6 Quotes To Help You On Your Weight Loss Journey

These quotes have gotten me through some tough times on my journey. I thought it would be a good idea to share in case you were needing some quotes to help you through those struggles that we all face at some times.

  1. How Badly Do You Want It?

When I feel tempted by anything I always ask myself how badly I want it. Or when I’m feeling discouraged I like to ask that question in reference to my goals. How badly do I want to see those goals? That normally puts me right back on track.

  1. You’re not being selfish when you put your health first.

When you skip a night out with friends because you want to wake up early the next morning for a run, you’re not being selfish. This journey is all about you and if people can’t accept that, then they must not want to help you accomplish your goals. For you to be successful on this journey it has to be a priority.

3. Don’t Forget Why You StartedIMG_4081

When the goings get tough this is always very relevant. When I feel like I’m making no progress I really like to remind myself of my goals and the reasons why I started this journey. To be healthy. To be happy. To be able to shop wherever I want. To feel good about myself.

 

  1. Do this for you and no one else!If you’re doing this to please your family, your boyfriend, or society, then you’re most definitely doing it for the wrong reasons. You should choose to better yourself and your health because you want to do it. Not for any other reason.
  2. IMG_3834Turn a setback into a comeback. When you fail, which you probably will. You just have to pick yourself back up and get back on track. You just need to be aware of why you decided to go off track and work on the feelings behind it to try to counteract it next time you’re feeling that way.6. Find Joy on the Journey

I think this is especially important. If you’re miserable on this journey, you won’t be successful. You need to find an exercise FIND JOY (1)you enjoy and find a meal plan that you like. If you aren’t eating healthy food that tastes good or doing an exercise that you enjoy, then you’re most likely going to quit.

 

 

These quotes have really helped me when I feel like I’m failing. I’ve been feeling that pretty intensely these last few weeks. I’ve had two weeks of no losses, and then this week I only lost half a pound, due to a binge Nutella episode last night. My quote that I’ve been focusing on since last night is turning my setbacks into a comeback. I’m getting back on the losing train asap! I hope they can do the same for you! (ps I made most of these graphics with the awesome app canva!)

If you have some awesome quotes that help motivate you, let me know down below in the comments!

Weight Loss How To: Stay Motivated

So you’ve decided to start trying to lose weight, but you’re struggling with staying motivated? Don’t sweat it; it happens to us all, including myself. Staying motivated is probably the hardest part about losing weight. It ties into every aspect of weight loss. If you’re not motivated and excited about your journey, then you probably won’t be as committed. If you’re not motivated, then it won’t reflect on the scale. If you’re not motivated, then you won’t be as strict as you sometimes need to be on this journey. Motivation literally has everything to do with losing weight. So if you’re struggling with motivation, then sit back, relax, and read these tips on how to stay motivated that have worked for me!

Progress Pics. These are so important. Progress pictures really help put into perspective the hard work you’ve put into your journey. I know for me, sometimes it’s really difficult to see any changes in myself in the mirror. To me, I often still see the same thing I’ve seen

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11/3/16 vs 1/18/1

in the mirror for years. I still see the size 18 girl who was so unhappy with how she looked, and then other times I’m able to see the new size 12 girl who is loving life. I think your brain likes to play tricks on you. So, I think progress pics really help you see more clearly. Sometimes when I’ve taken a progress pic and compared it to an older picture, I’m literally shocked. It can sometimes blow your mind to see the progress you’ve made in picture form, especially when you look in the mirror and feel like you don’t see much change. It’s there, you just need to take a picture, find something to compare it to, and boom! There’s your motivation to keep going when the journey gets hard. You just need to see it in a new light that isn’t the light in your bathroom mirror. That picture for me has kept me going when things have gotten super difficult, and I didn’t feel like I was making any progress. It shows you where you came from, and that is something I always have to remind myself of. I’ve come so far, even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Just take some progress pics, and keep going. You’re making progress, no matter how slow it is. It’s progress.

Reward Your Losses. I find that positive reinforcement does wonders. I made a list for myself of rewards I will buy myself in five-pound increments. These rewards are something I can look forward to, and are never food related. You shouldn’t reward yourself with food because then you’re just going back to old habits, and relying on food to bring you positive emotions.

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My Rewards

I normally choose material things or things that I enjoy as rewards. This way I’m not rewarding myself with food, but I still get those positive emotions from the reward. I think this really works for me because it gives me something to work towards. I have that reward to look forward to, and it often really helps me stay on track. This is especially true if it’s something I’ve really been wanting to buy for myself, but feel like it’s something I don’t really need.

