If you like football, you know that when a team makes a first down, they”re at least ten yards closer to reaching the goal line . This is called “1st and 10.” Well, for the past five weeks, I’ve been on a committed journey toward my personal goal to shed 30 pounds, and I’m happy to report that I have lost ten of those pounds- or my “1st and 10.”
Now for those of you who are new to this blog, this is HUGE. Losing 10 ounces was hard for me let alone ten pounds, and I was working out all the time. How did I finally do it, you ask? With prayer, determination and the help of the CHOICE Weight Loss System created by Dr. Latefa Terry. The key to this plan was learning to pair the right foods to help jump start my metabolism, and the results have been great. But more than that, this plan gave me back something I thought I’d lost: control over my appetite. If you’ve ever eaten an entire meal and a few minutes later, feel like you can eat the whole meal over again, you know what I mean. My eating habits were so predictable that my husband used to call me The Nibbler because I was always snacking in the kitchen between meals LOL!
This victory is great but the journey is far from over. I made it through Thanksgiving without losing my mind or self- respect but now the Christmas holiday parties are coming hard and fast and I have to stay strong. If this sounds familiar to you, here are a few tips to keep you from crossing over to the Dark Side:
Be prepared. Having your own meals or snacks prepared a head of time will keep you from being hungry and overeating at social events.
Assemble your team. Surround yourself with others who are also watching their weight, even if its just one other person. There is definitely safety in numbers, and working with a group made a big difference for me because I didn’t want to let the team down.
Encourage your team. Offer positive reinforcement to others. Trust me, it will come back to you when you need it .
Always remember your WHY. Your reason for wanting to lose weight has got to be bigger than the temptation to eat yourself into oblivion.
I’m always looking for tips to try and share along this weight loss journey.
So what tricks work for you? Share your comments on this blog post to help encourage others. I look forward to hearing from you!
Love to you, and as always, enjoy the balance of your day.