This has probably been the most challenging diet week since I started Weight Watchers. There was a lot of food around (reception after my nephews First Communion, dinner out with friends, the night where I totally lost it and ate far too many Mozart Kugeln after learning that my sweet, young, spoiled little dog is developing cataracts and will probably go blind without expensive eye surgery). Also, the novelty and motivation of starting a new diet is starting to fade into regular routine, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that I have to make sure my motivational fire stays kindled.
Going on a diet for a month or two and losing ten or even twenty pounds is not so horrible. It’s a finite period of time. There is an end in sight. Knowing that it will take me a year or so to get to where I want to be adds a whole new twist to things. Sometimes, it’s just plain overwhelming and that big number can overshadow the joy we might otherwise take in reaching smaller milestones. So far, I’ve managed to keep things in check and keep a good attitude, but I know from experience that it’s easy to get discouraged.
Waning motivation is something I’ve talked about with one particular friend. In her infinite(ish) wisdom, she suggested I think about ways to stay motivated before I lose my mojo. Here is my (probably ongoing) list:
- Set small, achievable goals
- Celebrate the small stuff and do it with healthy rewards (i.e. preferably NOT by eating a Black Forest Cake)
- Track my progress, but not too much. The last thing I want is to lose motivation because of water weight. Weights go up and down, especially when you’re 40ish and your period is whacky.
- Think wellness. This is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change and it will take time
- Remember why I am doing this (lower blood pressure, health, to feel better about myself, etc.)
- Plan ahead
- Take it one day at a time. I can do anything for a day!
- Have a list of alternate activities to do when I feel myself moving toward mindless eating (i.e. play my violin, go for a walk, do a craft project, write a blog post, etc.)
- Fill my mind, not my mouth. There are innumerable books, blogs, and documentaries filled success stories and strategies for eating well and reaching optimum health.
- Reach out to friends for support. I am not an island
The great thing is that I do have a lot of support to keep me motivated. I have my friends in Fit Club as well as other friends who have been incredibly supportive. I am also starting to enjoy following the progress of some fellow bloggers who are on the same journey as I am. Every time I see one of their successes, I think “I can do this!” Whether you know you inspire me or not, THANK YOU!
So, how do you stay motivated?
Goal: 16 lbs by June 21st
Progress: 5.1 lbs
Remaining: 10.9 lbs