Remember how far you have come

by Megan on · 11 comments

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It’s so easy to get discouraged when you are trying to lose weight.  I know I did several times on my weight loss journey.  When I hit my plateau and didn’t lose any weight for a month, I felt like giving up.  But then I remembered how far I had came.  I had lost over 100 pounds and why, oh why, should I just forget that?  I shouldn’t.  I didn’t.  You shouldn’t either.

Never ever give up.  The only sure fire way to fail is to give up.  Throw the towel in.  Wave the white flag.  And any other silly metaphor you can think of.  Don’t do it.  Pick yourself up and keep going.  Remember how far you have come.  Maybe you’ve lost 5 pounds, 20 pounds or even 50 pounds.  No matter where you are in your weight loss efforts, don’t give up.  Don’t waste all your efforts on falling back into your old routine.  You can do it.  Do it!

Celebrate small accomplishments. Maybe you fit into a smaller size of jeans.  Maybe you lost 5 pounds.  Maybe you can exercise 30 minutes without passing out.  Celebrate all of those accomplishments without using food to do so.  Go buy yourself something special, go out with friends, post it on facebook, whatever you do, celebrate.  When you celebrate your accomplishments it helps you remember how far you’ve come.

Always work on yourself.  Read self-help books and don’t be ashamed to do so.  I read them all the time and I tell you what, they’ve helped me improve myself so much.  I recommend The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.  I read this book at least once every 3 months and trust me, I can attribute some of my weight loss success to this read.  Watch documentaries on people who have overcame obstacles to reach their goals whether it’s weight loss or just a life goal in general.  Seeing someone else improve themselves will motivate you to do the same.

Check your goals off.  Keep your goals on paper and somewhere you look often.  I have mine on my bathroom mirror.  Once I reach a certain goal, I cross it off my list.  This helps me see how far I’ve come and motivates me to keep going.  Once you cross off all your goals, make more.  Once I reached my weight loss goal, I wrote down some exercise goals and some healthy eating goals.  I keep writing more and more every time I cross off one.

Keep a weight loss journalI’ve stressed the importance of a weight loss journal so many times.  You must have one so you can track your results and when you are feeling down, read back to day one.  Look at how far you’ve come.  You can reach your goals.  You must keep going.  I believe in you but you must believe in yourself.

Don’t just follow these tips for weight loss.  Use them as a life lesson to accomplish anything.  Set your mind to it and always, remember how far you have come.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tammy May 1, 2012 at 8:19 am

Now that I am closer to my goal weight, it’s taking longer to lose the pounds. But, as long as they still come off, I am happy.

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2 Jenn @therebelchick May 1, 2012 at 8:50 am

These are such great motivators!

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3 Jenn May 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’ll be needing these tips in a few months to take off the baby weight. Thanks for sharing!

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4 Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy May 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thanks for sharing these. I get so discouraged at times.

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5 Theresa May 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I love these! Thanks so much Megan!

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6 nicole @WriteSpell May 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Absolutely!

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7 Stefani May 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

Thanks for sharing. I try to go to the gym mon-fri, but when you don’t get the results you want fast enough, sometimes it gets discouraging.

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8 Penelope May 2, 2012 at 3:00 am

I feel discourage currently..I’m losing the weight but my once tight tummy *feels* jiggly…it’s so upsetting.

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9 Courtney May 3, 2012 at 6:37 am

I was actually trying to lose weight before the baby.. It wasn’t going so well due to muscle gain but I preferred muscle over fat. Hoping I can continue my goal after the baby and lose the extra weight. It’s so hard, but definitely worth it.

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10 debra p May 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

Inspiring, thank you!

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11 Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell May 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

I like the idea of checking things off and keeping a journal. That makes good sense! Thank you!

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