First and foremost I want to thank ya'll for showing me such an abundance of love on my last post...This is MY blog! I hope my post helped and encouraged you to find your own blogging voice and or blogging persona.
So, now...I want to take the time to address a comment I received on my previous post. JM writes:
"I have been off for a few weeks now too!! I was doing soooo well and then fell of track! How do you motivate yourself to start back again? I will wake up every morning saying I'm gonna do this today!!! And I go to bed every night saying OK tomorrow I will do this!!!!"
Well....let me start by saying this:
JM, I can totally relate! Like you, I wake up EVERY morning and I begin my day with some positive weight loss affirmations:
I tell myself...today I WILL make healthy food choices.
I tell myself...I WILL work-out.
I tell myself...I WILL drink at least 64oz. of water.
I tell myself...I WILL follow the WW healthy guideline.
I tell myself...I WILL track my food intake.
I tell myself...I WILL stay away from the snacks.
I tell myself...I WILL only eat when hungry.
Yes, I tell myself the same thing(s) everyday. But sometimes, my day fails to go as planned. And those positive weight loss affirmations fly out of the window. When that happens, I learn from my mistake(s), and keep it moving.
Along with learning from my mistakes, one of the most important things I do to stay motivated...
I FORGIVE my weight loss indiscretions, rather than stew in my own failure and misery! I must forgive myself and move on. In the past I mulled over bad choices, which always resulted in wallowing in guilt...which in turn resulted in me eating my feelings.
Another important aspect of staying motivated:
When you fall... YOU GET THE HELL BACK UP!
YOU GET UP NOW!
...NOT ON MONDAY
...NOT AFTER LABOR DAY
NOW! If you falter at breakfast and eat a doughnut, rebound with a lighter lunch and healthier snacks. Never scrap the whole day and say...TOMORROW! GET UP NOW!!
Easier said than done.
And when all of this positivity crap I just ranted about fails, I just look at old pictures of myself...
Do you think I want to go back to looking like that? I think NOT!
And my final method of motivation I want to share...
Keep an old piece of clothing at your highest weight. When you feel like a failure try on the old piece of clothing and see YOUR PROGRESS!
I kept these slacks from Layne Bryant.
So, how do you stay motivated?
JM, I hope this post answers your question and motivates you!