Last night, I didn’t over eat. We went out to dinner and I ordered something small because I wasn’t that hungry. I had weekly points left that I didn’t use. That’s a small victory for me because I didn’t eat for the wrong reasons. I used to have a feast Tuesday night with all my unused weekly points, and I’m finally changing that habit.
This morning, I ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes without stopping. I could have said “It was only 15 minutes” or “It was only at speed 5.0.” Instead, I am CHOOSING to think of it as a small victory! I DIDN’T STOP for 15 minutes! I got out of bed early, even after I didn’t get enough sleep. I was running late but did it anyway.
The scale does not always reflect our efforts. I know that I did really well this week, but my weigh in showed a gain of .2. I had a big lunch and maybe more sodium than normal. Who knows. The point is… I am not letting the scale control my outlook. I know I am doing the right things. If I didn’t celebrate my small victories and relied ONLY on the scale as my measure of success, I could have been crushed last night to see a gain when I expected a loss. Instead, I just said “oh well, bigger loss next week when my body catches up.” That’s a small victory too because it is really hard NOT to be ruled by that number on the scale.
Focus on treating yourself as you would treat a friend. Celebrate every small change and every small victory. It’s amazing what the power of positive thinking can do for your weight loss. Remind yourself you CAN do it. Remember that you are worth it. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small. Brag a little bit!! What are YOUR small victories?