I am not a weight loss expert by any means!! But I am VERY experienced in weight loss and unfortunately weight gain as well. Between having four babies, two children with chronic disease, and everyday stress, keeping my weight steady is not something I excel at. After I had my Princess (ten years ago) I was at my highest weight and worked very diligently with a popular weight loss plan to lose 50 pounds. I gained 20 pounds of that back and regularly hover around that number…give or take 5 pounds. Well, I have a exciting summer ahead with one of my sons graduating, my nephew is getting married, and My Better Half and I are going on a mission’s trip. With all these special things coming up, I’d really like to lose those pesky 20 pounds…for good!!!
So, I’ve been working for the last four weeks to lose those pounds the right way. The first couple of weeks the weight just fell off. My goal was to lose a pound per week and in the first two weeks, I lost 4.6 pounds. I was SO excited and even began to think, “This is easier than I remember!”. Well, last week and this week I exercised like I always do, made wise food choices, and stayed active BUT THE SCALE DID NOT BUDGE!!!
I seriously wanted to cry!! “I might as well eat that entire chocolate cake and those potato chips, better yet, crumble the potato chips on the chocolate cake and eat them together”, is exactly what I was thinking. But, My Better Half, my encourager, reminded me of my long-term goal and got my focus off the potato chip covered chocolate cake and back on weight loss goal.
So today I have for you, the five ways I’m staying motivated when the frustrating scale decides it doesn’t want to move!!
1. Find an exercise you love.
I know this is way easier said than done. I’ve tried pretty much everything out there and up until last year at this time, could say with exuberance that I hate exercise. Well, this all changed last March when a friend of mine encouraged me to try the new Jazzercise and I’m SO glad I did. I’ve been having the time of my life and getting stronger and healthier along the way. So although the scale hasn’t moved in two weeks, I’m still faithful to work out several times per week.
My Better Half got me this tank top just the other day… I love it!!
2. Keep close records of the food you eat.
I’ve learned that the occasional unrecorded snacking can push my calorie count over the edge, so keeping thorough records is really beneficial. I use the MyFitnessPal app on my phone, but my sister has created a printable if you like that method of record-keeping better.
3. Find some good accountability partners.
My Better Half, mom, and sister have been my accountability partners over the years. We used to do weekly weigh-ins and even had a motivational money jar for the winner of our weight loss competition. We’re not so serious about it now, but still, My Better Half and I encourage each other by leaving each other notes of encouragement and making a commitment to not snack together late at night.
4. Be prepared.
One of the things that help me eat healthily is to have an enjoyable and doable meal plan. I look forward to my three meals much more now that I am trying not to snack, and so the meals need to be tasty and filling. They also need to be easy to make, frugal and require few ingredients. If I have a complex meal plan, I most likely will not make the dishes and will resort to not-so-healthy fast and easy.
5. Don’t give up foods you love.
Ok, so I know MANY people will disagree with this point, but for ME, I cannot, nor do I want to, cut out entire food groups to lose weight or get healthy. I’m a firm believer in (everything in moderation), so I don’t eliminate bread or other carbs, or sugar, or any other deliciousness. I do, however, eat these things in moderation and include these things in my daily calorie count. Occasionally indulging in some goodies keeps me from “blowing it” by binging after I have deprived myself.
So these are the steps I’m taking to stay motivated and I hope the scale gets the memo and starts making its descent again!