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Monday, January 25, 2010

Motivational Mondays: Toilet paper roll

I get quite a few emails from people who are on the same journey as I am... getting healthy and losing the weight. A lot of these emails ask how I keep going even when I hit bumps in the road that normally make people wanna quit. For example plateaus, loss of energy/motivation, or just being consistent with eating right and exercise.

But the bump in the road I wanna talk about:

"I lost 10 lbs. (or 15 or 20 lbs!) but I look exactly the same!"

First... B.R.E.A.T.H.E!

This is actually something really common among the weight-loss community and sorry to say, but the bigger you start off on this journey, the harder it is to see the changes at first. So think of yourself as a roll of toilet paper (or paper towel if you don't wanna think TP). The first several layers of TP pretty much go down the toilet without making a real difference in what the original roll looks like, right? Same with our bodies. But as you start to use more and more TP - a.k.a lose more and more fat - the changes start to make a BIG difference until you get to the last several layers left on the role. In fact that last 15 - 20 layers on the roll make more of a difference than any other 15 - 20 layers before. Again, same with our bodies.

As you get closer and closer to goal weight, the current 5 lbs. lost can look totally different on your body than the first 20 lbs. you lost! LITERALLY:

My point is... Keep At It!

Weight-loss shouldn't be about just wanting to look better, it should be about getting healthy and fit, so even if you can't see a physical difference in your appearance, eating right and exercising will improving your body from the inside out.

So get moving people!


BEE said...

love this post
its completely true

Kristina said...

GREAT POST! I had never thought of it that way. Since I started out so big....the 50ish I have lost isnt really that noticeable to everyone else. Now, I figure 75 is going to be more noticeable.....and that Im looking forward to. By the way, love the progress pics! You look great!

Anonymous said...

THANKS!! for the inspiration and encouragement!

Kyle Gershman said...

Wonderful way to look at progress.

Lisa said...

Wow! Great pics!

- Lisa

NSGIRL said...

So true! I'll never look at the roll of toilet paper the same again!

MackAttack said...

That's such a great post. Definitely makes me feel so much better about not noticing a difference :)

The_Exquisite_Christine said...

I COMPLETELY heart this post!!! Perfect analogy. I keep thinking down the lines of layers in an onion but the TP totally works better.

Your transformation is amazing by the way! Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. ♥

Emily said...

Great analogy!! I'm sure I'll be looking back to this post time and time again to remind myself. and by the way, You look GREAT!!

Boomer said...

Toilet paper, huh! Well, it does make the point. Thanks for the motivation. That is why I visit blogs like yours. I mean, I would hate to flush all my hard work down the toilet. LOL!!!