I came across the above quote in a magazine and realized that this summer I had started doing this and these steps have helped me not only, finally, start staying on tract-but actually have that feeling of achievement again. I see now that every time I starred myself for doing the big 3 so many days in a row, or those sugar steps I've talked about, or actually made it to the pool 3x a week like I'd planned , every time I recognized that I had opted to tap instead of eat I was motivating myself towards being healthy ( and yes losing the weight) again. I also started being responsible for out of control areas of my life and growing spiritually and emotionally by leaps and bounds. As I recognize these achievements in myself I feel more and more motivated to stay the course ( I started to say till I reached my goal but, well, that goal isn't just a number or size it's ultimately being and feeling healthy,)
As I look back I can see how important it is to recognize every little thing we do that is encouraging. Literally pat yourself on the back every meal you get your big 3 in-or even 1 of them if that is where you are at, then advance to another part of your journey added in, say every time you make it through a day without sugar and or gluten (my thing) or eat a meal or all meals mindfully away from distractions. You have to be responsible enough to keep trying to care for and recognize your achievements yourself, but sharing them and getting that recognition from peers is even better. So let others know-like here, or at any support group you are in. Let's all cheer each other on.
OH! Yeah, that 1st picture on the left was my first garden bed and I now see that everything in the quote is what motivated me to keep on until I ended up with the garden bed on the right ( which is just one of an acre full very like it). That first neighbor that told me how much he admired that first garden bed ( achievement and recognition) motivated a lifetime of joy for me. So be sure to recognize others achievements not matter how small they may seem. You never know how much it can change another's life.