Monday, August 23, 2010

Having a positive attitude! Monday

Being and staying positive is something I struggle with, but something I KNOW is very important. A positive attitude can totally change how a situation turns out. Trust me I know. After my husband left me last year I could have (and did for a while) sunk into a deep depression leaving my kids without a stable parent (Lord knows there dad wasn't being very stable for them at the time). But I knew that I had to keep it together for my kids and for myself if we were going to make it through such a bad situation. The days when I don't think positively are hard nasty days, but I have learned that I am in control of how my days feel by how I feel. As I lose weight I am finding that the same positive attitude that got me through my dark days last year is helping me shed major pounds this year.

When I first started my weight loss journey I did a lot of negative self talk. "I am not a self motivator," "I don't have much stamina for long workouts," "this exercise is too hard for me," etc. You get the picture and you have probably said some of those same things too from time to time. But as I saw that I could do (or almost do) some of the things I thought were too hard and the weight started coming off (and staying off) I became more positive about it. And you know what happened I LOST MORE WEIGHT! and it GOT EASIER!!!

I have been following Pete Cohen's program since he was on a few weeks ago and something he said clicked. Not because I hadn't heard it before but because I realized it was why I have finally been succeeding!
The most important thing to remember is that you get what you focus on. So focus on feeling good for no reason at all. Look for the positive things that you’re doing and give yourself some credit and you will achieve more.

So if you are stuggling yourself take Pete's advice:
We’re all human so we’ll all have challenges from time to time. So the next time you start to give yourself a hard time:* stop it.* talk politely to yourself….be gentle… nice.* give yourself some encouragement.* be kind to yourself.* be your own best friend.
Congrats to Shawnee @ShawneeH! Being Sista of the week is such an honor and you totally deserves it!

Another special thanks to Earth Footwear for sponsoring this weeks blogging carnival. You have been truely amazing to mamavation and we all love you!

This is the last week of the Move it and Lose it challenge and I am proud to finish strong! I started this challenge at 163.5 (166 the day I applied for M Mom)and today I am at 155! That is another 3 lbs down from last week. I am not even sure how that happened but I am happy to see it!



Measure 6/28 Measure 8/9 Measure 8/23
Waist --38.5--- 37.5 ---38
Chest --39--- 37.5 ---38
Hips-- 44--- 43 ---43.5
thigh R --26--- 25.5--- 25.25
Thigh L --26.5--- 26--- 25.25
Calf R --15.5 ---15 ---15.25
Calf L-- 15.5--- 15.25 ---15.25
Bicep R --13--- 12.5 ---12.75
Bicep L --12.5 ---13--- 12.75

Weight --163.5 ---160 ---155

I am not sure how my measurements are bigger but my weight is smaller. I am gonna blame it on pre-Aunt Flo bloat as she is due any moment now. But I still am shocked at the weight loss, I truly had only hoped to maintain this week.

Sorry for such a long post today, I try not to get too windy but today just feels good.

I hope everyone makes this week the best it can be. Stay positive and find the good in every day! Mwah!


Lisa Johnston said...


You're totally kickin it Julie! I'm so stinkin proud of you!!!!!! :)



Shawnee H said...

Such a great loss and a terrific attitude. You show so much inner strength! So happy to have gotten to know you thanks to Mamavation!!

~Lori~ said...

Love your new positive attitude girl! Awesome job on the weight loss! Keep working hard!

The Maniacal Matron - @MMScarlett said...

awesome job on the 3 pounds!

Depression is hard. I recently was diagnosed as being depressed - and yes it does interfere with motivation.

However, I have found that I feel better about a lot of stuff when I'm active. Hope that it helps you too!

Have a great week and keep moving! you are doing an awesome job :-)

Marie said...

You have such an inspiring attitude that I hope follows you everywhere! Your doing a great job and I can see the changes you are working so hard to achieve!

Roxy said...

Great job! You really held it together after your husband left and I admire you for that. You're a wonderful role model to your children and you've got this positive energy radiating from you. Life is good and it's going to get better!

Laura said...

I love seeing the losses! WAY TO GO HUN!!! keep kickin' butt darlin' youre doing fantastic!

Have a great week!

@PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

You are looking fantastic!!!! Thank you for posting what Pete said. I don't get to watch the TV part because that time is our bedtime routine. I miss it each week. Good luck this week.

Ivette said...

Thanks for a great reminder about PMA - I can use a dose of it every now and then. You look great! You can really see the difference in the pictures.

Keep up the great work!

Joanna said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! That is awesome! You are so right about the positive thinking, and it's also contagious. :-) I hope you have a great week!

Rachel said...

Yeah! I am SO proud of you!! You go girl!!

kia said...

Nice job Julie. My question is do you feel better with your recent transition?

Stephanie said...

Amen girl!

You look fabulous. I hope you feel fabulous too :)

Kimberly said...

Way to go Gruve Sista!! :) Thanks for the attitude adjustment! lol I was a little negative this week in my post and a fellow Sista set me straight.

Momma On The Run said...

Congrats! Your doing awesome. Love the positive attitude:) Keep it up!

gretablau said...

Awesome job! Somehow this hit me when i was reading your post:

give yourself some encouragement

It's so simple but so sweet and kind. Pete rocks.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Awesome job, Jules!! So proud of you. And so proud of your positive attitude. You are so right in that it will carry you thru some pretty dark times. Keep it up!

Love you!!