I recently rediscovered a whiteboard I kept on my desk at my old office:
During my “loss phase”, I used this mantra whenever I felt a little wiggly while tippy-toeing along this (then) new path. It helped to keep me focused on the task at hand and not the 100 pounds I had to lose.
Why I should opt for the Jason’s salad bar over the scrumptious nachos the people at the next table were enjoying? “Because it’s the right thing to do.”
Why should I go to the gym when it’s 40° and raining? “Because it’s the right thing to do.”
Why should I choose plain or vanilla yogurt over one of the “dessert yogurts” a few shelves over? “Because it’s the right thing to do.”
And so on.
As I child, I was taught that the reward for “doing the right thing” is…doing the right thing. Sometimes there’s a tangible reward, but there shouldn’t be any expectation of one. The greater reward, I was told, was in the knowledge that I had made the right choice and acted on it.
I’m not sure why I never applied this childhood lesson to my weight loss efforts. For some reason, I always had to see results. Too many “flat abs fast” ads and articles, I suspect.
My little desktop reminder helped me focus on the simple premise that the choices I make are beneficial (or not) on their own, no matter what the scale shows or what size/shape I happen to be at the time. (Although I do have my moments, as documented in whiny posts here and there.)
If you’re struggling with your intended plan, or find yourself discouraged with your results, please remember that every “right” choice you make is a reward in and of itself. By making those choices, you’re giving yourself better nutrition and greater physical capabilities, not to mention the confidence that comes from being in control of your actions. In the long run, that’s the greatest reward of all. (But I agree, smaller pants feel good, too. )
Do you have a mantra, or catch-phrase, you return to time and time again?