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A couple things I learned in the last two weeks...

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

I try to find a lesson in everything or at least learn something new often. The last two weeks I have learned a couple different things and I wanted to share them with you.

1. ALWAYS be honest with YOURSELF! Really, who are you fooling? You step on the scale and it has a gain, record it. Weigh in and be accountable. I used to get sad and not log my weight that week because who likes to see the line on our graphs go in the apposite direction?? Sure, your going to feel like crap but your also bringing an awareness to it. Why did you gain that week. Your thinking you logged all your food, your workouts and you should have lost. First things first, that doesn't mean you didn't make progress that week. You have other victories than what the scale shows. Give yourself a break for being consistent that week and living healthy.

2. Log EVERYTHING- Sure you had a great week logging. You logged all your meals and your workouts. Be honest with your logging. I found that when I reviewed my week and my notes after I weighted in that I wasn't logging everything or I was rounding too much (both down and Up). I logged all my meals but what about the 2 cookies I ate at work from a co-worker..they were only two cookies how much damage could it be....Oh, wait! I also didn't log the piece of candy I had when I went into the store. Hmmm. I worked out...I did 20 minutes everyday. I liked the calorie number I saw when I logged it at 30 instead so I did that. Well, going back to number 1, being honest with yourself. When I made the edits to my log, I found out why I didn't lose anything that week.

3. Surround yourself with people that have the same goals. In the beginning, this is very important. It's also very important to me when I go off track. I have some friends that don't really watch what they eat and just not at the point in their lives where they want to. When I with them, I find as it as excuse to eat that way. An excuse to go off track. When I am around people that do share the same goals, I don't mind ordering something grilled or a fresh salad because that is what they are eating. And, I actually enjoy eating that way. A couple weeks back on track, I can go out with my other friends again but I am so excited to see the weight coming off, I am encouraged to keep eating that way.

4. Love yourself. This is so important. I realized this during the last couple of weeks. I kept dodging pictures with my kids. Now I get in them anyway. Who cares! It's not like it's news to everyone else. Look how big Shannon got. They have seen this all along, it didn't happen overnight. Now, I get in the pictures and think, wow, how awesome is it going to be to compare pictures from six months ago and see the progress I have made. How proud are my kids going to be of me?

5. Reach out for support when you need it. I found a couple buddies on SP that I email a couple times a week. We check in with one other and are starting to get to know about our healthy habits and our families etc. It's really nice to have people that understand what you are going through.

I hope you find some motivation in this post. I feel motivated just for writing it :)

Stay healthy!

Shannon
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