No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
I saw a great article today that I just had to share here, it captures alot of what we talk about, the more mental aspect of weight loss success.
It's called "5 Signs You'll Reach Your Weight Loss Goal". Each point is fully described in the full article, but here are the 5 points:
1. You Have Patience
2. You Persevere Through Set-backs
3. You Accept Your Body
4. You Focus on Your Goal
5. You Make Yourself a Priority
I found something beneficial in every point. Rather than copy the person's article, I've linked to it. If you read it, I'd love to hear in the comments which point or points resonate most with you.
For me, number 4 really stood out, though I took something from each point. But number 4 is an area where I feel I get stuck more often. Here's what she had to say about focusing:
"Focus on where you’re headed instead of obsessing about where you are. You can’t move forward if your mind dwells on self-critical thoughts about being overweight. What we focus our attention on grows. Shift negative attention away from your current weight and concentrate on the positive lifestyle changes you’re making. This inspires you to succeed. When your desire to look forward overshadows the tendency to complain about where you are, you’ll reach your goal more easily."
My own self-critical thoughts aren't so much about my body- for me it's simple to accept that my body looks one way now, and will look another once I put in the hard work. But I do get very self-critical about what I view as my laziness and lack of discipline that keeps me falling for the same old eating habits even after I've been doing well. I get so mad at myself, and I need to keep reminding myself, focus on the positives! There are many. I've made a lot of changes. But I tend to put all my focus on the changes I haven't made.
I've gotten this advice, to focus more on what's been accomplished, from BTLers too, and it's really helpful. I just need to keep it in mind.