Secrets of Success

What I Have Learned



What to eat if you don't already have a plan:
Turn on the meal plans and use the food substitution lists. On the website, just click on the suggested food line and a list of 15-20 alternative foods for that category will pop up. You then can pick a food you like. It outlines portions and gives you all your nutrients in a realistic and doable range. When I discovered this, I started to lose weight.

When to give up:
SLOW weight loss is so much better than NO weight loss and infinitely better than weight GAIN, so don't give up EVER!!

What to do on January 1 (or any other day):
Plan. I don't do resolutions. I plan. For me, when I plan to do something, I'm more successful. I know plans go awry so I have backup ideas to get back on track. No harm, no foul.

I'll be so much more (fill in the blank) when I've gotten to "goal weight":
Accept that you now are the very special you that you always have been. Think about the people you know - do they really change that much when they gain or lose weight? No, they are still nice or not, pretty or not. Put on your nicest clothes and makeup and look at how nice you really look even now, then make your plans to lose that weight without making it about your worth.

But I'll feel so deprived:
You can do this. Just don't get overwhelmed. It's a matter of learning that there are good, tasty nutritious things out there to eat that will eventually taste better than cake, pie, or ice cream.

When my weight goes up, I want to give up:
For me, the two days after overeating are when weight goes up, especially day 2. Just get back on course. Think about driving. You are constantly moving the steering wheel. That's called correcting. Sometimes you take the wrong exit or turn and you have to backtrack. That's called correcting. You still know where you're going. That's called a goal, a destination. If Grandma's house is 20 miles away and there is a detour after 13 miles, you don't give up on your visit. You don't turn around and go home. Getting healthy is the exact same. There are more detours, backtracks, frustrations and plateaus than we want. But we correct, we get back on track...and we give ourselves credit for either how far we've already come or for how hard we're working at it.

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  • Thanks for writing this. It was really very helpful for me. - by THETROUT
  • This was great! Thank you. I'm so glad you had a link on the 100 days Team page. - by CAROLYNINJOY1
  • Love this!! emoticon emoticon You have learned a lot! - by LIVINTODAY
  • Six comments I've made to myself at one time or another and you have so clearly offered a sensible and achievable course of action for each one. Wise words. Thank you! - by DI_NAMIC
  • I liked your use of the term "correcting;" it's a good way to think positively about the detours we sometimes take. It beats saying, "I blew it." emoticon - by NANCYPAULINE
  • emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon - by GOCALGAL
  • CD10895053
    I loved this and thank you. Your explanation about going to Grandma's house with the detours and to keep going, really hit home with me. Plan and plan is so good too. emoticon emoticon - by CD10895053
  • Inspiring Secret of Success SkiRunner
    Take home messages....Don't give-up, Plan Ahead, Spice-up healthy food and Love yourself along the way emoticon emoticon Thank-you - by AURA18

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