Words have a tremendous effect on me – good and bad. And over the last several months, I have done my best to use only encouraging and loving words even with myself.
A few weeks ago, I really needed to get back into my happy, weight shedding groove, and I used words to remind myself to do what I knew I should do. And it worked! I weigh-in on Thursdays, and I needed to remind myself that I want to step on the scale with confidence not excuses.
So I went to Barnes & Noble, picked out the cutest notepad I could find and wrote what I wanted to remember throughout the week. I needed to remind myself that I want to weigh less on Thursdays when I step on the scale…so I bought a Vera Bradley notepad, and taped a reminder to the kitchen cabinet that contains all kinds of snacks. It reminds me that I can and should say no to myself sometimes.
Then I taped a brilliant message I read earlier in the week on my refrigerator. “Don’t think about the limitations; think about the possibilities.” It seems like something we should all do by default, but during those moments that I wish I could eat regular ice cream as opposed to half a cup of low-fat ice cream or sit on the sofa with a bag of chips instead of counting out 16 and logging 3 points in my food journal, I remind myself how incredible the results have been so far. And I think about the things I’ll be able to enjoy because of the work I’m putting into making myself healthy now.
I am doing my best because I want to live longer, feel prettier, dance without feeling self-conscious, jog in Central Park on a Sunday afternoon in the Spring, ride my bike along the Hudson River, ice skate near my office because people look so happy when they’re doing it. I want to wear Armani jeans, look amazing in my wedding dress (you know, when it’s time to get married and all) and wear knee length boots. I want to sit in a theater seat on Broadway or at a Yankees game – and have extra room in my seat. I want to sit on an airplane without worrying that I might crowd the person next to me, and I want to wear a bathing suit that I can feel confident in when I’m on amazing vacations…:)
I’m so blessed already, but if I keep eating well and exercising, it will keep getting better. And the results are definitely worth more than ice cream or Oreos or laying around instead of doing cardio for 30 minutes.
Life is good. And I am making a conscious effort to see it and remember it that way even on those days that I feel lazy or hungry for junk food or just bored. Because I have no intention of letting what I want for a fleeting moment keep me from reaching a goal that will help me live life to the fullest.
What keeps you motivated? Am I the only one who gives myself pep talks on a regular basis? 🙂