Attitude Is Everything When It Comes To Weight Loss

Do you have days where you doubt you’ll ever lose the weight?

I’m 113 lbs. away from my goal weight. Yes, I know I’ll hit it. But it ain’t easy. No matter how great a day or week I’ve had, just one little bump in the road and the voice of doubt burrows itself deep in my head.

Well forget that! I’m now my own weight loss cheerleader, dagnabbit!

That doesn’t mean I’m going to start looking in a mirror saying “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”

Nope. That ain’t my style.

I decided to start creating spaces in my home to give me the encouragement when times get tough. Just little reminders of how far I’ve come and what I can do when I put my mind to it.

A work in progress, my little cork board keeps me focused on my goals and reminds me of my successes.

A work in progress, my little cork board keeps me focused on my goals and reminds me of my successes.

Home Office Decor
My home office was the first to feel my craft wrath.  I spend a lot of time in this room creating weekly menus, working out to DVDs and writing my blog.

To keep it simple, my hubby put up a cork board for me. Using my finest kindergarten skills, I’m decorating the board with little motivational touches – quotes, goals, milestones and photos. It’s a work in progress, but then again, so am I.

Kitchen Rewards
I added a reward jar in my kitchen. Every time I workout, I’m adding $1 to the jar. Each quarter I’ll use that money for a healthy treat – a new workout outfit, new music for my mp3 player, or a massage. Just something simple to help me celebrate my success.

In addition to the jar, I took down a lot of old papers posted on our refrigerator door. Front and center is a before and after photo of me. A great reminder of how far I’ve come each time I open the fridge door.

The List
Finally, I put pen to paper and made a list of the bennies of getting back into shape that I’ll carry with me. Each time I find the seed of doubt creeping in, I’ll pull the list out to motivate me. My list includes:

  • Endless energy
  • Increased physical comfort
  • Self-confidence
  • No meds!
  • Able to do Tough Mudder

Bottom line: It’s up to me to reach my goal weight. Keeping a positive attitude is key.  Everyday that little voice always gives me reasons why I can’t. Well, now I’m giving myself the tools to shut that little voice up.

Everyday Beauty

Ah! Warm golden brown hair courtesy of Garnier; seductive pink lipstick by Loreal; and Khaki Blue eyeshadow provided by Estee Lauder.

Warm golden brown hair courtesy of Garnier; seductive pink lipstick by Loreal; Khaki Blue eyeshadow provided by Estee Lauder; and necklace supplied by Lane Bryant.

Yesterday I decided to do some low-budget pampering.  I’ve lost weight, but other than buying new clothes (required!) I really haven’t focused on my appearance. I’d just put my hair up in a pony tail and head out the door. I’m still on my sabbatical from work so I don’t feel the need to dress up just because I’m leaving the house. And if I’m being honest, I really did the bare minimum for work.

Well now it seems that I’m having a change of heart. I feel great about myself and all the work I’ve done the last year.  But I’m starting to get a little miffed at myself for being too low maintenance when it comes to how I look.

I think I never really bothered with it before because I worried about how an outfit looked on my frame. Did it fit was more important than does it flatter my figure. Perhaps I’m now feeling great about myself and I just want it to project it on the outside.

I started with a quick little inventory.

  • Shoes – 2 pairs of flip-flops and a pair of Nikes.  How sad.
  • Make-up: 3 lipsticks, blue eye shadow, no blush.
  • Hair: A ton of gray that needed to go.
  • Nails: All of my acrylic nails had popped off except for my right thumb nail. Wow, stay classy Dot!
  • Skin: Dry as hell.
  • Jewelry: Have a ton…so why not wear some?
  • Purses: 1

So yesterday I took care of those nasty grey hairs, gave myself a damn fine manicure, lotioned up, and made do with the little make up I own.

My new philosophy: Make everyday a day of beauty!