The title of this post makes me think about a sick kind of super hero with a black mask and a giant whip that gets you magically motivated. The reason I think of motivation is because that was the topic of today’s Weight Watchers meeting. Why do you do it? We all know that my driving force is so that I can be a healthier, happier, mother, and wife. But what is your motivator when the numbers aren’t where you thought they would be?
This week my weight was 257.8. That is -.6 pounds. I really had no idea what to expect since I haven’t been weighing myself everyday, and I am really not that disappointed that it wasn’t a bigger number. It seems the last few months I would have a significant loss and then a significant gain. What this number means to me is that I broke this pattern these last couple of weeks and that feels good. The scale is moving downward, and if I can keep that going every week, then I am succeeding at my goals.
Sometimes I think we put too much weight on the scale. Yes, the number can be important when you are the size I am, but there are many other indicators that you are moving in the right directions towards your goals. Those indicators are the things that keep you motivated when the scale isn’t. Here are a few of the ways that I have been able to tell a difference that have nothing to do with the number:
- My husband can put his arms all the way around me, and then some. HE noticed that I have gotten smaller and that is a BIG deal to me.
- My summer shorts don’t fit anymore. I still try to wear them because it’s still hot, but they stretch out fast and after the season is done I am donating them to goodwill, and never turning back.
- I get full faster. My stomach has shrunk because I have been portioning and measuring all of my food. I love feeling satisfied at the end of a meal and not sick.
- I HAVE TRACKED 10 DAYS IN A ROW! This is officially the longest time that I have food journaled IN MY LIFE! I can look back through these last couple weeks and see what works for my body and what doesn’t. I can compare the week I lost 3.4 pounds to this last week and see if there were any differences (I’m pretty sure I ate a LOT of cheese this last week).
- I feel a difference in my attitude and my mood when I stay on track, and that’s half the battle. Attitude is everything when shooting for a goal, and a bad attitude will have you falling before you’ve even left the gate.
I will be sticking with the tracking posts at night, it seems to be helping me out a lot. And there will be no cheat day this week. There will be a cheat meal, for when the hub’s and I go out for our anniversary, and that should be sufficient. We’ll see if this helps for next week, and I will be keeping track of it to make sure I don’t go too out of control.
What motivates you?
Now I am off to make party invites for my almost 1-year-old! They are going to be so cute!
Posted by Shrinking Carrie on September 29, 2011
I am Re-blogging this like it says at the bottom from Adrian over at chasefear.com. If you have never been to her site she is so inspiring! And since my ultimate goal is to run a marathon I find a lot of motivation in her story. Weigh in will be coming up a little later, so stay tuned!
Fear. Fear can stop you dead in your tracks. Take a moment to think. What dreams do you have in mind? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be a runner, maybe even a marathoner? Do you want to go back to school? Do you want to say something you could never imagine yourself saying? Maybe you just want to overcome your fear of bugs, clowns, or heights.
What is stopping you from overcoming your fears? The fear of change, failure, or the unknown? Throw all of that to the side and just do whatever you wish to do. Be the change you wish to see in the world, your world. Things are always going to change. Fear is only acting as a barricade to the other side of the spectrum.
Steps to becoming fearless:
1.) Realize that you’re not alone. Everyone has fears, but don’t let them run your life. In other words, don’t let your fear(s) define you.
2.) Come to terms with your fears. A lot of people don’t want to admit what they are afraid of because it shows weakness. Being open about your fears is courageous. So, grab a piece of paper and write down your biggest fears or simply talk to someone.
3.) Write down the possible outcomes if you were to conquer these fears. What doors will open for you? Will you have a more satisfying life? Will you lose or gain anything as a result? Focus on the positive results.
4.) Do one thing each day that scares you or one thing that leads you closer to surpassing your fear(s). It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone for a brief moment. What if you fail? Just get back up and TRY AGAIN! DOn’t quIT. Learn from your mistakes and build a new plan of action.
5.) Never give up.
Reblog and follow the FEAR LESS, DO MORE MOVEMENT!
Posted by Shrinking Carrie on September 29, 2011