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Start Back At The Beginning

Start Back At The Beginning
by Meggan Larson

 

I’ve been on my weight loss journey for the last (almost) five years. Part of me is super frustrated that I haven’t gotten to my goal weight yet, but the other part of me is choosing to give myself grace. In those five years, I’ve gone through cancer and a potentially catastrophic pregnancy that nearly ended both of our lives. It’s been a long, slow battle and I’ve been learning a lot about loving myself through it all ~ no matter where I’m at. I see weight loss testimonials all over social media to the point that I occasionally want to shut everything down and go hide in a dark room.

It can be so hard to see others succeeding at what you’re currently struggling with…

Start Back At The Beginning

I’ve been doing Trim Healthy Mama for five years now and I find that when you’ve been “on plan” as long as I have that you start to take things for granted. You’ve formed habits over those years that may not have been technically on plan but it’s been so long that you’ve convinced yourself it is. You’ve been saying the same thing for so many years about what’s an S and what’s an E and that you need to separate your meals and snacks by so many hours that it starts to feel like second nature. You start to feel like you know the plan inside and out so well that you could teach a class on it. A very wise woman (Dani Johnson) once told me that “familiarity breeds contempt”. What that means is that the more familiar we are with something the less we respect it, listen to it, follow it. We keep going along thinking we’re totally on plan because we’ve been doing it for so long but there are things we may have forgotten. There are tricks we’ve long since let fall by the wayside. Think back to the very beginning of your THM journey ~ what were you eating the most of? How meticulous were you about your timing and amounts? When a recipe called for 1tsp of peanut butter you were taking a butter knife and making darn sure it wasn’t anything more than that. Now a tsp of peanut butter is very well rounded with a shrug of the shoulders and a “close enough” muttered under your breath. How serious were you about water drinking? How many different drinks were you making weekly to try them out and experience the health benefits?

You’ve been saying the same thing for so many years about what’s an S and what’s an E and that you need to separate your meals and snacks by so many hours that it starts to feel like second nature. You start to feel like you know the plan inside and out so well that you could teach a class on it. A very wise woman (Dani Johnson) once told me that “familiarity breeds contempt”. What that means is that the more familiar we are with something the less we respect it, listen to it, follow it. We keep going along thinking we’re totally on plan because we’ve been doing it for so long but there are things we may have forgotten. There are tricks we’ve long since let fall by the wayside. Think back to the very beginning of your THM journey ~ what were you eating the most of? How meticulous were you about your timing and amounts? When a recipe called for 1tsp of peanut butter you were taking a butter knife and making darn sure it wasn’t anything more than that. Now a tsp of peanut butter is very well rounded with a shrug of the shoulders and a “close enough” muttered under your breath. How serious were you about water drinking? How many different drinks were you making weekly to try them out and experience the health benefits?

Think back to the very beginning of your THM journey ~ what were you eating the most of? How meticulous were you about your timing and amounts? When a recipe called for 1 tsp of peanut butter you were taking a butter knife and making darn sure it wasn’t anything more than that. Now a tsp of peanut butter is very well rounded with a shrug of the shoulders and a “close enough” muttered under your breath. How serious were you about water drinking? How many different drinks were you making weekly to try them out and experience the health benefits?

I’ll be the first to admit that I got lazy with THM and honestly life in general. But laziness is not going to get me to my goal, it’s going to get me further away from it. It’s time to dust off your copy of the plan book and go through it like you’re just starting out again. Like you’ve tried everything else in the world and you are PRAYING that this works. Scour that book like your life depends on it because it partially does! Throw out all of your failures (and successes!) with THM and start over again because your past does not dictate your future ~ whether it was good or bad. Sure I lost 60lbs on THM before but today I have even more than that to lose so I’m starting back at the beginning. Who’s with me?

~ Meggan 🙂

If you have tried everything and still seem to be stuck it might be due to you needing a breakthrough of a different kind! Tuesday night along with our sister site, TheDropsofJoy.org we will be hosting a class on “Emotions that Block Success”! Myself and others have seen amazing results in helping get “unstuck” on this weight loss journey and we know you will too! The class is by invitation only and we allow a maximum of 50 spots to make sure we are able to answer everyone’s questions. We would love to have you join us! Request your invitation here! & Type in Emotions Class.

ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com

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Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!

Check out Meggan Larson over at Desire to Inspire!

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2 comments on “Start Back At The Beginning

  1. Katie says:

    I greatly appreciated this article….I’ve been discouraged lately and feel like it’s just TOO HARD to start over. But thank you for the reminder that I CAN.

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