Losing weight can sometimes feel like a long hard slog.
Some weeks you do a great job. You work hard. Eat well. Exercise and then you step on the scales only to get what feels like a slap in the face. The scales have barely gone done or worse still they’ve gone up. You feel like giving up.
All that hard work for nothing.
Well I’m here to tell you that all that hard work wasn’t for nothing.
Learn to celebrate the small wins.
What about all the wins you had during the week that made you feel great when you did them. Are you taking the time to recognise and reward yourself for those on your weight loss journey?
Over the many years I’ve worked with woman wanting to lose weight I’ve found too often they focus on the scales and they forget to celebrate the mindset and behaviour changes they’ve made as they progress on their journey.
They get so fixated on a number on the scales that they lose sight of the positive changes they’ve made, no matter how small. It may be they drank less alcohol on the weekend than usual, they didn’t eat chips with their meal when they went out to dinner, they completed all of their scheduled workouts for the week, they didn’t stop at the servo for a late night snack, the list goes on.
When you celebrate the small wins along your journey, you experience positive emotions, you start feeling better about yourself and who you are as a person. You gain confidence and motivation that you can do this and be the person you want to become.
On the other hand when you stay stuck in the negative emotions of not being good enough and not losing the weight you wanted, you stay stuck where you are. You aren’t moving forwards and it’s less likely you are going to achieve that big goal you have set for yourself.
So when was the last time you gave yourself credit for all the small wins you’ve made on your weight loss journey?
To help you get started here’s my suggestion for how to celebrate those small wins each and every day.
- Journal Your Wins – Some of you may want to do this every day and others just once a week. Either way I recommend you get out your planner and schedule in a time to for you to sit and reflect on the wins you have had on your journey. Sit and think about your day. What did you do well? How could you feel good about what you’ve achieved today? What small steps did you make that are moving you forwards towards your goal? You can even set up a reminder in your iphone to come up at the end of the day or week to ensure you spend some time reflecting on your wins.
- Feel Your Wins– Once you’ve written down your wins, take some time to sit and connect to the feelings you have about what you have achieved. Feel the pride, enthusiasm, confidence and any other emotions that come up for you and connect you to the person you are becoming.
- Share Your Wins – Lastly take some time to share and celebrate your wins with your family and friends. When you take the time to share your success with others you gain enthusiasm and you feel better about your life. Often we don’t share our successes because we are worried about what others will think of us. The truth is your true friends (which are the only type worth having) will be genuinely happy, proud and supportive of you. If however you are looking for a safe place to share your wins then feel free to come and join my private Facebook Group here where you can find support from other like minded woman.
So there you have it, make sure you take the time to journal, feel and share all the small things you have achieved on your weight loss journey. It will help build your confidence and motivation to keep going to become the person you want to be.
In the comments below I’d love to hear one thing you have achieved lately (no matter how small) on your weight loss journey.
Wishing you all the best on your journey to lose weight and find freedom around food.
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