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I spent many years thinking that I was powerless to lose weight permanently. I DO have the power to change, however, because I have a choice, and it's mine to make each day. A healthy lifestyle is all about making the best choices we can along the way, not about being perfect. When I don't 'feel' like eating right or exercising, I remind myself that it's my choice--no one else can make it for me--and that usually motivates me to do what I know I need to.
When I started this journey, walking more than a couple of blocks was hard work. By keeping at it and doing just a little more each day, it got easier and the weight started coming off. Now I'm running, not just walking! Whatever form of exercise you choose to do, keep doing it and adding just a little more each day or each week; you will be amazed at the progress you make by pushing yourself to do just a little more.
One of the biggest obstacles on this journey, I'm finding, is the mental one. It's easy to keep seeing the fat girl in the mirror when my reflection instead of what everyone else sees. I have to keep working on making the mental shift from 'fat' to 'normal' so that when I get to my goal weight, I'll be in a position to maintain the weight loss. The hardest baggage to get rid of is in the mind, not my body!
Believe in yourself; you can do this! Set realistic goals, and start taking the steps, one at a time, to reach them. You have more strength and power to overcome the obstacles in your path than you think. Realize that you're not going to be perfect, but making progress is what counts.
Periodically we all seem to hit plateaus when the scale is not budging. Remember to use other ways to measure your success; are clothes fitting looser? Have you been able to get into a smaller size? The scale doesn't tell the whole story!
I find that breaking down my BIG goals into smaller, bite-sized mini goals helps me keep going. Whether it's losing a large amount of weight or aiming to run a marathon, I can wrap my head around smaller goals (5 pounds, running a mile) that are steps towards the big ones.
When you don't feel like doing the things you know you need to, push through and just do it for yourself. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of everyone else; once you take that first step in the right direction, the next one becomes a little easier.
I have found that one of the keys for me to continue to lose weight is to make sure I do something that makes me sweat every day. Whether it's a formal workout, cleaning house, doing yard work, or something else, getting my body moving long enough and hard enough to sweat helps!
I was a 'lurker' on SparkPeople for a long time; I read but I did not get connected. It wasn't until I started commenting in forums and on other people's blogs that I really started having success in my efforts to change my life. It's the people here that make the biggest difference. Get connected!