Clean Slate

A New YearThere is something refreshing about the start of a new year.  For me, it’s like a fresh beginning, a clean slate if you will.  It’s that point in the year where we have a very visible marker between past and future and it can be a great time for a fresh start.  However, it is important to remember that if you start out with unrealistic goals or “resolutions,” you are almost certainly setting yourself up for failure.  For instance, if you have a significant amount of weight to lose and you “resolve” to lose 50 lbs. in two months, you will very likely be disappointed as that is not a realistic, healthy goal.

I know that setting a weight loss goal at this time of year can be very cliché but if you go into it with the right attitude, it can also be the perfect time to finally be successful.  Even if you made a weight loss resolution and you have already stumbled a bit, it’s NOT too late to start!  I believe that every week, day, and even meal is a great time for a fresh start.

The most important thing to remember about losing weight is that it is not a simple journey and you will most likely encounter stumbling blocks along the way but the only thing that will cause you to fail at losing weight is to give up on your efforts or not get started at all.

As many of you know, my journey has not turned out exactly like I planned and it is certainly taking a lot longer than what I had planned for when I started but in spite of that, I still consider myself successful because I haven’t given up.  I always try to remind myself that even though I’m not yet where I want to be, at least I am not where I used to be.  Even though I am not at my goal weight yet I have managed not to re-gain any of the weight I have lost and I am extremely proud of that fact.  One day at a time…one pound at a time.

My advice to all of you who are starting your journey or contemplating starting your journey is to connect yourself with a support network.  This has been one of the major keys to my success.  I am blessed beyond measure to have a family, significant other, and friends who all support me more than I could have ever hoped for.  On top of that, my fellow Weight Watchers members are great!  We have all been there or in the midst of the battle so we understand the struggles of our peers and I have been incredibly fortunate to find a group that stays connected all throughout the week (not just on meeting days) and that level of support makes a tremendous difference!

Surround Yourself

On the days you feel like giving up, remember why you started.  I have my “losing list” hanging on my bathroom mirror to remind me every morning of why I am going to keep fighting for my health.  Some of my reasons include making myself and my family proud, having a wonderful relationship, and being able to wear the clothes I want to wear.  What is your losing list?  What do you want to accomplish for your health in 2015?  Whatever your goals, write them down, build a support network around yourself, and remember that you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to!

Believing In Yourself

Comments

  1. I love the idea of a losing list. I think I need to write one.

    Great post as always! I couldn’t agree more on the need for a support network. I count my fellow bloggers in that network as well.

    • I agree Bobby…fellow bloggers are a part of the support network. There are so many inspiring stories out there!!! I like my losing list because it’s just that little visual reminder of “why” I am doing all of this hard work. Sometimes we all need a little reminder.

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