Monday, April 13, 2015

100 Days - Keep Going (Subtitle Motivation)

I logged into My Fitness Pal on Sunday and was congratulated with logging in 100 days in a row.  Surprisingly (or not so if you know me) I had mixed feelings about this.

Part of me was excited as it meant I have been doing this diet for 100 days and have managed to, at least try, to stay with it for a 100 days.  This is big for me!

But then part of me was disappointed as I thought I would be at least 30 lbs down by this date, instead of 21.  The past month has been tough, I haven't been as strict with my diet and I haven't been working out, so I felt disappointment for not being where I thought I should be and not working as hard as I know I can.

And just when I was feeling bad I woke the next morning to see comments from my mom and friend that made me feel so happy and encouraged me to keep going and not think lightly of how far I have come and what I have done so far.


I have to remember this weight has been put on over the last 10 years, it is going to take awhile and a lifestyle change to get it off.

And then I thought of what my sister told me when I started.  I think of this every time I start to get down.

For me, this is what motivates me and keeps me going.  People.

As I have said before, I have always closed myself off from people in the past because my weight issues are embarrassing and I feel so vulnerable talking about it.  But more than ever I have realized that I need these amazing people and they are truly on myside, and I know they need me too because we are all trying to become healthier and better ourselves. I feel so grateful to have SO much support, and I hope I am able to make others feel motivated as well.

Yes, I have to do this on my own, but I don't have to be alone while I do it.

Now, the hardest part for me is staying motivated.  Those times when you try so hard and do not see any results, it is so frustrating and discouraging.  Those are the times I turn to my friends/family as well as, the other things that motivate refocus me.  Yes, I think that is the best term....refocus.  Sometimes I just need to get out of my own head, step back and refocus.

To help with this I created a Pinterest board of things that keep me going.  It sounds silly and consists of things like quotes, outfits I want to wear, before and after weight loss photos...things that inspire me.  But it works.  Just like texting a friend at 9:30pm when I want to binge, going on this board has also stopped me and allows me to refocus.

I refocus on the clothes I so desperately want to wear some day and not have to pay $60 for a shirt that is so bulky and unflattering.  And I want to wear boots with jeans or leggings like ALL THE TIME!

 (Ok, I will never wear this but I a girl can dream, right?!?!)

I have never worn a little black dress, I want to so bad.


We have a beach trip planned next year and I want to wear a swimsuit and go swimming with Henry and not think twice about.

I want to post my before and after and have people go WOW and feel motivated and encouraged by my transformation.

this is me currently 20 lbs down...don't laugh :-/

I want this little man, my biggest inspiration, to know as he gets older that he can do ANYTHING he sets his mind too.  And even if it seems hard or impossible or takes a long long time, he can do it.  And I can show him this because I DID IT.

So to all of you who are supporting me on this long journey I have to say THANK YOU.  I can't even begin to tell you how much it means to me.  The check-ins, the emails, the "likes" it all means so much.

So what motivates YOU?!?!  What/who are the things that keep you going?  How do you stay motivated??



  1. I'm SO proud of you!! You can do this. You can. I love this line:

    Sometimes I just need to get out of my own head, step back and refocus.

    So, so true! I think the hardest part is getting out of your head and believing in yourself. A friend of mine told me that in order to get rid of the self doubt (that sabotages us) you just need to stop and 'just do it'. Quitting is not an option. Once you get rid of the option, it gets easier.

    Hang in there! Spring in here...get outside and play with Henry when you can! One day at a time. You are doing great and it shows!

    You motivate ME! ;)

    1. Thank you, my friend!!! Being in my head is my worst enemy. I LOVE that advice, I am going to try thinking that :-)

      And we just got the air in the bike tires and I hope to get out this week on a bike ride!!

      Thank you for all your encouragement!!

  2. You're awesome! Slow and steady wins the race and this is no different. You may not be where you wanted to be after 100 days but you made progress and you didn't give up - that is what matters. You're committed and you will get to your end goal and I can't wait to see you do all the things you posted above :-) Jen S.

    1. Thank you, Jen!! :-) It is truly wonderful to have so many people motivating me and reminding of what I have done and what I am capable of doing. I can't wait to show off all those things above!!!

  3. JENN. Look at your PICTURE! That is such a difference. You look absolutely great. You do.

    You can do this. You can SO do this.

    Each day is a new day and I love the quote that K told you: LOOK HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME.

    I'm so proud of you, but you honestly should be so proud of yourself. You're doing this the **right** way.

    1. Oh, thank you so much my friend!!

      That is very kind and nice to hear! I can get so hard on my self, but having friends who support me and encourage me is truly helping to refocus me.

      And no truer words, each day IS a new day! You are so right. That is something I have to remember every day. Just because I may have one bad day, doesn't mean the next has to be.

      Thank you for the support!!