Hi! I'm Redhead Mama, Chief Mom of Operations of Bookieboo. I'm so honored to be able to share my experiences with everyone of how I lost weight and how I am continuing to stay on track.
My second piece of advice is this:
If you have a large goal like I did, don't think about it in it's entirety. (This is very important!) The best thing to do is break it up into smaller goals. I call them mini-milestones. I had over a hundred pounds to lose, so I broke it down into 10 lb. increments. So instead of trying to lose 100 lbs. or more, I was trying to lose 10 lbs. at a time. This makes your weight loss manageable.
The purpose behind this goes back to my point in Part I of not overwhelming yourself. When your goal is so far away that you can't see the finish line, then you've got to break it down into parts you can chew on. Otherwise, it's going to be too hard to see the finish line. It took me two years to lose 100 lbs. Two years of anyone's life can be overwhelming, but I did it months at a time. If I hadn't of broken my weight loss into 10 lbs. at a time, who knows, I might have given up.
If you have less weight to lose than I did, I would recommend doing it 5 lbs. at a time, because the smaller you are the longer it takes to lose weight. The Biggest Loser is a great example of that. The big guys tend to lose alot more weight then the rest of the group, even though they are all doing the same exercises. And that is just the way it is.
The second part to mini-milestones is celebration. Yes, remember to treat yourself to something EVERYTIME you make goal. This is something you can look forward to. Pat yourself on the back. Tell all your friends. Look into the mirror and congratulate yourself. Just try to treat yourself to something that has nothing to do with food. I would buy myself a new piece of clothing and dance naked in front of the bathroom mirror. It was something I looked forward to.