Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Looking for loss helps you find motivation

Why is it that we don’t become motivated until we see change? I was recently reading an article in which someone quoted Dr. Phil (no, I don’t watch or pay much attention to the man, but what he said was pretty interesting) as saying, “we often wait to ‘get motivated’ to do something (like lose weight) when instead we should just do it. Once we do, and lose a little bit of weight, we suddenly feel very motivated and empowered to succeed.” I have to say, this has never been more a testament to my daily life than it is now. While there are other factors paying tribute to my motivation (the hubs and I are going on a 10 day vacation in April that includes a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean as well as the fact that on that cruise, hopefully, we are going to start trying) seeing that little bit of loss in the last few weeks has me riding that motivation train for sure.

My biggest struggle in the last 3 years with trying to get back in sync with Weight Watchers has been my inability to really track like I should. I’d have a great week here, a not so great week there, reign it back in for another decent week, and then be off the wagon completely the next. During my first attempt at Weight Watchers I had this drive for tracking. Every time I ate something I felt so chaotic about it until I’d written it down. It plagued my every thought-why have you written it down, don’t forget you already had this many points…. Somehow, with my most recent attempt at Weight Watchers I seem to have rediscovered that drive. I have been back on plan since December 27th and I have tracked every bite. I’ve planned out my meals/weekly menus. I’ve weighed and measured my food. I’ve squeezed in workouts here and there. I’ve given up fried foods and soda. Where has this diligence been the last 3 years? Where ever it’s been, I’m beyond ecstatic that it’s found its way back to me.

Adding to my excitement is my recent discovery of my absolutely favorite blog out there:! Michael and I have been using her recipes for the last 2 weeks and I gotta say she knows her stuff! We haven’t tried one thing we haven’t adored. Her recipes are super yummy, filling, beyond easy to prepare, healthy, super fresh tasting, and best of all, already have the points calculated for me! What a win win! If you haven’t visited the site, do it!

There is no time like the present to make a change. There is definitely no reason in waiting around to get started! One of my favorite pins on Pinterest (another of my absolute favorite sites on the web) was a photo that said, “The summer is almost here, and I’m going to be skinny. Maybe not as skinny as I’d like to be but better off than I am today!” So true, it’s the baby steps. I will definitely be smaller during the summer than I am today, and that helps me keep my eye on the prize! And, if that isn’t motivation enough, think about this: someone busier than you just finished a workout. If they can do it, so can we!

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