Staying Motivated....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When I put on my jeans this morning, I had this idea in my head that they would be super loose and almost be too big because I have been working out and trying to be mindful of what I eat (I have been tracking EVERYTHING, even if I eat badly). This was usually the reality that would send me spiraling backwards. I know I am often impatient, and when trying to loose weight in the past, I have had a really distorted perception of reality. Really, my jeans are going to be loose after 2 1/2 weeks????

But instead of getting discouraged, I reminded myself that change takes time. I reminded myself that I am working on losing 1-2lbs a week...I need to pay attention to the little changes in my body that are occurring rather than focusing on the big change that will come.

To me it seems like that shift in focus is the most important thing. Instead of watching the numbers slowly decrease on the scale and thinking about how long it is going to take, I am focusing on my more toned arms and love handles. They look better than they did a month ago! I am focusing on my increased self-esteem and more positive outlook. For once in my life I looked at a picture of myself and really thought I was beautiful. These little things are going to help me reach my big thing, and successfully. If I learn how to appreciate the little stuff now and use that to change my outlook of myself and change my lifestyle habits, this will eventually become effortless, an automatic behavior that I just do without even thinking. These little things will become my habits and will slowly replace the ones that got me into this rut in the first place.

I am in training, not just to improve the appearance of my body, but to train my brain how to think more positively and realistically about myself. No more denial. No more depression. No more "woe is me." That never got me anywhere but in a deeper rut. I'm not going back....
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