Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tips for Tuesday: Positive Thinking

It was a beautiful summer morning! Not too many of those left for us, so I am enjoying them while I can.

Fresh picked flowers from my garden this morning!
Last week, I started sharing "Tips for Tuesday". I received some positive feedback on it, so I wanted to give it another shot for you today.

As you may know, I am very familiar with the word plateau when it is used in the context of weight loss. I have lost about 35 pounds, and have been stuck around that number for over a year. I go down, then up, then down again. Minor fluctuations, but no steady loss. This can be seriously frustrating. One way that I cope with this frustration is to think positively.

Positive thinking is a huge key in losing weight. One of the very first steps to losing weight, in my opinion, is to believe that you can do it! Positive thinking has helped me to think of this plateau in a more positive light. Instead of feeling bad about this challenge of being in a plateau, I'm trying to look at it as an accomplishment. Instead of referring to it as a plateau, I try to refer to it is "maintaining" my weight loss. When you start to think positively, even your greatest challenges may seem like accomplishments!

Last week, I shared the tip of keeping your goals in mind. Since then, I have been sharing my August goals with you in each post.

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (4.5 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Sunday & Monday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Monday & Tuesday done!)

Tonight, I am scheduled to run. I must admit that I have been dreading my runs lately. It's all mental. Once I am running, it feels right. It's just hard to get started. It's going to be extra hard to get started tonight because I've got a busy evening. I will get home from work at 6:00 tonight. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law are coming over for a movie night at 7:00 p.m. That gives me an hour to run, shower, make dinner and hopefully eat before they get there. It would be so much easier to not worry about running, but I've pushed that on to the back burner way too many times this summer.

With my 5K only 4 days away, I owe it to myself to fit this run in tonight!


  1. Its hard..I have been maintaining this weight for about 5 months now..I have 30 more pounds to go..this is my goal..my dr is ok with it..I WANT it..but I push thing aside because of my schedule. I totally get that. So lately I just take some time for me..walk ( I just started the couch to 5K) and just do it. Hopefully it will kick in!! :) And you are doing an amazing job!!!

  2. Great job not pushing your run out of the way :)

  3. I keep a Pinterest board where I gather all my positive thoughts ... so much of it is mental!