Back in 2003, I was a proud momma of a 1 year old baby girl and a 4 year old little boy. Although I was completely in love with my little bundles of joy, I was not completely in love with my extra weight that was still hanging on to me one year after giving birth. I was completely disgusted with myself and lack of discipline. Have you been there?Can you relate?
I ventured out to find a program that would work for me, helping me to curb my appetite for sweet treats and carbs that were my fix.
I desperately wanted to feel better about my body and size and get healthy. I wanted to set an example for my children, but I just completely lacked any effort to do so.
So when I heard about a friend whose mom was on a program that eliminated white refined sugar and flour I was ready and desperate to try it. But this time was so different then other times of wanting to lose weight.
My daughters birth really triggered something in me I just can't even explain. Losing weight was no longer just about me and my personal desires to fit into my older, smaller sized jeans, it was seeing my daughter as a mini version of myself . Her future motivated me!
What would become of her If I continued on this self destructive path? Would she become just like me in her eating patterns? And the more and more I thought about this, it horrified me and fueled a desire for change I never would have thought was there. I didn't want to see my daughter follow the pattern of self LOATHING and lack of discipline. I was not going to allow her to grow up watching me complain about my weight yet continue to see me plunge my hand into a cellophane bag or boxed sugary treat. This pattern was going to stop with me!
Finding my motivation was the key that finally turned this yo-yo dieting cycle to a screeching halt. Everyone needs to have something that triggers a reaction, a response that pumps you and pushes you forward to be better.
What is it for you?
Everyone's motivation factor will of course, be different, but I use mine as an example to spark your own if you are still in the place of uncertainty.
Maybe just fitting into your skinny jeans is enough for you to truly make lasting change.
Maybe your motivation has not happened because nothing negative has come from your being overweight. I promise you this, there will be a time that changes as well. Being overweight does not happen overnight, it is continuum of bad habits that cause that creeping weight gain over time. We've all seen the Biggest Loser participants haven't we?
So I ask you, have you found your motivation to begin your weight loss journey?
Please leave a comment if you have.
Reading about others successful weight loss is very motivating and will inspire you!