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Why is this such a struggle?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

It can be a struggle trying to lose weight. Many will never find the special sauce that works for them. Others try and fail multiple times and then it finally clicks. They found the recipe to their success. And the pounds start coming off.



Regardless of the struggle with weight loss, many of us find an even greater struggle on this journey. Rewarding ourselves. We are quick to congratulate and encourage others to reach their goals but we don't know what to do for ourselves.

I posted a blog challenge to the 100+ First Steps Club to write a blog about what you are going to do for yourself after you lose the next 10 pounds. Then I came here to complete my own challenge and it started off with my hands resting on the keyboard and a blank look on my face as I just stared at the screen. I had nothing.

Now I recently started a diabetes reversal program and actually lost 10 pounds just last week. It will not take me long to lose my next 10 pounds. It is like finding my secret sauce recipe and the scale is rewarding me. However, that isn't enough. Am I really stopping to pat myself on the back they way my team has?

I looked up a list of "non-food" rewards for weight loss looking for an idea. Most of them involve me going to the salon or movie theatre, or even playing a round of putt putt golf, all of which isn't possible right now because of Covid-19. Then it hit me. I was already rewarding myself for making a lifestyle change by revamping my kitchen to set the stage for my success in this new endeavor.

This is my reward. New jars to hold my almond and coconut flour. A new SF coffee bar so I can make low-carb versions of my favorite coffeehouse drinks, new mixing bowls and measuring cups that are both decorative and useful so they can sit out on my cart, and decided today to rearrange my counters to make them more user friendly. I even ordered new kitchen chairs (we needed them anyway) and new placemats to make my table fit in with the rest of the changes I was making. I do have a glass cutting board I need to replace and I'm trying to decide between two that I really like, so I will make that my next reward.

So while I didn't think about all of these changes and new items in my kitchen being a reward, they really were rewarding me for making the decision to join this program and committing myself to lose this weight and reverse my diabetes. Thank you Amazon for delivering during this difficult time.

So think about your next reward. Sometimes the best reward is to do something for yourself that will make it easier to succeed and hit your next goal after that. Don't ever forget about what you are doing to move yourself forward in your journey. Every step forward is something to celebrate.

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  • no profile photo CD25267888
    Well said! emoticon
    469 days ago
  • DEEGIRL50
    You must have a beautiful kitchen. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    I'm so happy that you decided to blog again. I wish there was an owl emoticon to give you because you are so wise. I've struggled with rewards and you've just given me the key to help myself. Thank you.

    emoticon I'm cheering for you because this is a hard struggle. There will be days when each of us needs support and we all know the FSC is a great place to find it.
    471 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/17/2020 10:27:01 AM
  • MRSBIGGLESWORTH
    Great job Laura! Finding a way to lose that works for you is half the battle! Love the new kitchen makeover reward!
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    471 days ago
  • LIFECHANGZ
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    ~ will be so nice to have all these fresh/cool new tools!

    emoticon when I quit smoking and about then, decided again to try to lose weight - I thought... the $$ I save from that, I'd spend on cool tools/good food to help me... (instead of save for a vacation or sumptin sumptin..) I think the 1st thing I chose were pink shoelaces for my walking shoes, and I found pink hand weights! since then, I've actually squirreled a lot of pink things into my kitchen when pink hits the shelves in October! lol ;)

    emoticon on the 10 lbs! You sound happy and like you're on a roll again! Woot!
    471 days ago
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    472 days ago
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