No matter how motivated a person is, a little encouragement or a little boost is always helpful. All too often when people try to lose weight they end up getting discouraged because of a bad week or their progress is not going as well as expected.
One of the ways that I have found to keep a positive attitude is to celebrate my successes.
For example, this week I finally eclipsed the 15-pound mark. I was hoping it would have come a few weeks ago, but still, losing 15 pounds in two-and-a-half months is nothing to wag your finger at.
By reaching this mark, I am now five pounds away from getting under 300 pounds for the first time since I graduated high school in 2003. My wife and I were discussing the thought of my weight beginning with a two for the first time since I've known her and she told me that she would throw me a little celebratory party when I break the 200s.
This week I have been doing a lot of thinking about how far I've come in such a relatively short time. When I was in college, my eating got out of control. I would frequently buy a package of pizza rolls and package of hotdogs.
I would eat the entire box of pizza rolls while I was waiting for the hotdogs to cook, then I would eat the entire package of hotdogs, with buns. That is a total of nearly 2,200 calories for lunch.
I am embarrassed to say that was true, but it makes me proud to know that I have come to the point where I am able to eat fewer calories than that one meal throughout the entire day.
Currently, I try to maintain a diet of about 1,500 calories for the entire day. I don't feel I am starving myself either because I am learning what foods are healthy but also satisfying.
Likewise in regard to exercise, I have begun jogging. When I was a freshman in high school, I could not run one mile without stopping. Now, 12 years later, I can say that I can comfortably jog two miles without stopping. I ran a 5K last fall, which is something I never thought I would ever do. I hope to run it again this year and run the entire race without having to stop and walk.
Each person has their own individual struggles and personal battles to overcome. For some it may fast food, to others it may oversized portions, or having too much of a relationship with the TV. Especially when getting started on a weight-loss journey, it is important to celebrate those little victories such as driving past the burger joint on the way home from work and not picking up that large soda or cheeseburger.
By celebrating these little individual victories, they will continue to add up, and before you know it, you are well on your way to a healthier version of yourself.
I welcome you along on my journey and would love to hear from readers about their successes and challenges. Please feel free to contact me by phone at (620) 223-1462 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.