Losing weight is hard, but there are ways to find inspiration to make losing weight easier. It is important to find inspiration every single day to keep us empowered to keep pushing toward our goal. Surrounding ourselves with inspiration may not be as hard as you think.
It is as easy as putting pictures of yourself as you are now next to pictures of bodies you admire and recognizing that your body may look like that if you were slender and healthy. Myself, Wonder Woman, Linda Carter in her hey day, was my body. Stop laughing! I’m not exaggerating.
How about surrounding yourself with thin friends who love you as you are, but want what’s best for you and encourage you to go after your goals. Especially if they love to work out, and they push you to join them because they know you will keep up, maybe not today, but eventually.
Go shopping and buy an outfit or a dress or a suit or whatever inspires you to want to get into it. Hang it where you can see it to remind you of where you are going.
Journal your journey and keep the journal within view. It’s a great way to help you work out the frustrating days, and it is a great reminder of your terrific days.
Play music that hypes you up and makes you feel good. Chances are you will get up and dance, inducing the flow of endorphins which will make you feel great and not want to cheat.
Hang a calendar somewhere you can see it, and every day you keep your promises, put a bright gold star on that day. If you have a bad day, leave it blank. If you have an almost perfect day, put a red star on it. Seeing the gold stars, with an occasional red star will inspire you not to have a blank day.
Keep a pretty jar filled with inspirational notes for when you need a quick reinforcement. Invite those who love you to put short notes in the jar. Pick one and then another and then another whenever you feel the need, and keep going until you no longer want to cheat and eat.
Take pictures along the way as you lose weight. Hang them up so you can see your progress.
Take your measurements weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. It will help to gauge your progress. There may be times when the scale won’t budge, but the inches are getting smaller.
Hang up a pair of pants you wore at your heaviest weight as a reminder of what you don’t want to ever fit into again.
Go online and read success stories. They always inspire me.
Take a moment every day to reflect on where you have been, what you have accomplished thus far, and where you want to be. Be grateful for how hard you have worked to change your life for the better.
If you have any inspirational ideas, send them my way and help others as well. Wish you well, wish you success, and I hope we both reap the rewards of reaching our goals.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.