To Compare or Not to Compare

If you’re on Instagram and following a variety of health/weight loss accounts, then you’re probably already aware of a lot of weekly posting rituals.  You’ve got the #mondaymotivation, #transformationtuesday, #wcw, #throwbackthursday, #flashbackfriday, #selfiesaturday.  A lot of it appears to be around the idea of posting a photo of yourself and many of them comparison photos.

In the past few months, I have had multiple people criticize the concept of the side-by-side comparison.  One person told me it was a reason they quit Weight Watchers®, others have announced they would unfollow your account if you posted any before/after (or then/now) photos, and many have moved towards an effort to try and get people to stop looking back, appreciate where you are right now and in the present moment.

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Motivation vs. Focus

I recently received this question through my website: Have you ever lost motivation and, if so, how did you get it back?

I had to really think about how to answer that question.  And then it just hit me.  I don’t think that I have ever lost my motivation; however, I have most certainly lost my FOCUS.  Does that make sense?

I feel like my motivation and desire to continue to lose weight is there.  It’s never gone away.  But my FOCUS on how to get me to where I want to be has most certainly waned here and there throughout my journey.  And, in fact, every since March, my focus has NOT been on point at all.

I am happy to say that I’ve recently been able to get it together and get myself refocused.  When I thought about what happened to get me to refocus and get back on track, I realized it was a compound effect of all of the following things…

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How to Get Motivated Again When You Feel Stuck

For the last few months, I’ve felt stuck in my weight loss journey. I think it all started in September when I got injured after the Disney Half Marathon (which was followed by Conquer the Bridge and then a basketball tournament in Las Vegas). I was diagnosed with tendinosis (chronic tendinitis) in my right leg. An injury I got from a lack of proper and consistent training for my significant activities in September and general overuse.

In October, I focused on my food instead. And despite having a week-long work trip in Washington, D.C., I lost 14.2lbs just focusing on my food!

But then November and December hit. I managed to maintain, which is good. I was going to physical therapy and taking a break from basketball and much of my regular exercise routines.

I thought January would be a reset. New Year, New Me, right? WRONG.

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Seven Days of Why — DAY #7

DAY 7. Because this is who I am.

I remember early on in my weight loss journey at WeightWatchers, I overheard some members talk about being Lifetime members that weren’t at goal. That this was just what they did. I knew at that very moment, this was my life. I could decide if I wanted to pay for it or get it for free. But that there was no quitting or walking away. I was in it for life.WeightWatchers has changed me and it’s made me into who I am today. It’s my Saturday mornings. It’s my WW family. It’s my amazing leader and good friend. It’s looking up and tracking my food every single day. It’s tracking no matter what. It’s eating a balance of healthy foods and indulgences. It’s working out and trying out new activities.

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Seven Days of Why — DAY #6

7-days-of-why-day-6DAY 6. As we near the end of this Seven Days of Why Challenge, I have to say, it’s been a struggle to find reasons why. Many of the WHY’s I have shared are why’s that got me in the door and I, like some others have shared, am struggling to find the WHY that’s going to help me get to goal. Sometimes I wonder if I would be okay where I’m at. And then, I just know. I’m not.

My friend and WeightWatchers® leader, Jocelyn, posed these thought-provoking questions to me.

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