I recently reached a big milestone in my weight loss journey. I lost 10% of my original starting weight since I joined Weight Watchers. A big achievement indeed, and made possible through a lot of work on my diet, planning, and exercise. But this achievement has some nervousness attached to it as well. It is because I have reached this weight milestone before, a few times, and each time I fell off the wagon and went back to where I was. So as I make this achievement again, I am scared that history will repeat itself and I will, again, revert back to where I was. So what do I do to keep myself motivated and moving forward?
First, it is important to celebrate the achievement. It is a true accomplishment, but my pitfall is that I never stop celebrating. I take a long extended pause from the program and then get discouraged when I put a little weight back on and then give up entirely, frustrated at the futility of it all. So while celebrating achievement is wonderful, it is a milestone, not the end of the journey. Part of making this stick is to set up and commit to my next goal. I already have set up that goal and now I need to track and perform towards that to blow past this repeated achievement to achieve something that I haven’t done before.
There is also the emotional self-fulfilling prophecy when I put on a pair of smaller jeans or shirts and I look at myself in the mirror and am convinced that I should relish this moment, because it will go away. I buy those jeans and shirts as “goal” clothes, anticipating the day where they fit well and I can look at myself in them and be proud. But, again, that is just one goal and I need to go out and get the next set of “goal” clothes and keep the progress moving forward and keep the momentum going forward. Entering into the end of the year with Christmas and New Year’s will make this an even bigger challenge, but it is also something that I can use to prove to myself that my determination will not be stunted.
And so what if I achieved this before? The reaction that people have had seeing me after a couple of months has been wonderful. “Wow! You look great!” “You look so awesome!” “Look at you!” These are all things I have heard this week, and I tell myself deep down, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”