Weight Loss Success Stories – What Can We Learn?

Weight Loss Stories – Learn From The Success of Others


As a woman, a mother and a grandmother I too have struggled with my weight at various stages in my lifetime. During menses, after childbirth, during menopause as the body goes through incredible changes. At one time I was totally obese being over 70 lbs over weight and that is when I knew I had to stop the train from leaving the station and continuing onto to Fatsville, a town in Overweightsville. Being an athlete and a runner I was marred by injury and chronic disease that had taken the use of my legs at one point, in my life, but I couldn’t let that be the reason or the excuse to pile on the pounds.

I found a way to get myself mentally ready to lose the pounds. Now I believe that getting prepared and ready to take on the battle of the bulge is the hardest part of the journey. You can always give yourself the excuse of “I will start tomorrow” and then when tomorrow arrives its “I will start tomorrow” again and again as the cycle repeats itself then it never gets done. So mentally preparing yourself to shed the weight that took years to put on is a big hurdle but I tell you the truth if you get over that mental obstacle you are so ready for success! Its half the battle the mental aspect of any lifestyle adjustment and especially when it comes to food. I can’t express enough to you that the mental obstacles are the biggest hurdles to most any goal in life. We have to believe we can do it no matter what. We have to place faith in our ability to adjust long standing bad habits and wrong choices. We must believe in the “WHY” of our goal. Are we doing this for our health issues and or vanity.

No matter whatever the issue you must be willing to go the distance to reach that goal weight that you have in mind. So mental preparation is more than half the battle it will be the task master that you need when you are tempted to slip back into wrong choices of food and habits. So gird your mind with steel foundations to discipline yourself to reach that weight goal. I wonder if you have had an opportunity to watch the “Biggest Loser” TV show? Well, if you have you will see the mental metamorphosis that occurs in the contestants as they shed the pounds. Their whole mentality changes as well as so we have to WANT IT BADLY enough to change for that weight loss. Because getting to the other side of the Goal and attaining it is such sweet victory and to fit into your favorite pair of skinny jeans without a struggle is sweet reward. Just the mere fact, that you are acknowledging that it is time to take a stand to lose the weight finally, for your health’s sake is quite the accomplishment! Yeah that is most definitely a cause to celebrate and it is important to you that you should celebrate the victories!

What goes into our mouths is just about the only thing that we can control in our lives nowadays. So to mentally prepare for cutting back on the bad choices we must have guidance to replace those bad choices with good nutritional choices. That is why to have a weight loss coach or specialized weight loss nutritionist is a big advantage. However not everyone can afford that so there are the programs that you can utilize online or offline methods. Many weight loss programs realize that majority of clients have access to the Internet and our lives are so busy that it is the perfect complement to our schedules, so they have an online component to their weight loss programs. That is the greatest way to document our food choices and record our weight loss and to be part of the community online where others who are struggling can get together and chat about the challenges and triumphs of their weight loss journey.

As I have seen and heard wonderful success stories of weight loss by other men and women I look at that and think if they can do it so can I! But I believe that one should be patient when approaching weight loss and not expect instant success or overnight to lose 50 lbs. As it took years to gain that weight it would only be fair to approach it with patience in removing it too. So be kind and patient to yourself and especially, in your self talk while you go through this transformation. And having support online is always so beneficial to being able to chat with others who are going through the same struggles as you. It always seems to lighten the load to talk with others and you realize that you are not alone in this. We as humans need that belonging to something larger than ourselves and this is what helps us to get through the hard times and find the support online with the friends we have made in the online community in our chosen weight loss programs.

Another step in successful weight loss is keeping the goals small like you have an overall goal of losing X number of pounds but take it like in increments of 5 lbs each two weeks. That way you can celebrate your small victories along the way and before you realize it you will have lost all your weight and be at the goal weight before you know it! It’s amazing how wonderful and light you it feels to even lose just 10 lbs. And the importance of celebrating this little milestones can be touted enough as you must pat yourself on the back and celebrate your victories! So important this celebration and recognition of each set of 5 lbs as they do add up and before you know it you have lost 30 pounds! That is so exciting and wonderful and you must mark those down in your online diary and hopefully your community has trophy recognitions or badges something that you are given for your fine efforts.

Keep a measurement diary and take before and after photos as they really help you to see progress because the scale might not show it but the measuring tape will tell the tale for sure. Inch loss really gives you a mental boost when you are adjusting to your healthier lifestyle. Plus sometimes we don’t always remember what we put in our mouth so keeping track of our food helps us to remember our goals. There are so many weight tracking online services these days to help you with this very important monitoring. Because sometimes we really don’t realize how much we are eating until we see it written down and then we can really take stock of what and how we have come to gain or lose the weight.

So let’s recap what we can learn from others weight loss success stories and keep them in our journal or even post them on our fridge as a gentle reminder to ourselves when we want to overindulge..

1. No unrealistic expectations regarding weight loss

2. Patience and kindness

3. Set your goals in increments being realistic

4. Look at the Weight Loss Stories and Pictures and gain inspiration from them

5. Remember your “Why” as part of your Goal Achievement- is it your health? etc

6. Then you become the Role Model for those that love you especially your family

Secret of Weight Loss Success: Common to All

Are you getting worried about your excessive weight gain and trying hard to get rid of it? If your answer is yes, then there are basic ways by which you will be able to get desired result regarding losing your extra weight. There are many people who have achieved their success in losing their extra body weight by practicing those basic steps. Due to its effectiveness, these basic steps of weight loss are known as the secret of weight loss success.

