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Nutrisystem Week 53 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: -2.6 Total Weight Loss: -161.0
My Nutrisystem Journey:
Wow what a big response I got to my personal story on Nutrisystem, thank you, everyone, who sent me messages or reached out to wish me more success. Hearing all of your messages have really helped me to stay motivated and continue my journey of weight loss. I never really set out to do this to help others or be an inspiration but I’m beyond humbled to hear that my story has helped others get started on their own personal journeys or helps you continue to stay motivated on your current journeys. I love hearing about the success that others have achieved so please feel free to comment on any of my social media or blog posts to let me know how you are doing with your healthy living goals. It’s inspiring to me and helps me know that I’m not alone on this journey to better health.
So this week I found myself in what I like to call the winter blues slump. It’s been super cold here for a couple of weeks now meaning it’s hard to get outside or even leave the house. In fact, there were a few days the news reporters were encouraging people to not get out unless you had to due to wind chills. So being stuck indoors a lot, it’s the time of year that there aren’t a lot of activities going on now that the holidays are done, and it’s just a miserable time of year for me. Finding motivation to stick to my New Years resolutions have been a little tough. Obviously, my New Years resolutions centered around weight loss and continuing to lose weight. I want to be close to my goal weight this time next year. I also set a goal for myself to exercise. I have never really been one to exercise on a regular basis, in fact, I really dislike exercising. However, to help me lose weight and be healthy I wanted to change that. So I started a walking program. My goal is to walk every day, use my stationary bike daily, and add in fitness classes like yoga, water aerobics, and others along the way.
I am finding with my negative attitude about winter I’m lacking in motivation to go out and do my exercise though. I tend to give up on my resolutions pretty early in January every year. With the success, I had with last year’s resolution though I am determined to make this one work too. So I spent some time finding some tips and asking friends how they stay successful when it comes to their New Years resolutions. I wanted to find some ways to keep myself motivated for the entire year so I can be successful with both of my resolutions.
Tips & Tricks:
When it comes to changing habits we tend to rush in and change everything all at once leaving us a bit overwhelmed. So I’ve learned it’s better to start small and work your way up. Change one habit at a time rather than everything all at once. I am doing this with my exercise. I have started with walking and stationary biking each day. I started out with 15 minutes 6 days a week. I have gradually increased that to 20 minutes now. My hope though is by the end of the year to be up to an hour of walking and biking each day. I also plan to add in yoga and water aerobics over time. It has given me enough time to get used to the changes and it doesn’t seem so overwhelming at first.
It’s not easy to make big changes to your routine. I find it helpful to ask friends and family for support. My daughter has graciously volunteered to go walking with me each day so I have someone to talk to and keep me motivated. I also have plans to recruit a friend for yoga and water aerobics classes when the time comes to add those in. Have someone support you in the process helps hold you accountable and keep you motivated.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up:
If you mess up then just get back on track. No one is perfect! As much as I try to be I am not going to get through this year perfectly without a mistake or two. In fact, I already had a few days where I skipped walking and biking. So just pick up where you left off the next day. As long as you keep working on it you are not failing. I keep reminding myself that there will be bumps in the road but they do not have to be the end of my progress.
I hope these help you stick to your resolutions no matter what they are. Comment below and let me know what your tips and tricks are to sticking to your resolutions, I’d love to hear them!
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