Ever had that horrible feeling you were stuck in a rut? That feeling that you were just doing the same old thing you’ve always done, but nothing seems to be changing?
That’s kind of where I’m at right now, and I know some others are as well due to conversations I’ve had on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I don’t know if it’s the post-winter blues, spring fever, the pre-summer funk or what. I DO know it really seems to be affecting a lot of us.
I think one thing that’s been contributing to it for me lately is losing my focus that I CAN actually do this. When one has a lot of weight to lose, it can be so easy to get bogged down by the grind of being on this journey day in and day out for months (or sometimes years), especially when the end isn’t even in sight yet. It can be daunting!
When I first started on my journey, people at work, friends, etc. started commenting about my weigh loss when I hit around 20 pounds lost. After a while though, as I continued my journey, the compliments sort of died down and I was just left with my own journey again. Thankfully (I think), no one said anything when I gained a lot of it back. Of course, in retrospect, maybe it would have been better if they had said something because it might have gotten me back on track that much sooner. Anyway, that’s all water under the bring at this point. Now that I’m back to lose again and have dropped over 20 pounds again, I thought someone might say something by now, but not a word. Perhaps they are one-bitten, twice shy and don’t want to say anything in case I don’t stick with it. Without that feedback, it definitely makes it more difficult to stay motivated when it seems no one is cheering on your efforts.
So, when you are faced with that dilemma, how do you motivate yourself? Do you become your own cheerleader and try to inspire yourself to stick with your journey? Do you have friends who help hold your accountable?
One of the ways I try and help motivate myself to stick with it is by reading the blogs of others who have successfully lost a LOT of weight. Knowing that someone else out there not only lost a bunch of weight, but is also keeping it off, helps me recognize that I CAN do this, I just have to WANT to do it.
Here are just a VERY few of those bloggers that inspire me. They’ve all lost a LOT of weight and have all encouraged me on my own journey. I’m sure I’m leaving someone out who is wildly inspirational, but I’m working on this at nearly 1am, so please forgive my omissions.
Do you have some favorite bloggers who really inspire you? Share them with us in the comments. Please remember to include their URL so we can check them out, too!
Photo from Flickr album of the Library of Congress circa 1939, no known copyright.
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