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Keep the Excitement High

The first week in January is so easy to rally yourself up and get super excited about losing weight and changing your life in the coming year.

But what happens into the second, third, or even fourth week? The excitement starts to dwindle and you're just not jumping up and down with excitement like you were a few weeks ago.

I see this almost every single year...the highs and lows of the weight loss game. Today I want to share my personal journey last year that required me to stay strong and NOT give up!

I can remember that morning so vividly, like it was just yesterday. I woke up at my usual early hour of 4:30 am and sat at the kitchen table and cried my eyes out. It was Thanksgiving morning, 2011, and my parents were staying with us. We had an awesome day planned, but all I could do was cry.

At the time, Marcos was almost 4 months old and Christian was 2 years old. When Marcos was born in July, I took my 6 weeks maternity leave and then came right back to work. I loved being home with my kids, but I also absolutely love the work the Beyond Diet team and I do in the world, and I really did miss it.

Working Mom

Almost 4 months into being a working mom with 2 small children, I had my "breakdown." I was nursing Marcos (as I had done with Christian), running a company, taking care of 2 little ones, and making sure we were all healthy. It all seemed like too much for me to handle.

I think what brought me to tears was that I had a TON of help. My husband works from home, my parents now live 10 minutes away, and my in-laws live 13 minutes away. All of them are the most helpful, loving people you will ever meet and are always available to help me whenever I needed.

So I asked myself,

"What in the world is wrong with me? Why can't I do this? I have everything I need, yet I can't get it together? Why can’t I get this right?"

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation with your weight loss goals? Where you feel like a complete failure no matter how hard you try?

Maybe you've said similar things to yourself like,

"What is wrong with me? Why can't I just lose this weight? I have all the information I need, but I still can't get it together and do this?"

My situation was not really much different than trying to lose weight over and over again, to just come up as a failure every time and then feeling hopeless in the end.

You see I had "tried" just about everything I knew to do at that point...work from home, work from the office, take the kids to grandparents, hire a part time babysitter...but every attempt still left me exhausted because it was just not structured and planned the right way. Many times I wanted to give up.

Here is what I finally learned about my particular situation and how this can help you keep moving forward in your weight loss and health journey, even when the "excitement" begins to dwindle and the road may seem harder than what you can handle.

1. It does not have to be "perfect."

I see the false perception of having something be "perfect" stop people from working on their goals all the time (and that includes me). For myself, even if it took me 3 hours to write one newsletter because of all of the interruptions, rather than taking the usual 45 minutes, I needed to celebrate my success of writing that one newsletter, instead of harping on the fact that it took longer that it should have.

For you, even if it took you several days to drop 1 pound when your friend dropped it in a day, please celebrate the fact that the pound is off and staying off, regardless of how much time it took. It does not need to be "perfect" and please do not wait for every detail to be perfect. Take it one small step at a time and celebrate your successes along the way.

2. I learned to be nicer to myself.

I would say that the meanest person to me is ME. I almost can't believe some of the awful things I would say to myself on some days. "You can't do this, who are you kidding?" "You might as well give up. This is hopeless." Yes, me, Isabel...positive 'ol me just could not see the light at the end of the tunnel and could not figure out how working moms do it.

Excitement

What I decided was I was going to talk to myself as I would talk to my children, "You can do this. Just be patient and you will get it right." "You are going to get this right. I know you are. One small step at a time." If a negative remark started to slowly creep into my head, I would immediately think, "What would I say to one of my children in a situation like this?" Almost every time, it turned into something positive and encouraging.

I strongly urge you to do the same...to speak words of encouragement to yourself as you would a small child, instead of constantly "scolding" yourself for a mistake.

Tell yourself, "You're going to do this this time. Take it one step at a time and be patient with yourself." "You are a strong and powerful person. You can accomplish all the things you set your mind to."

3. I learned to find the blessings in the process and not just to be attached to the outcome.

I know you've heard the saying, "Life is a journey, not a destination." I think many times we are in such a hurry to get to the finish line, we miss the blessings that have happened during the process. Besides the fact that I had 2 beautiful little boys to enjoy each day, I began to celebrate many blessings during the "journey" of figuring out how to be a working mom...

  • I was much more patient with myself and others than I had ever been before.
  • I was stopping to "smell the roses" much more than ever in life.
  • I have become a much more organized person.
  • I am able to communicate and relate to my readers much better now as a busy working mother.

How about you? Have you stopped to celebrate the blessings of the journey to health regardless of the weight loss?

  • Are you a better cook?
  • Are you spending more time with your family because you are planning meals together?
  • Have you made new friends in Beyond Diet or at your local gym?
  • Are you a more organized person because of your new meal planning?

Stop to think of all the ways this journey has been a success, regardless of how many pounds or inches lost.

My hope for you is that 2013 be your year to celebrate your journey, regardless of any "highs and lows" you may experience along the way.

Remember to...

  1. Celebrate all of your successes, regardless of how big or small.
  2. Be nice to yourself!
  3. Enjoy the journey.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       13 posts
  1. Balance   
       10 posts
  1. Parenting   
       4 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       3 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       3 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       2 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       0 posts

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