Three Secret Sentences Helped Me Lose 90 plus lbs and KEEP IT OFF

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

I've lost a fair amount of weight and kept it off. I'm now a person I only ever dreamed of being. A happier, healthier, more successful version of my old self.

People ask me all the time what my secret is. I could write an entire book about the habits I've changed, the steps I've taken, and how I've kept motivation (and how I felt when I didn't). But really, my whole weight loss journey can be summed up in three very meaningful "Secret" sentences.

I live by them.

I have them written down and posted in several places so I'll see them when I need to.

In my cubicle at work

In my bathroom at home

Under the sun visor of my car

They have become my mantras. I say them to myself whenever I'm having a weak moment or when I'm asking myself why I'm still bothering with a healthy lifestyle.

I wish someone had said them to me years and years ago. Maybe I wouldn't have gotten so heavy and had such a big journey to make.

So, I'd like to share them with you. I hope you breathe them in, absorb them, and live by them, and they help you as much as they've helped me.

1. If hunger is not the problem, then eating is NOT the solution.

Read it again. Think about all the times you eat when you aren't hungry. Figure out why you do, and remind yourself of this sentence whenever you find yourself thinking about eating when you know you aren't (or shouldn't be) hungry. This will help back you away from the refrigerator/pantry every time.

2. A goal without a plan is called a WISH. Make a plan.

"I want to lose weight." "I want to feel better." "I want to look good in a bikini." "I don't want to be the fattest mom at school."

Really? Well, then HOW are you going to do it? Plan it out, write it down, hold yourself accountable, or find others who will hold you accountable to it. If you don't, you're going to find yourself this time next year saying to yourself "I wish I would have..." "I wish I could have..." etc. Do you want to be the same person you are right now this time next year? Do you want to feel the same way about yourself that you do right now this time next year? No? Then make a plan and do something about it.

3. Defeat is temporary. Giving up is permanent.

That's right folks. Until you give up, you haven't failed. This one is particularily powerful after a slip-up, off plan kind of moment. So you went off plan. So you didn't get to the gym yesterday, didn't run as far or as fast as you'd set out to. So you gorged yourself on chocolate cake or went all out at a buffet. So what? Have you given up on yourself? Then guess what, you're still winning and you haven't failed. You had a setback you can learn from. Don't give up on yourself. Instead, use this statement to get back on the wagon. You can do it. You are worth it. If you don't quit on yourself, you will succeed.

I hope these "secret" sentences help someone achieve their goals or put their journey in perspective as much as they've helped me.

Keep on Sparkin

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