The Real Battle of the Bulge
by Meggan Larson
There’s a very important lesson I learned through a mentor that she refers to as sprouts. Essentially it’s focusing on what’s going well in your life instead of what’s not. “What you focus on you’ll get more of” she taught me. I used this principle throughout my battle with cancer and people were shocked at how happy I was.
When I lost all of my hair I chose to focus on the fact that I had always wondered what I looked like bald, and now I knew! When I gained a ton of weight due to the chemotherapy and the steroids I was on, I was grateful that I wasn’t throwing up every day. Sure, I could have thrown myself a well-deserved pity party, but instead, I looked for the positives in every single situation and you know what…
They were always there to be found!
Weight loss is a battlefield and often the battle is won (or lost) in our own minds. No one is harder on ourselves than us. No one needs to tell us that we need to lose weight, we know. It’s easy to fall into the trap of never being satisfied because we can easily see what needs to change and what isn’t perfect yet. That kind of mindset will only bring us down and cause us to lose momentum, lose inspiration, and lose hope.
If your weight is stalled, at least it’s not going back up, right? If you’ve dropped down a size but wanted it to be more, focus on the fact that you’ve dropped a size and not gone up a size! Trim Healthy Mama peeps often refer to this type of thing as an NSV or non-scale victory. When the scale is stuck it can be so frustrating and it’s up to us to decide if we’re going to focus on that or if we’re going to celebrate the fact that we skipped on the donuts that everyone else was munching on.
Every decision we make, whether big or small, is leading us somewhere. Every time that you decide not to lick the sugary icing that you made for your child’s birthday cake, it’s a victory and deserves to be celebrated! These small things may seem insignificant on their own, but strung together they will bring you to your goal.
What you focus on you’ll get more of, so today, choose to focus on what you’re doing right and ONLY focus on that! Don’t cancel it out by saying “I lost 5lbs BUT I wish I had lost 10lbs”. That cancels your victory! “I lost 5lbs” – yay!
“Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” – Proverbs 18:21 speak life over your accomplishments regardless of how small they may feel. Eventually, you will look back and be shocked at how far you’ve come.
ps…If you need help to figure out why you are struggling with the weight in the first place, what plan will work for you, or why you emotionally eat, then I strongly urge you to check out the 5-Day Video Mini-Series inside our private Facebook community-“Release the Weight from the Inside Out” click the link to join the Facebook group! It could be the change you’ve been searching for!
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! 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!
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