Encouragement and Motivation

Monday, April 12, 2010

This blog entry is for encouragement and motivation for myself but maybe it will also help someone else out somewhere along the way.

When you are on a weight loss journey it can become very frustrating and discouraging at times, especially when the scale doesn't move as fast as we would like for it to. I know I have felt this way many times. Why isn't the scale moving, is all my hard work really worth it, why am I not seeing results, and on and on I go. There have been times when I have wanted to give up because I am not seeing results or it is taking too long or it is just too hard. But I will not give up because I know it will be worth every minute of time and effort I have put into it in the end.

Over the weekend I decided to clean out my drawers and closet because I knew I had a lot of clothes that no longer fit me, no they are not too small, they were too big. I realized there is no need to keep clothes in my closet or drawers that do not fit me anymore. As I was sorting through my clothes I realized how much progress I have made since I started this journey just over 2 years ago. I am down 1 shirt size, almost 2 sizes. I am down 1 pant size, most of the time, depending on the pants. I have lost several inches and have toned up quite a bit. I was amazed at the changes that had taken place.

It was hard though going through my clothes and getting rid of the ones that were too big. I mean they were some of my favorite and most comfortable clothes. But still, there is no need to have them taking up space when they just hang on me when I put them on.

So I am recycling my clothes. Yes recycling. I will be taking several bags of clothes to my sister to see if she wants any of them. The clothes she doesn't want will be going to the a samaritan type center. This is also where I have gotten some "new" clothes to replace the clothes I am getting rid of.

As I thought back on my journey, it really was encouraging and motivating to realize that a lot of clothes no longer fit, I am down a shirt size and a pant size, I have lost inches, and have toned up. The scale is moving too but it is nice to see the progress in so many other areas as well. I am more determined than ever to continue on this journey until I reach my goals!

By the way, I am at the halfway point of where I want to be from where I started 2 years ago!!!

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    Great Blog! And way to go! I feel for you on the clothes thing! I have been looking at mine, trying them on, and trying to decide what to let go and what not to let go! It's amazing how we get attached to our clothing! But... I don't want to keep pants that are 2 or 3 sizes bigger then what I am now... even if at the time I looked decent in them... because that is the wrong kind of motivation in the wrong direction! I don't want to look good in them ever again!

    KEEP UP YOUR HARD WORK! And thanks for stopping by my blog!
    3635 days ago
    Nice job my friend. I did that a few weeks ago. I tripled my wardrobe by finding clothes that I couldn't wear in a long time. It was hard to give the "big" clothes away. I wanted to keep them just in case. But I was advised otherwise so I did.
    I don't want to ever go back. I am 30 pounds away fromk my goal. I've lost 45 so far. It feels great.
    Stay strong
    3642 days ago
    Congratulations - I love this blog! You have worked so hard and it is paying off. Keep at it!
    3642 days ago
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    3642 days ago
    Oh Yeah!!! WTG!!
    The scales are just one source of progress....I LOVE lost inches! ....and I am glad you are recycling old clothes! =)
    3642 days ago
    Thanks so much for your blog!! I am so happy to hear about your wonderful progress. It also helps me to remember to take it slow and easy and beautiful things will happen. I know the frustration you speak of and sometimes I know it is my "fault" (not keeping up with exercise, not eating well) and sometimes it feels like I am doing everything right and still the scale does not move.

    Thanks for helping me to keep it all in perspective!! emoticon
    3642 days ago
    Congrats on all your accomplishments!!! emoticon
    3642 days ago
    Thank you so much!!!
    3642 days ago
  • TEEKAY25
    Congrats on being able to recycle the clothes that were too big. emoticon Someone else will appreciate them and find favorites among them. Continue striving toward your goals and finish the race strong. emoticon
    3642 days ago
    Thank you all for the wonderful comments so far.

    Becky, thank you for nominating me for a Bunny Blog. That was a very unexpected surprise!
    3642 days ago
    Congradulations on your accomplishments so far, Keep on moving and you will continue to feel better as well as see results.
    3642 days ago
    It is nice, isn't it! It is little boost like that help us keep on truckin on! Congrats!
    3642 days ago
    Nominated as a BunnyBlog
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    for Cardio Bunnies!

    ATP what an inspiring blog for how far you have come. I am sure it will motivate others!

    3642 days ago
    Your blog spoke to me. I too have different sizes of clothes and need to start cleaning out my closets. Recycling to others in need leaves a good feeling and a strong desire to keep going.
    3642 days ago
  • 51NFIT
    Congrats on the strides you have made. Keep up the great work.
    3642 days ago
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