Keep Your Diet Healthy:

If you are thinking taking less amount of food is solution for your weight gain problem, then you are wrong. By lessening the amount of food that your body requires, you can not lose your excessive body weight. It will instead make you weak physically and will lead to many other health issues. Therefore, instead of lessening the amount of food, you can change your food diet. Healthy diet system will improve your metabolism and thus, you will be able to burn as much as you eat. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is very much beneficial in this regard. Moreover, drinking lots of water is also recommended, as it helps your body to eliminate the toxins effectively. Following these food instructions will lead you towards weight loss success.

Exercise on Daily Basis:

Physical exercise is not only beneficial for overweight people, but also for every category of people. Even people with balanced weight can get benefited from it. Physical exercise makes your body strong and keeps you active for the whole day. In order to achieve effective weight loss success, regular physical exercises are very effective. This is the reason why even physicians suggest regular exercise for better health condition.

Avoid Fast Foods:

People mostly like to eat fast foods, as it’s easily available and tastes good. However, all the things we like may not be beneficial for us. Fast foods contain a lot of calories which is very harmful for your healthy physical condition. Eating fast foods on regular basis may lead to serious health condition. So, though you like fast foods a lot, try to avoid them for the sake of your good health.

Sleep Properly:

To keep things in good condition, proper care is very essential. Similarly, to maintain a good health, proper care of your regular needs is required. Sleep is the most essential need of our body, as lack of sleep leads to various health issues, such as: mental stress, lack of concentration power, physical weakness etc. This is why the medical professionals say that the quality of life largely depends upon the quality of sleep.

Finally, we can say that though a lot of people are aware of this basic weight loss ways, but due to their laziness they avoid some of these practices. As a result, they can’t achieve their desired result. Hence, practicing the above on regular basis can only provide you with the weight loss success.

Illness As an Excuse Not to Exercise is a Weight Loss Success Killer

If you find that you don’t workout when you aren’t feeling good you may find that you are limiting your weight loss success. Using illness or fatigue as an excuse to not move your body can sabotage your best intentions and your health, fitness and weight loss goals. It might not be in your best interest to exercise at 100% on days when you don’t feel well, but there are good reasons to keep your body moving even on off days.

Give yourself an alternative workout that is gentler on your body-and stop beating the drum of not feeling well. Even if you decide to go for a short stroll around the block or focus on gentle stretching you are helping your body and you break the pattern of making illness an excuse for not exercising.

You may be surprised that some days you actually feel physically better because you are moving your body and changing your mental focus from illness to fitness. Even if you don’t feel better, you can congratulate yourself for moving forward with your goal of exercising for weight loss and fitness.

On the days where you begin to feel better you may decide to keep working out. Either at that same gentle pace or you may feel energized enough that you can step up the pace a bit. Or, you may decide to stop with that shorter routine see how you feel later in the day… at which point you might go for another stroll for example.

If however you do the mini workout and still feel bad, then listen to your body and stop.

One of the reasons so many of us have gained weight in the past is because we didn’t listen to our bodies. Listening to your body is very important for weight loss success-that includes listening to it about how it feels with the food we eat and the exercises we do-but we have to learn to correctly interpret the messages our body is sending to us.

I f you normally exercise for 15 minutes you may choose to cut back the time and/or the intensity depending on how you feel. Let’s say you determine you are going to stroll for 5 minutes today…you go outside and focus on the beauty there. After 5 minutes you are drained and so you come back inside. You have had a success! You kept your commitment to doing the 5 minutes and that is awesome!

However, if you are feeling better after the 5 minutes it may be that you were experiencing more of a psychological block and so you decide to continue walking. In this instance perhaps you walk for 15 minutes-your normal workout duration, but at a less intense level. This too, is something to celebrate!

Weight Loss Success Tip – Don’t Forget to Eat

Forget to eat? Who “forgets” to eat? After all, don’t we get hungry so we remember to eat? And besides, wouldn’t I be apt to lose weight by NOT eating?

First, it is possible to “forget” to eat. While we do get hungry, if you are like me you don’t always listen to the cues your body sends you. That’s how so many of us end up overweight…by not paying attention to our bodies. To have weight loss success we must learn to listen…and to remember to eat.

Are you really good at “pushing through”…hunger…pain…fatigue? This can serve you in an emergency, but how many emergencies are you really facing every day? This is just not a healthy habit for every day living.

What “pushing through” does is train your brain to ignore the signals your body is sending-important signals-ones that, if you listen, will help you achieve and maintain your optimum health and well-being.
Ignoring the signals your body sends lets you skip meals…and so it seems you are saving calories and should therefore lose weight. But ultimately skipping meals is a calorie INducer not reducer-you will gain weight not lose it.

I know from personal experience-it is one of the reasons I got to be 125 pounds overweight!
I didn’t pay attention to when I was hungry, or when I was full. I ate when it was time, when I could, or when food was in front of me.

I thought I was working hard and being productive. If no one stopped me, I might power right through until it had been 8 or more hours since breakfast.

Was that day more productive for it? Possibly. But it was not productive for the long-run and it was definitely not a healthy pattern. I was doing NO ONE any favors-not my employer, not my coworkers, not my family and certainly not myself.

By ignoring the early signals of hunger…that grizzly bear in my stomach…I became that Grizzly…cranky, slow, and eating everything in sight like I was preparing for hibernation.

These days I know a much better solution for health and weight loss success. I eat small meals or snacks-up to 6 times a day. This helps keep blood sugar levels stable and personalities that resemble Teddy Bears more than Grizzlies.

It seems like this would lead to weight gain, but actually eating in this way frequently REDUCES the overall caloric intake in a day-because you avoid a feeding frenzy. With more even blood sugar levels you are less tempted to raid the frig late at night, you are less susceptible to cravings…in other words, you need less “willpower.” So it turns out by eating more frequently you don’t have to diet and you will still lose weight.

So, if your goal is to have weight loss success, then one of the most important things you can do is to remember to eat-and to eat often!