It’s Week 11 of the first 2018 Low Carb Challenge, so we’re nearing the end and gearing up for a FUN spring challenge starting in mid April!
Note: You’ll find the Week Ten Weigh In inside the Facebook Challenge Group, or you can comment here on this post if you’re not participating in our Facebook group.
You’ll just regret it!
If you find yourself saying things like: I’ll start tomorrow, there’s always next week, I’m almost ready, I blew it so what’s the point, I just don’t have the willpower, etc, etc etc…
Stop giving up, stop starting over, stop quitting on yourself, and STOP putting off what you KNOW you want.
Every day you wait, every bad choice, and every excuse you make for yourself just makes you feel worse. It makes you have less confidence and less willpower.
Each of those things turn into a REGRET… and regrets suck.
Plus it just makes it take longer to get where you want to be in your life, and to turn into WHO you want to be.
So just cut it out already, and MAKE your life awesome! It won’t happen with one choice or in one day. Nothing does, good or bad. It’s all the little choices we make one hour after the other that shape us into who we are – or who we want to be.
You’re not just “shaping your body” with every decision you make (or don’t make). You’re also shaping your mindset. You either turn yourself into a more confident, happier person with more motivation & willpower… or you continue allowing yourself to be a less confident, unhappy and unmotivated person.
A few weeks from now you will either be SO GLAD you made the choices you did, or you will be full of REGRETS for the choices you made. The same goes for a few months from now, and a few years from now.
Take a moment to think forward, and decide how you want to look and feel 90 days from now… The same? Better? Worse? It’s totally up to you!
There’s no sense waiting or dragging it out.
You aren’t doing yourself any favors at all with that.
When you do get serious about your weight loss goals, and make that a priority – you’ll look back and ask yourself: “Why didn’t I do this sooner?!” …because the results feel AMAZING.
I can’t even put into words what THIS feels like for ME:
Do you know how long that took me?!
Too long. 😛 (YEARS!)
I got stuck on the “dieting roller coaster” of self-sabotage, giving in, giving up, getting mad, getting back on track, falling back off track.
It was nonstop on/off in/out and it was totally maddening. It was consuming, whether I was high or low. It’s all I thought about – and it got OLD.
I finally got sick of being all wrapped up in my head about it, day in and day out. It can really suck you down the rabbit hole.
So one day I just decided to QUIT. I didn’t quit eating low carb or quit on my goals, I quit making it so HARD. Because the truth is: it isn’t. We tend to make it harder than it should be, but I discovered that’s all so unnecessary.
One day out of the blue I just let it go, took a deep breath, and decided to LIVE MY LIFE. I woke up every day and chose to eat low carb for my health, and for my mental well being. I got more active, with a focus on having FUN instead of “exercising to lose weight.”
Dieting sucks. It’s consuming, and you can get seriously obsessive about it. The day I stopped doing that was SO liberating! And guess what? The days turned into weeks that turned into months – and the results have been SO much better since then!
Plus I’m not driving myself totally batty all day every day anymore.:)
What Do You Do When You Reach Your Goal?
I get asked this all the time. I have not actually reached my own goal yet.
I weigh less than my original “weight loss goal” but I’ve weighed less than this (by about 5 pounds last winter). Not now or then did I ever consider myself “done” – or consider going back to my old lifestyle. I’m enjoying the “New Me” way too much!!
I still track my macros consistently and I pay attention to food quality and ingredients. It’s become second nature for me at this point. I’m aware when I’m being too sedentary or getting too complacent. My overall health and quality of life have become a PRIORITY, and it’s something I’m constantly improving.
You’ll discover that your weight loss goals turn into more of a health journey in the long run. You’ll change from someone who needs to lose weight, to someone who enjoys being and feeling healthy – and you’ll DESIRE anything that contributes to that feeling!
You’ll also discover that number on the scale that you give so much power and control… is not the bottom line. You can be “skinny fat” or lean and out of shape. You can have more muscle and less body fat and actually weigh a little more.
I still have some body fat to lose, but I also have a lot of toning and strengthening to do. Throughout my own weight loss journey I’ve lost fat, gained muscle, lost muscle tone, and seen myself at the same weight but a totally different size and body composition. It’s quite eye opening!
I don’t think you ever really reach your goal. You simply transform into someone with a totally different mindset, and on ongoing goal of being your happiest healthiest self. 🙂
I’m not done yet!
While I can pull off a great photo (with Spanx on! lol) and I am VERY proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far – and for sticking with it – I am nowhere near done. I still have so much I want to accomplish, and so many ways I want to improve myself and my health – and my overall body composition.
I feel SO good about taking control of my health & weight loss, and finally getting over the hump with tough stuff like emotional overeating and binge eating. I love the person I have become… so far.
I wrote this for me, as much as you.
I wrote this as much FROM my personal experience so far, as I did FOR myself where I am in my own weight loss journey at the moment.
I’m somewhere between looking back and looking forward. I’m still working on practicing self-love and self-acceptance every single day. I’m still working toward being my healthiest, leanest, strongest self. I’m still working through regrets for not getting back to my workouts…
Right now I’m coming out of a “comfortable phase” where I did find myself getting a little too complacent again. I caught myself though, and decided to get seriously refocused on my overall health – and also get back to my toning & core strength goals. (I want to feel STRONG inside and out!)
In my next post I’ll give you some things to consider (and test/try!) if you are not losing weight, or seem to be struggling with any real weight loss progress – because that’s MY issue lately, so I’ll share how I’m dealing with it, and what I’m doing about it.
Keep an eye out for that, and make sure you’re signed up by email so you’ll get it right in your inbox as soon as it’s published. 😉
In the meantime, read this next: Weight Loss Motivation: Staying on Track & Sticking to Your Goals -or read it again, if you have already!;)
How are things going with you this week?
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Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)
I really hope something in this note spoke to you today, depending on where you are with your goals and what you need most to get to the next rung on your own ladder. We’re all at our own place, but we’re in this together… *cheers*
p.s. The Low Carb Waffle Recipe I shared a few days ago also makes DELICIOUS low carb muffins and pancakes. 😉
You can use ANY nut butter in this recipe, but the best I’ve tried so far are the delicious flavored nut butters from Legendary Foods. Specifically: Apple Pie, Blueberry Cinnamon Bun and Pecan Pie Almond Butter. See Legendary Foods and use code LOWCARBTRAVELER for our special discount. ENJOY!
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