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A couple of weeks ago I asked for your favorite quotes or best advice you've gotten with regards to your weight loss and/or fitness journey. I was overwhelmed with responses, and am so happy to share them here. We can all learn from each other, and I've certainly learned a lot just by reading the responses as they come in. This is part 3 of 3. You can see part 1 here and part 2 here.
PROGRESS, not Perfection
It's my motto. In weight loss, and in life.
This quote helped me with eating beyond the point where I'm satisfied. It's from my hypnotherapist: “Either the trash can gets bigger, or you do!”
Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels!
My coach recently reminded me… again.. that I didn't get this way last week, so It's going to take longer than a week to lose the weight.
He also has encouraged me that instead of setting the huge goal so for small ones. So I'm working away at 25lb goals.
it's helped to keep me focused and not so manic about all I have to do.
It's about progress, not perfection.
Yes, it's hard. It's hard to count calories. It's hard to exercise. It's hard to make healthy choices and change your behavior.
It's also hard to be overweight and unhappy.
Choose which hard you can live with.
It's a popular one, but as an emotional eater it really resonates with me…
“If hunger isn't the problem, then eating isn't the solution.”
“Failing for a few days isn’t quitting. Failing is not starting again today.”
This is from Tyler over at 344pounds.com. It came from this post: http://www.344pounds.com/2010/07/a-few-bad-days-out-of-hundreds/
I found it very inspiring and have referred back to it often.
“Being heart healthy is great but let's be honest. The only reason we are doing this is because Prada doesn't come in plus sizes.”
That little diddy was coined the day I stopped lying to myself as to why I started this journey in the first place. So now whenever I feel tempted to go off my plan I remind myself, “Prada doesn't come in plus sizes!”
“Stop obsessing about weight and start focusing on health.”
As soon as you do that, everything becomes a bit easier. Foods stop being things that affect the number on the scale and start being things that affect how you feel. Cake stops being something that might add a pound and starts being something that's going to cause a sugar crash, bloating and a general blah feeling. Ditto with fried, fatty and other “bad” foods. After a while, you start realizing HOW foods affect how you feel and you want to eat foods that make you feel great.
Trying to diet and focusing just on weight feels like you're always depriving yourself and it's easy to get frustrated with yourself, even when you've eaten well and exercised, if the scales don't reflect your work. Focusing on fueling your body with the nutrients it needs feels like you're taking care of yourself and is a far more positive thing. And you're less likely to get down on yourself because if you're eating well and exercise, chances are you'll be feeling good – which is what you're focused on!
“Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.” – Henry Ford
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post, as well as the other 2 with peoples advice. I love hearing others perspectives on weight loss and fitness. Do any of these stand out to you?