8 Ways I Am Working on Losing Weight (most of the time)

by Robyn Wright on June 2, 2014

in Weight Loss

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I have been at a plateau with my weight loss for a while now. It is easy to fall into a rut with weight loss just like anything else. Still though, I celebrate the 125 pounds I have already lost proudly! Now it is time for me to just re-invest in myself and remember to put some of these strategies in place and add some new ones to start losing again.

I have to share too that this time I feel different about having forgotten to do a few things lately. Before I would really beat myself up about eating too much, making poor choices, etc. and then of course I would eat more because I felt bad and then feel bad because I ate more…well you get the picture. It is a really vicious cycle! So sometimes I have a little twinge of feeling guilty, but more often I am able to think about it and say “it is okay Robyn, just move forward” and do just that. If I make a goal or plan for something and I do not make it, I still applaud myself for whatever effort or achievement I did make instead.

So here are eight ways I am working on for my weight loss…

  1. Exercise!

    Yep, it is a no brainer but still hard to do sometimes. Honestly, I just do not enjoy it – I know a lot of folks do, but I am not one of them. Too bad, so sad though Robyn – get off your butt and move!

  2. Use Small Plates

    This really does help me so much. When I set the table I use a small plate (like a salad size plate) for me and everyone else gets a regular plate. This way the smaller portions of food that I take still look plentiful on my plate. Can you see the difference here?

    small plate large plate

  3. Drink Water

    It is good for you plus it helps you feel full. Drink a glass of water about 15 minutes before you eat a meal especially. By the way, I used to always hate ice water and now I love it – especially if I can find that “soft ice” that is in little pellets. FYI Sonic and Lion’s Choice both have this ice and you can buy bags of it from them even.

    ice water

  4. Non-Food Rewards

    Do not ever use food as a reward for anything ever again. No, I do not want a cookie for being a good girl, thank you very much.

  5. Triumph in NSVs (Non-Scale Victories)

    The numbers on the scale are not that important. I continue to take notice of things I can do now that I could not do before and I share them often with family and on social media. This is a pic I took on my last trip on the airplane. I loved how much extra I had on my seat belt because before I used to always have to get a seat belt extension.

    Non-Scale Victories

  6. No Baggy Clothing

    For years I dressed in baggy clothing hoping to hide how fat I was. It does not work, it just makes you look like you are a really fat person wearing baggy clothes. As I have lost weight I have gotten rid of those big clothes and bought new ones that were more flattering to my current figure.

  7. Look In The Mirror – Naked Too!

    I have to take the time to really look at myself in the mirror to notice changes. It is important to do this naked too – hiding your image from yourself does no good. Be proud of the changes you have made and try to accept the negatives that might be there because of it. For me it is a lot of extra baggy skin right now.

  8. Snacks Portion Sized

    Do not eat any snack out of the bag or box it came in (unless it is single serve). It just promotes that “just one more” and mindless eating. I do struggle with this one especially and Cheez-Its are crack for me! ACK!

The thing is, this is my list. I am happy to share it but it does not mean what helps me will help you. We all have different “stuff” (issues) that cause us to do unhealthy things and our motivations are all different. Really think about you and what you can really do and what you really cannot do. This does not mean you shouldn’t have to push yourself, but setting goals that are so far out of reach just guarantees failure. Set yourself up to achieve!

Do you have any tips, tricks, or ideas that help you with weight loss, or maintaining, that you would like to share?

Robyn    

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  • http://historyinculture.wordpress.com/ Robin

    I do love to exercise, but I really struggle with portion control too (cookies, chocolates, etc)…so I feel like I’m at a plateau too.
    You seem to know all the tricks; sometimes it’s just a matter of giving your own motivation a boost.
    “Slow and steady wins the race…” Hang in there! It’s worth it!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      You are lucky to love exercise – I really wish I did because it would make life easier I think! Thank you – I promise I’m sticking with it. I figure it took me a long time to get as fat as I was so it is okay that it takes me a while to lose it too!

  • tannawings

    Exercise is OK but I have always preferred to get my ‘calorie burn’ by doing something active . I detest sitting riding a stationary bike or whatever. I have been being good about staying off the computer during the day especially now it is so nice. I am sorry I havent been commenting alot- I have been enjoying the outdoors again! Be proud of yourself, you rock and have been doing so well!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Don’t apologize for being outdoors! Go and enjoy it!

  • Jane m

    I just signed Little M up for swimming lessons. While she attends class I need to swim laps. It’s just want I need to slowly upgrade exercise. Believe me it’s long over due.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      I bet she will love swimming lessons!!!!

  • rosannepm

    Congratulations on your 125 lb weight loss! I’ve just lose 26 lbs and have 14 to go. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Good luck Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Awesome @rosannepm:disqus on your 26 pounds so far!!! WAY TO GO!

  • susan1215

    Great tips, I keep bottles of water in the refrigerator so I know once I have drunk all of those I have had enough water for the day as I tend to forget. I recently lost 50 pounds and bought a lot of new clothes. I threw out my old ones. My tip is that I don’t eat anything after dinner.
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

  • coupontammy

    Great tips. My big one is I snack in the afternoon. So I try to make sure that I pick a healthy snack around 2pm. That way I don’t get to hungry and over eat something else,

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