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Get Motivated: Celebrate the Small Things

I was reading through some posts in the Weight Loss Support Group, and user callmecheezcubes's comment really stuck out, so I wanted to share it with you guys:

"Get this — The other day I went to the doctor and the scale was three pounds less!!! Regardless if this is water weight, or whatever, you gotta celebrate the little achievements. So . . . um . . . hooray!"

This could not be more true. Weight loss is a slow process, so it's important to really celebrate the small things and give yourself credit for being well on your way to a healthier you. I feel I should definitely do this more. Do you celebrate small health achievements?


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jenni_po jenni_po 9 years
ABSOLUTELY! I pat myself on the back many times throughout the day for even the tiniest of good choices: when I choose mustard and not mayo on a sandwich, turkey instead of tuna salad, not to have an extra piece of bread, to have water or iced tea instead of beer or a glass of wine, when taking the stairs instead of the elevator, when looking in the mirror and deciding i LIKE something and don't HATE something else, when my hair or skin looks good regardless of how much I weigh... Each moment is another chance to make a healthy, positive decision, and the more you pride yourself on making the little ones, the more you realize how you get to your end goal when you get there. You can actually visualize where your 5, 10, or 30 pounds went when you remember how many good decisions you made along the way. feel good about it all!! life is too short! =)
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I've been a Weight Watchers member since March 2006 and reached my goal (after losing 70 lbs.) in July 2007. It was a slow process and really just a chain of tiny losses. It upsets me to hear people come off the scale and say "I only lost 1/2 a pound." instead of being excited. Dude, you LOST. It's a step in the right direction and every little bit helps.
scottdavis0676 scottdavis0676 9 years
This past week I have lost sixteen pounds! Now bear in mind, this was NOT all fat. I had become a bit "lax" with my diet, to say the least, this entire month. Too many binge fests involving pizza, and other assorted goodies. Last week on Father's day I resolved to lose the weight quickly and healthily, so I abandoned myself to cardio! This week I put in seven and a half hours of cardio, which entailed me running over thiry miles and biking close to the same. My waist went from 31" down to 29". I'm elated and most definitely will be celebrating this "modest" accomplishment!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
When I was in the process of losing 90 lbs, I celebrated all sorts of little accomplishments. Every time I could fit into smaller pants I was ecstatic! I also celebrated things like seeing new muscles I had never seen before or losing 5 lbs from my last weigh in. It definitely helped keep me motivated and on track!
familyfitness familyfitness 9 years
Every accomplishment should be celebrated in some way. I am down 50 pounds with at least 15 to go, maybe more when I see how I feel when I get into the 'healthy weight' category. I know it's not always about the number on the scale, but it's hard to stay motivated when you hit a plateau. Every day you just want that number to go down, even if it's a half a pound! So I bought a scale that also measures body fat. It may not be perfectly accurate, but I know it's in the ball park. So if I saw my body fat go down, I was happy. If I measured an inch smaller around the waist but didn't see any change in my scale weight, I was happy. If I could run a little longer, lift a heavier weight, feel my pants getting looser, or even walk away from the pantry a little easier than I could the week before, I was happy. I just think of it as baby steps. I didn't get to be obese overnight and I'm not going to wake up at a healthy weight tomorrow. Cut yourself some slack. I made a deal with my husband: for every 10 pounds I lose, he buys me a sexy piece of clothing. Suddenly all those crunches and miles on the elliptical seem a little more tolerable!
yellowshoe yellowshoe 9 years
What a great attitude! I try to... although it is difficult to stay motivated!! I had been telling my sister all along when I had my small achievements, and I would get bummed that it was "only" two pounds... but now I'm a total of 35 pounds lighter! I'm getting there!! All the little things sure add up!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'm in a huge plateau right now so I've been Bumming about it big time. But my little victory is that I can now do a couple boy push ups. Not awesome but it's something. I just wish I could lose more inches around my waist. Its so sad
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I was happy the first time I had lost more than only part of a pound (not even a whole pound) in a week. I might have recently hit a plateau actually but I already lost 20 pounds so I'm not complaining.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
NO, and I wish I had. A couple of years ago( before I got pregnant with my last child) I wanted to lose 10-12 lbs. and I counted every dang calorie and worked out for a whole 2 months and only lost 5 lbs. I was so disgusted that I had to give up almost everything I enjoyed, even the real sugar in my coffee, only over 5 lbs! It just didn't seem worth it!! So I went back to eating how I liked to and today I have those 5 lbs. back and plus another 5: if I had just stuck to it and been happier about the 5 lbs. maybe I could have added just a few splurges here and there and been able to keep motivated to stay with it, and might be the 115 lbs. I was so used to being all my adult life right now. (Keep in mind I'm only 5'2" and this is the weight I feel most comfortable in) O well, guess this post hit a button with me!Lol! Sorry!
tatsauce tatsauce 9 years
Heck yes, I was all excited about being able to fit into size 2 pants at the Gap. Yes, they run a bit larger but I used to wear size 6, heyyyy!
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