Track your weight loss. I honestly recommend tracking everything, from food, measurements, weight, water intake, just everything is good to track. However, if you don’t want to track that extensively, tracking your weight loss is a good way to stay motivated. I like to see how much I’ve lost each month; this way I know what I need to do the next month. ( ps I used the typorama app to make that little yearly calendar!)

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A look at my year so far

 

It really helps hold me accountable. I also like looking at my weight from week to week. This way I can look back, and know that if I didn’t have a loss one week, then I probably
treated myself a little too extensively, so I need to reign myself in the next week if I want a loss. It really helps with accountability, but it also can help with motivation. It’s so cool to look back and see a constant downward pattern of weight loss, especially when I feel like it isn’t coming off as fast as I want.

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A peek at my weekly weigh ins

These tips have really helped me stay motivated and committed to my weight loss goals. I’ve had a steady downward trend of weight loss, so I feel I can thank these tips for that. Without using these methods, I probably would have given up a long time ago. I hope you can implement these into your current weight loss journey, or motivate you to start down the path to better health! Let me know in the comments if you have any tips on staying motivated!

 

 

 

5 Lessons I’ve Learned While Trying to Lose Weight

 

It’s easy to say, “Oh, I want to lose weight!” but it’s a lot harder to follow through. I’ve learned that through many failed attempts, and I mean many. I’ve been overweight all my life, and I’m only 20, so that says a lot. I’ve tried probably every fad diet out there, but they never worked in the long run.

Then, one day I woke up, and it just clicked. I knew what I needed to do, and I knew it would be difficult, probably one of the hardest things I’ve done. But I can say with absolute certainty that when it finally clicked, it was going to stay. I’ve never been happier or felt better about myself than I do right now. I’ve lost 26 pounds so far and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, but these 5 stand out the most in my mind.

  1. It’s hard.

Oh man, is it hard. That’s honestly kind of an understatement. It’s hard to get up every day and know that what you’re going to eat is already tracked and planned. I track everything the night before on MyFitnessPal to hold myself more accountable. It’s hard sometimes to get the motivation to want to go to the gym. Sometimes I really don’t want to, like yesterday, and I didn’t. It’s hard to say no to temptations around your friends and family. We’ve had 3 King Cakes in our house. Sometimes I was able to say no, and sometimes I wasn’t. And all of these might be mistakes in some people’s eyes, but I’ve learned that it’s all okay. As long as you aren’t mean to yourself for making a mistake then you’re on the right track. We’re all human, and I’ve learned that as long as I get right back on the wagon, that’s what counts in the long run. This journey is unbelievably hard but so worth it.

  1. Drinking lots of water helps.

I can honestly say now that I love water. I rarely drank water before this journey started, and now I’m drinking a gallon or more of water a day. Water has so many benefits when it comes to weight loss. It has helped me feel more full after a meal, especially when I first started. Water helped tremendously with learning portion control. It makes me feel good. Water is just in general, really good for your body. I think water has honestly been a huge factor in my success

  1. Track everything.

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    A quick look at my daily tracker

“If you bite it, write it. If you snack it, track it. And if you nibble it, scribble it” -Unknown. I live by this quote. I track everything I put in my mouth, even on treat meals. Even when I get the urge to binge, and I follow through. I track it. If you don’t track what you’re eating, you’re just lying to yourself. Your tracker might show “good days” because you refuse to track your cheats, but your body will not reflect it. Trust me I know from experience.

  1. Sometimes it seems like you’re not making any progress.

This is so unbelievably true that it hurts. Sometimes your brain tricks you into seeing what you’ve always seen in the mirror. I struggle with this constantly. I know I have made progress. I’ve lost 26 pounds and two pants sizes, working on the third. It is seriously so hard to see progress sometimes. When I feel like I’m not making any progress, I remember where I came from. I know I’m making progress, it’s just slow progress. And progress is progress in my book.

  1. A treat meal with friends is good for the soul.

You know what sucks? Depriving yourself of anything while trIMG_1360ying to lose weight. I don’t deprive myself of anything. I either try to fit it into my daily calories, try to satisfy it in healthier ways, or eat it in my weekly treat meal. Eating healthy 24/7 is hard. Thinking about what I’m having for my treat meal on Fridays often helps me through a rough day full of cravings. Just knowing that on Friday, I get to go have fun with my friends while eating whatever I want makes me happy. I really try not to go overboard on my cheat meals because then I wake up on Saturday with an awful stomachache. I often use my treat meals as an opportunity to catch up with friends, so I see it as more than just a meal where I eat what I want.

These lessons have literally changed my life. It’s been over four months now, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I can only go up from here, or should I say down?

I hope these lessons have inspired you to partake on your own journey, and if you’re currently or wanting to start the path to getting healthy, let me know! I would love to talk to some like minded people!