Monday, March 3, 2014

Motivation Monday!

It's a double post day!! My race recap was too long to do one post, so I split them up.

Today is Motivation Monday and the team is talking about their Top 10 Weight Loss Tips.

People ask me all the time how I lost my weight and how have I kept it off. I've compiled my favorite weight loss success tips for you here:

1: No excuses! Begin where you are with what you have.

2: Set SMART goals. In order to achieve your goals, they must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

3: Write things down. Keep a journal, track your progress, log your calories, etc. Progress pics are great!!  They help you see where you've been and how far you've come.

4: Sign up for challenges, races, group events/activities, etc. Give yourself small goals to work toward and accomplish. With group activities, you get the support, motivation and accountability that can you achieve your goals.

5: Find a mentor or a workout/weight loss/fitness buddy. Again, you'll be more successful with the motivation, encouragement and accountability.

6: Be honest with yourself. If you're not seeing results, re-evaluate your goal and re-adjust if needed. If you've had a slip up, that's ok. Don't give up, just pick back up and keep going!

7: Be proud of yourself. Love yourself not matter where you are in your journey. Be patient. This is about progress, not perfection. Reward your self for successes. For instance, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, buy yourself a cute new workout outfit when you achieve your goal. This will help keep you motivated!

8: Read and educate yourself. There is a vast array of knowledge about health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness at your fingertips.

9: Plan ahead. Meal planning is the biggest key to preventing a disaster for me. I typically try to plan and prepare meals for a week in advance. This makes it easy for me to stay on  track with healthy eating. If I don't plan, then I'm at the mercy of my work cafeteria which usually has greasy, fried or fat filled choices to offer.

10: Do something every day to get you one step closer to your goal. Sometimes baby steps work better and that's ok. Just start with one thing, be it clean healthy eating or increasing your activity and do it every day. After you've mastered that, then move on to the next step.

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Until next time,

Your Friend,



  1. I think the tip about being honest with yourself is great and really important. If it's not working, don't use it an excuse to sabotage your progress... mix things up a bit, find a new activity, eat a new food, drink more water etc. Do something to change up your routine.

    1. I know we tend to compare ourselves to others and get discouraged/give up when we don't see the same results as our friends and family. I think it's important to remember what works for 1 person may not necessarily work for another. :-)

  2. I think taking baby steps toward your weight loss goal will give yourself a chance to truly change from the inside out. I've tried to take on huge changes like change my diet overnight but it’s very difficult to make such big changes so quickly. So yes, it really takes small, baby steps, for permanent weight loss success. For example replacing your lunch time soda with a bottle of water. This is easy to stick to and get used to.

    1. I think that too many drastic changes at one time is a recipe for disaster for some people.

  3. Great step by step. This is a great recipe to follow no matter what you want to succeed at!

  4. Love it all!! Thanks for the motivation!

    1. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by!