Last week, I hung some signs and installed a few different motivational tools around my house to remind me of why I want to lose weight. Most women I know lose weight because they want one thing: to be smaller. Makes sense. I, however, want to lose weight because I’m tired of paying the consequences of being not smaller.
I made the weight loss jars that I mentioned in a previous post:
Each time I lose a pound, a rock goes into the ‘pounds lost’ jar. These babies sit right on my kitchen counter and stare me down every time I walk into the kitchen. It’s a constant reminder that I have a goal (and the ice cream in the freezer will not get me there).
I created a poster collage in our home office:
I’m really shoving loads of sunshine up my ass to keep it moving. In addition to both of these projects, which clearly illustrate my creative genius, I hung a few signs on our fridge such as: Drink More Water, I’m a Vegetable…so EAT ME, and put down that snack.
I’ve also been fairly consistent with the exercise. I don’t want to brag or anything but it has been three straight days. I’m finally listening to my doctor and skipping the cardio and going right for the weight training. I’ve been using workout videos on You Tube. Speaking of which, did you know that there are thousands of FREE workout videos on You Tube? It’s a dream come true for a girl that habitually returns her library materials late. I’m pretty sure I paid for their latest renovation. I found everything from yoga for better digestion to leg presses for better sex (some people think they need to share all THEIR workouts, ick). I’ve really been using Denise Austin’s videos, which is ironic considering when I was younger she made me want to stick an ice pick in my eye with her never ending cheerfulness and Crest fresh smile, but I’m really embracing Denise. Her workouts are simple and you don’t feel like just because you can’t twist your legs behind your head that you’re not accomplishing anything.
I still struggle with food. I’m pretty sure that struggle is here to stay. I would love to say that I’ve found the answer to maintaining a balance with food consumption via an elimination diet or some other method but I have not. My friend Kim did pass on the following quote to me which I have hung in my house and at my desk at work: What you eat in private, you wear in public. Truth!
As this blog and my journey progress, I’ll keep posting pictures of the ‘pounds lost’ jar so that we can travel this journey together because I know I’m not alone.
What are some ways you keep yourself motivated to stay healthy and fit?