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Stay positive by BEING positive for someone else's sake. Pick a random member on one of your Team huddles (not a friend yet) click on their page, and give them a star goodie (or any goodie) with a short note of encouragement. Do this every day and it will cheer you up as you cheer others on!!
This is a Lifestyle, not a Race. Working hard at dietary changes & increased daily excercise for months, I've come to realize that my body loses weight at the rate of about 3+ lbs per MONTH. (the inches are a different story, I'm down 3 sizes so far!) This brings me to a 1-1/2 to 2-year time frame, allowing my body the time it needs to adjust & come to a healthy weight. That's OK! Don't "start over" ~ just don't quit! Feel happy and energetic *today*~the benefits begin now, not at a deadline.
Let's face it; this is the Honor System here~ (anyone can post anything) We're only cheating ourselves if we're not completely honest with the weight loss ticker, by being sure to input each week both the losses AND the gains. Leaving it the same & pretending there was no gain can only lead to denial & sabotage (eventually giving up & quitting) Many people here are "back" after "re-gaining all the weight." Showing up & being accountable each week NO MATTER WHAT is key to program longevity.
My Yoga teacher made a brief statement regarding 'non-attachment'. Be in the moment, do the work, without getting caught up in the outcome. I immediately related this to weight loss. When I got home, I revised my Sparkpage and deleted all dates-to-be. I still have a final weight loss goal, and markers along the way, but am no longer concerned about an exact "outcome." I am even more focused on being present in the moment and doing the work. Keep on no matter what, and the body will reflect it.
Give yourself permission to re-define your goals! They are not set in concrete, & you are in control of your destiny. Sometimes a goal needs to become smaller and more realistic, for both short-term and long-term success. Whether this is a time frame, or 'number' (weight, clothing size, calories, amount of excercise, etc) it's the smaller goals that add up to really big success. Re-define your smaller goals & becomes 2nd nature~
Saying no to that larger portion, the extra cookie, or extra butter, isn't an act of self-denial. It's an act of self-love and self-care. Be extra kind to yourself today and 'just say no' with love, and self-respect. You're worth it!!
Over 70 lbs. of cat/dog food. This is what my weight loss goal is, over 70 lbs. I could hardly lift all these bags of food to put in my trunk for the trip home from the store. As I shed each10 lb goal, I'll set aside a bag of the cat/dog food, then when I've reached my final goal, will donate all to the Shelter. It's eye-opening to visually see and feel what over 70 lbs outside of the body is~and then think of this inside my body. Motivates me to get rid of it!!
I've been keeping a grocery sack in the pantry, & gradually adding items for the Food Bank. When it's full, I'll drive it over & dontate. Using the ice cream, candy, chips, extra portions, and treat money I would have been spending on myself is pretty painless to share. When shopping, I grab something healthy for the bag, like canned tuna, soups, canned beans, etc. It puts a smile on my face, and hopefully on someone else's, while shrinking the waistline.
Setting out to shed over 70 lbs. seems overwhelming, so I have broken down my goal into 4 (or more) parts. One for each season of a year. Right now I only have to concentrate on getting rid of 1/4. That is do-able! Then as the next season begins, so shall my 'new' goal of getting rid of another 1/4. After goal is met, I will work on maintenance one week at a time. Again, broken down, instead of "forever." If it takes longer than 4 seasons, I'll coninue more seasons until goal met.
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