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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I am super excited to share that WeightWatchers® has invited me to be a part of their Ambassador program! 😆😍

I recommitted myself to my weight loss journey with WeightWatchers® in 2012.  I am still on my way to goal, but it has certainly been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I am thrilled to continue to share my journey in hopes that it may help others in some way!

You might be wondering exactly what a WW Ambassador is and what it entails, so here’s the scoop…

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I’m Not Weak. I’m Smart.

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to chat with my WeightWatchers® leader, Jocelyn.  I shared with her that I’ve been feeling stuck lately.  I have really been struggling to get beyond my 95lb milestone.

I shared with her that for the past few weeks, I’ve been sabotaging myself on Friday nights for no apparent reason. I come home and I’m on the hunt for anything and everything to eat. And, I find my way to the fiesta size bag of Mission tortilla chips that I always have in my house. And 90% of the time, I manage any temptations to over-indulge and binge on them. The problem is, when I do have those temptations to binge, they’re there. (And hallelujah if there’s also a block of cheese or salsa in the house too!)

For months (and, more accurately, probably years!), she has encouraged me to not buy the tortilla chips.  Every time she told me this…

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Seven Days of Why — DAY #2

7-days-of-why-day-2Another WHY for me is the 3 women in my life that have had the biggest impact, which would be my grandmother, my mother, and my favorite auntie Carol (my father’s sister). These women all have a very special place in my heart and they each, individually, contribute to my WHY.

MY GRANDMOTHER – My grandmother has always been a source of pain for me when it comes to my weight, because she was so critical of me at my heaviest. Through some counseling, I realized that a lot of her criticism came from fear. She had to bury her youngest son at the age of 36 (my current age). I couldn’t even imagine. When I realized this, I vowed to work my ass off to make her proud of me and not have to worry or stress about me or my health.

MY MOTHER – Along with above, I also never want my mom to have to bury her child.

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