After contemplating a few ideas, I decided on creating a weight loss chart that I can color to stay motivated. I like coloring, so I decided to tap into something I already love as a mini reward for losing weight. It’s really exhilarating when I get to color in another few blocks on my chart. The weight loss chart makes me want to keep going because it’s colorful and pretty. I want to make myself and my doctor proud by meeting my pre-op weight loss goal. It’s helped so far, and I’m more than half way to my pre-op weight loss goal.
Creating My Weight Loss Chart
One of the first things I decided was that 50 pounds were my first medium goal to lose. I broke that into smaller, 10-pound mini-goals as well to keep me on track. Sometimes when you look at the large amount of weight you want to lose, it can be overwhelming. It’s much easier to break it into medium and small goals. Losing 50 pounds seems way more doable to me than losing 268 pounds. I knew I wanted my weight loss chart to track the first 50 pounds I lost.
I used a spreadsheet program and created a graph that had weights on the left-hand column, weigh-in dates on the horizontal axis and inspirational phrases. on the right-hand column. Some of the phrases I used were: Great job! Incredible! Half-way there! and Awesome!
At the bottom, I left spaces to write what my goal is (to lose 50 pounds befoer surgery), my why (to be healthier for my family) and what my reward is for losing weight (weight loss surgery). It lets me see exactly where I am on my weight loss program and make adjustments if needed.
Every Monday after I weigh myself, I color in the number of blocks that corresponds to my weight loss on the appropriate date column. I also used colorful pencils and color in the inspiration phrase(s) that correspond to my weight loss for the week. I LOVE, love pulling out my weight loss chart on a Monday and coloring in my progress.
As of March 26, 2018, below is my weight loss chart:
How My Chart Helps
I know from past experience that I can lose the first 20 to 30 pounds pretty easily, but beyond that, it gets much more difficult. I typically hit a wall and end up giving up because I don’t think it’s working anymore. The truth is I stopped working the lifestyle changes I was attempting. When I hit my plateau this time I will take a look at my weight loss chart to remind myself of my goals. I will also decrease the number of calories I am eating and increase my physical activity to push past the plateau. This time is different because I have a plan of attack for when I hit that dreaded stall.
I’m very much a visual person, and I know that about myself. Seeing and writing my goals down on paper gives me a sense of urgency to make sure so I am working on my goals. I try to do something every day that gets me closer to my goals. Whether it’s tracking my food or getting in a good workout, I know that if I have my goal written down with a deadline, I’m going to work my tail off to achieve that goal. Seeing my weight loss goal on paper with a deadline keeps me motivated to achieve that goal.
Other Ways to Track Weight Loss
There are a lot of other ways you could track your progress too. You could get two jars, fill one with 50 marbles and leave one empty. As you lose the pounds, move one marble per pound over to the empty jar. Slowly, the one jar will get empty and the other one will get filled. (I actually did this tracking method when I got down to my last 75 pounds to lose!)
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