10 July 2013

30 Days 30 Letters: An Open Letter To My Diet Buddy #2 - Be Your Own Cheerleader

This is letter #2 in Her Weight loss Diary's new series - 30 Days Letters to My Diet Buddy project. The road to weight loss can be tough. If you want to feel like you aren't alone in your diet endeavors, buddying up can hold you accountable for every bite you take. Subscribe here, because you don't want to miss any letter.

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Dear Diet Buddy,

How's your progress today? Did you workout? Did you watch what you eat? I have an on-and-off relationship with exercise. I took a 5 day break from exercise because I experienced soreness and muscle pain. I know it's normal. The pain is a result from working out for the first time in a long time. I'm not planning to take a long break but this is the problem with me. Once I stop, it will took a long time for me to get into the exercise momentum again. But today, I jump back into the exercise wagon. Non scale victory!

Foodwise, everything in check so far. I started to record my calorie intake again today. But obviously watching Masterchef while you're trying to lose weight is not a good idea. While watching just now, I am thinking about Secret Recipe's cake. I almost call Mr Husband to ask him to stop by the restaurant on his way home and buy one. Who can't resist Secret Recipe's mango delight cake? For a minute, it was a tough battle in my mind. I came to the same excuse again, 'just this one, and no more cake tomorrow.' But that excuse is happen to be the reason why I forever living diet Day 1!

I know you are a diet buddy I can count on when I'm looking for a support but I find another ways to cheer myself up.

1. Self-talk
I speak about myself positively. Refuse to give in. Keep saying NO to temptation. You can either giving in to 'just one' for years and never reach your goal, or you can choose to resist the temptation and staying on the path until you achieve your objective. Self-talk may sounds silly, but reaffirm yourself why you want to meet your goal is literally cheering yourself on!

2. Diary

Writing down my goal, my struggle, my failure, and victory like what you used to read in this blog is a great way to support myself. If you don't like to go digital, use pen-and-paper route. Write your goal, your weight loss plan, your struggle, your weight loss analysis, and your successes to remind yourself of why you want to lose weight in the first place and what you should do to reach your weight loss goal.

3. Reward
Rewarding yourself is one way to ensure you that you will not give up hope. But don't reward yourself with foods or something that can sabotage your weight loss effort. One could be treating yourself to a professional photo shoot to display the 10 pounds you've lost.

If you have no one to turn to, how do you be your own cheerleader? I want to see your list in the comments. 

For now, I thought I'd share what I did today.

Yours truly,

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  1. My weekly blog posts are kind of my diary. Reading others' comments adds encouragement. My coworkers are also my cheerleaders. There may be internal conflict on everything else but they're all in unison with supporting me.

  2. I know your situation with the cake oh too well! I do that all the time and, before I know it, I end up having about 6 "one last times" before I finally find my will-power again!

    Thanks for all your wonderful comments and support!


  3. Writing things down is always key for me with all goals and an accountability partner. I know blogging helps in a weight loss journey substantially. Your tips are good for any goals that one is trying to achieve.

  4. Daughter's birthday here so cupcakes every night. I do like to write things down. I think it helps a lot.

  5. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Hope you'll give my recipe a try soon..

  6. I have a couple girlfriends I have been exchanging messages with as we do WW together...it is DEFINITELY helpful that we can all support each other! :) Great post!-Ashley

  7. For me, if I have a goal but no one to cheer me through it, I write it down. That helps me immensely!!

  8. Thanks all. Your insight are very encouraging.

  9. I'm enjoying your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have been considering a weight loss diary for some time now. Having accountability would make a difference for me, I'm sure!


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