So remember how I gained weight last week? Turns out it was exactly the motivation I needed to break my bad habits and kick my butt in gear to do better. I definitely made up for it this past week! I lost 3 pounds!!
What I learned this week:
As much as you want to accomplish something like weight loss sometimes it’s easy to forget that’s it’s what you really want and why you really want it. As evidenced by my weight gain last week.
The biggest thing that helped me this week, besides my determination to make up for my gain, was this little diddy that I repeated to myself roughly 50 times a day.
Usually after the kids are down for a nap and the house is quiet I like to reward myself with something delicious. I make eating more of an event and less of a source of nourishment.
Repeating this to myself reminded me that there are more ways to enjoy myself and other things I can do besides eating.
When I go out to eat, my initial thought is that if I’m going to go out and spend money I’m going to make the most of it and really treat myself to something delicious.
But this mantra has helped me realize that eating out is not a reason to indulge. It’s not like I’ll never eat out again in my life. My purpose for eating is first to sustain life and second to enjoy what I’m eating.
This isn’t to say that I can’t ever eat purely for the sake of treating myself to some mouth watering morsel of goodness; I still have a root beer float nearly every night. It’s just to remind myself that eating for enjoyment is the exception, not the rule.
When I started this 7 weeks ago I took a “before” picture and it was not pretty. Maybe when I get to where my after should be I’ll let you see it. But in the before photo I have zero visible muscle definition. I have been periodically taking photo updates and I can see a slight difference.
I can actually see some muscles starting to show up in my arms and legs. And I can see that my body is slowly starting to shrink. It’s a pretty good feeling.
So darling readers, if any of you are going through this weight loss journey like me, it’s time for you to come up with your own weight loss mantra. Think about what motivates you or what will encourage you to kick a bad habit or keep going when you really want to quit. If you’re having a hard time, here are some suggestions:
- A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips
- I can do hard things
- It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, only that you don’t stop
- I may not be where I want to be but I’m better than where I was
- If you kinda do it, it kinda works. If you really do it, it really works
- Success requires a backbone not a wishbone
- What you eat in private shows up in public
- If you’re driving and you get a flat tire, do you get out of the car and slash the other three? No, you fix it and get back on the road.
- The question isn’t can you, it’s will you?
- Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
- Suck it up and someday you won’t have to suck it in
Week 7 loss: 3 lbs
Total loss: 12.2 lbs