Reflect on what you can keep on doing for life.
It takes a while to be able to change habits, but some things you'll never want to change. No one should ever tell you the you can never have a thing again. I know I'm a chocoholic, so I have found better ways to get my chocolate without eating a candy bar. You shouldn't have to change to "diet" foods because that's actually counter-productive to a healthy lifestyle. You should have started enjoying different foods that you enjoyed before. What type of exercise could you do until you're old?

Reflect on what you can change.
What kinds of foods will make you feel stronger? Which things will make your body tired? Which things will make your body feel full of energy? When can you find time for yourself so you can do the things you need to do to keep yourself going?

And don't forget to reflect on why you're really doing this.
Are you doing it to fit into a wedding dress? Are you doing it to impress a lover? Are you doing it because of a "biggest loser" type of office weight loss pool? If you're not truly doing it for yourself and your health, then you won't stick to it.

Reflect on your happiness.
What will truly make you happy? Is it appreciation from someone? Is it being able to move around by yourself? Is it being able to enjoy things that you think you can't do now? Is it being able to go out in public without ridicule? Is it being able to sleep through the night without worrying about sleep apnea? Is it proving to yourself that you can finish a task? I promise you that your happiness will never be in a number on the scale, that will be fleeting, long-term happiness will be deeper than that.

Reflect on your reflection.
Tell yourself how you're beautiful right now. Tell yourself why you deserve the love you can give yourself. Find that spark in your eyes and tell it that you believe in yourself. Tell yourself that you are a good person and that you can make healthy choices for yourself. Work the emotions out of you and proceed with a happiness you know you have in there.

Once you figure out your true motivation, you can move along and find the point you want. It won't truly be a number on the scale, it's more likely to be a peaceful point where you find your happiness. Happiness is not a number on the scale. If you don't figure out your issues now, you'll still have them when you lose the weight.

Today's Holidays: Newspaper Carrier Day, Another Look Unlimited Day, National Wildlife Day and National Macadamia Nut Day.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • BRENDA_G50
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1657 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Great blog. We must begin by definately wanting to, and ready to make the changes to start our journey. Then when we fall and stumble as many of us do---we can get back on track without feeling so guilty and start going forward.
    1657 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    1658 days ago
    I'm doing this because "I'm getting too big for my britches."
    1658 days ago
    So true! A paradox ~ to succeed at weight loss I need an ultimate goal that is not about the emoticon . Also true, and something that I am only now beginning to get, it is critical... not just desirable or healthy... to go emoticon so I can develop the other habits and thoughts that will sustain a healthy life for me and the people around me.

    Let go of that dream of getting the results with a quick fix and without real change! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    It was so hard to give up at the start but... It's a happy thing! Like falling in love or raising a child. Why would you even THINK about skipping the process and going right to the 50th wedding anniversary or the graduation? ENJOY THE RIDE. emoticon

    emoticon and have a emoticon along the way 'til one day when we aren't paying all that much attention to the numbers, it's emoticon .

    Thanks for a emoticon blog.

    1658 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2013 12:34:16 PM
    Very great blog! In fact your whole series of posts would be an excellent weight loss and fitness guide book.
    1658 days ago
  • AMYC2013
    Great post!
    1658 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.