A year ago I embarked on my weight loss journey. I was heavier than I had ever been at any point in my life. The baby weight had clung to my waist, hips, and thighs and refused to 'melt off' like everyone claimed it would. My self esteem was at an all time low and I had to do something about it.
Fast forward a year and I am in better shape, slimmer, and healthier than I have ever been. How? Well, somehow, even with an infant that has morphed into a toddler, I make half an hour a day for myself to exercise. Whether its the gym or getting in five or ten minutes on the elliptical at a time while Emily terrorizes the living room I somehow squeeze it in. Its become a habit.
Bottom line you have to make it part of your routine. You take a shower everyday, do your hair, and put on make-up. Why can't you exercise everyday?
I think the easiest thing about making the habit of exercising stick is to do it every. single. day. When you don't skip a day or two a week in your regular regimen you aren't as tempted to skip an extra day, just like because you shower everyday you don't like to skip a shower even if you're not in the mood. It becomes what you do everyday. You start to feel good, just like after a nice warm shower.
And if someone says they don't have the time to exercise I don't want to hear it... I work a full time job, have my own growing business, work part time, am classes after school to keep my certifications, raising a toddler, and have a clean house. ...okay, maybe my laundry is a little out of control, but I hate folding laundry. There is always time... even for fifteen or twenty minutes.
So, that's it. The key to keeping it off is just keeping at it. Making the habit, keeping the habit, and forgoing excuses. Exercising has become as much a part of my life as making dinner or taking a shower and I think I owe my success to that.
Six months ago and now... I thought I hadn't been losing weight (honestly the scale hadn't moved more than a couple of pounds) and I didn't think I was making progress at all. It was discouraging and I wanted to slack off on exercising -- it would be so much easier, right?! But, this is why I periodically take photos. The difference is apparent, but hard to see from the inside. When you feel down, unchanged, or discouraged look back at a past photo. Sometimes the difference is right in front of you and you can't even see it!