Sometimes dieting and exercise can feel like spinning our wheels. We may feel as if we are running in circles and not getting anywhere. But if there is consistency in a weight loss plan and exercise regime you are getting somewhere. Once we begin to feel as if we are no longer making progress, it will become difficult to stick to what is needed to reach our long-term goals. This is what leads to failure. Therefore, if you feel as if you are simply spinning your wheels it is time to monitor your progress by keeping record. This will provide cold hard un-deniable facts of actual achievements towards the long-term goal.
Sadly, even if we do form habits that allow us to monitor our successes, we may reach a point where we forget to jot down what we have achieved. Weight loss is about much more than losing weight. It’s about being healthier and enjoying increased self-esteem. Therefore, it is paramount to our future success that we monitor our achievements so that we can continue to find the motivation we need to reach our goal.
Monitoring our weight loss successes is extremely important because we cannot allow our daily routines to keep us from positive affirmation. The best way your kids understand that they are doing a good job is by positive affirmations they receive from you. That is true for us as well. If we take the time to make statements to cheer up our family and friends, we should take the time to say positive things to ourselves as well.
It isn’t often that most of us take the time to pat ourselves on the back. But the truth is what is being accomplished right now through a healthy weight loss plan is helping us to live longer, be healthier, and ultimately be happier. These are just additional reasons why we should be encouraged to monitor our successes and achievements along the way. Weight loss can be very difficult. If we do not take the time to reward ourselves for successes we are not making use of one of the most beneficial weight loss tools. That tool is good peace of mind. If you do not take the time to monitor what is happening in your weight loss plan important steps will be missed. It doesn’t matter how small the successes may be. They tell me to be monitored because these little successes are what contribute to the long-term goal. Reminding ourselves of obstacles we have overcome is what each of us needs to stay on the right track.
Don’t be concerned with how much time you have to between these successes. Additionally, the successes may be achieved that may have gone unnoticed. For instance, perhaps no pounds have been lost in quite while. But you feel increased energy. That is worth celebrating.
Our victories are important and deserve validation. Create a chart, keep a journal, but always look back to where you were when you started. We can even learn from failures as long as we learn from our mistakes and do not come down on ourselves too harshly.