Can I confess? I was a little disappointed when I first stepped on the scale this week. I lost, but it was only a pound.
Then, I got a little perspective. One, I got a whole tub of butter’s worth of fat off my body in only 7 days!
Two, I just hit a big new milestone: I’ve lost 80 pounds! Eighty! Can you picture 80 tubs of butter all lined up? Next time I go to the store, I may just stand there and count how many tubs of butter are in the dairy case just to get a visual of what I’ve really done.
I’m less than 15 pounds from my goal weight now! I’m so excited! I never thought I’d be here. In all my attempts to lose weight before, I’ve never been so close. The big difference this time? Well, the biggest difference is that I didn’t quit.
I totally think that anyone can do this. The key factors are:
1) Be willing to make the changes. No, it’s not always going to be easy, but if you look at the changes you’re making as lifestyle changes, not temporary fixes, and you make changes that you truly can live with for a lifetime, they start becoming second nature.
Look at each choice as an opportunity to change your life. I love this quote from my pastor:
Commitments never result in anything; consistency does.
2) Don’t give up. I can’t stress that enough. If you quit, your diet didn’t fail. Your weight-loss effort didn’t fail. And, really, you didn’t fail. You just quit. As Jillian Michaels is very fond of saying:
Keep doing the right things and eventually your body has to respond.
3) Quit eating crap, start moving, and quit making excuses. I’ve seen this on at least two different blogs in the last week or so. Both of the bloggers had lost significant amount of weight. Both were very blunt. And, both were right. (And, just in case you’re dying of curiosity, one of them is here – profanity warning – and I honestly can’t remember where I saw the other one.)
A lot of people want a magic pill. They want a quick fix. When people ask me how I’m losing weight, I can tell that many of them are disappointed when I don’t give them the name of a weight-loss pill they haven’t tried or a program they haven’t joined. The truth is, losing weight is hard work.
There’s another truth, though. Anyone can do it. Really. You missed all the times I tried and
failed quit before. I didn’t blog them. (Actually, I may have blogged one or two of them way back when.) It just takes a willingness to change, determination to keep at it, and consistency.
I can’t wait to hear your success story!
(Oh, and guess what? I’m wearing shorts as I type this! I can’t even tell you when the last time was that I wore shorts. Even better? They’re my 16-year-old daughter’s shorts! Yeah, they were too big on her anyway.)
It’s your turn! Did the scale reflect your efforts last week?
This post is linked to Weight Loss Wednesday.
Do or do not. There is no try.