Welcome to 'Keeping the Bulge at Bay'
This blog is designed to discuss the hardest part of losing weight...keeping it off! To understand my story and what my reasons are for creating this blog, please follow this link to my first post: "The REAL Beginning..." It's raw, real, and honest.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Maneuvering through Motivations…

Everything in life is made easier with motivations…why else would a pot of gold be at the end of that gosh darn rainbow, right? Everyone knows that weight loss should be its own reward, but wouldn’t it be nicer if there was a pot of gold (and, no, I’m not referring to gold chocolate coins) when you reached and maintained goal weight?

Staying motivated constantly is a very hard thing to do in any aspect of life, especially when it comes to your weight. One can constantly remind themselves that being healthy is a gift that is immeasurable in any other form, however, add years upon years of losing weight or maintaining weight loss to the picture, and those original motivation factors may begin to wane.

What keeps people motivated is different for everyone. For example, I am getting married in September and I want to ensure that I am the skinniest I have ever been on that day (shocker right! Like I’m the only bride-to-be that has salivated over this pipe-dream!  haha). This is a great motivating factor to stay healthy between now and then, but what about after I’m married? I am the type of person that always needs a goal to work towards. Yes, health is the ultimate goal, but fitting into a size 4 wouldn’t hurt either!

There was one key moment I remember during my weight loss. When I was in the 211-217 lb range (a tough range for me to conquer), I remember thinking, ‘if I get to 180 I will look like a bombshell and I’ll start maintaining!’ However, of course, when I finally got to 180 I didn’t look at all like what I thought I was going to. Now I’m around 150 and am just beginning to look the way I thought I was going to at 180 (and no, I am not calling myself a bombshell by any means haha). I still want to lose a couple more L-B’s, but the visual thought of what I wanted to look like motivated me through the difficult times, the hard times, and frankly, the times that were more frustrating than squeezing into a pair of spanx that are two sizes too small!

However, now that I’ve been solidified in the maintaining stage for over two years, I find myself still having to find motivation in the craziest places to keep this voyage trucking along. For example, every time I notice that a part of my body looks ‘skinny’ it is a great motivating factor to, even if for only one day, keep me on track and eating healthy (adversely, noticing this has occasionally dragged me to the dark side where I have Satan saying-see, you’re healthy-have a cupcake…or four…). Either way, noticing these accomplishments have generally been the small daily motivators that keep me driving on the veggie and fruit highway without taking the exit to ‘Sugar Land’ (sometimes the car takes the exit itself, I swear it’s not my fault!).

As stated above, a wedding in September (and oh ya, being in three weddings before that!) is an easy and obvious motivator; but I wonder what motivator will keep me propelling forward 25 years from now…maybe that pot of gold that I’m sure will appear on my doorstep when I turn 50 and am still in a healthy weight range?!?

What motivates you to maintain or lose today, tomorrow, and ten years from now?

Until next time, keeping the bulge at bay…


  1. I am so glad I came across your blog! I am in the process of losing my weight. I have lost 70 lbs. and am having a really hard time staying motivated. Sometimes I don't think I'm ever make it. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Patti! Thank you so much for reading the blog! I agree with Wry Wryter. The main thing is that you HAVE to really want it-the determination to want it so much is motivation in itself. Beyond that though, I try to find motivation in the smallest places...it's a daily battle and if you tackle it one day at a time eventually you'll get to your goal. Feel proud of all that you have accomplished and visualize yourself at your ultimate goal weight-you'll get there for sure!
      There's a saying that I love that may assist you on those days that are REALLY hard...if you see a huge pile of rocks that have to be moved it is daunting and can make you ask if it's even worth it to try to move them...however, once you move each rock one at a time-before you know it you have moved the whole pile!
      Every pound is a milestone and every milestone is one step closer to your goal! Good luck and keep in touch :)

  2. Patti, I have a suggestion.
    Whatever plan you are on has worked up to this point...so...trust in the plan. What I have learned is if you do it long enough most of it becomes second nature AND you have got to want it.
    I've maintained an over 90 lb weight loss for two years. Went from a size 22 to an 8. I can't imagine being anything other than what I am now but I will never forget, there was a time I could'nt imagine being anything other than a size 22.
    Hang in and hold on. If I can do it, you can too.