From August 1, 2008 to August 1, 2009, I went from wearing a size 8 and running and working out regularly to busting out of size 14 pants and not working out at all.
After years of consistent exercise, I couldn’t believe I was starting over from scratch–again.
I was really struggling with getting back on track.
While I hated where I was, I just couldn’t seem to find the energy to pull myself out of bed in the morning and move.
Three things were key to my turning around that situation.
- Accountability. Support is vital. Having a friend, coach, or group to turn to is huge!
- Progress not perfection. Counting every single thing you do during the day that could even be remotely considered part of a healthy lifestyle builds positive momentum.
- Mindset training. Shifting your thoughts from hating where you are to focusing on why you want to be fit, strong, and slim is the true secret to long-term weight-loss success.
Here’s how I did it.
My friend, Julia, was my first accountability partner and we checked in with each other every day to cheer each tiny success and reframe any “stumble.” (Thank you, Julia! I couldn’t have done it without you!)
I set small, attainable goals for how much time I would move my body. Starting with a goal of just 10 minutes a day, I counted walking the dogs, vigorous vacuuming, and even a long walk across a parking lot to my car. I literally counted anything and everything that involved moving. A few weeks of meeting that minimal goal and I bumped it up to 20 minutes, and so on.
And I wrote out all the reasons I wanted to be fit, strong, and slim on index cards—and I read them everyday to retrain my brain while I was retraining my body.
Changing my mindset, focusing on my success, and having a supportive person to report my successes to made all the difference in the world.
Today, I love my body and life more than I thought possible!
I regularly work out vigorously for 25 to 60 minutes, six mornings a week. I eat healthy foods most of the time, and I wear between a size 4 and 6. And I’ve kept the weight off now for more than two years!
I didn’t get here overnight. But by slowly and steadily making those small decisions towards a healthier me, I built momentum and achieved my goals.
And you can do it, too.
If you are already working out regularly, awesome! How can you push yourself just a little bit further?
If you are changing your energetic momentum towards a healthier you:
- What is the minimum you can do today that will make you feel like you are making progress?
- What are the reasons you want to be fit, strong, and slim?
- Who can you turn to get the necessary support and accountability?
Just consistently making those small decisions to move in the direction of who you want to be will help you achieve the body—and life—you want.
Together we can do it!
I admire you for the way you handled it. Inspirational – and you do look super gorgeous!
Thanks so much! I appreciate your reading, commenting, and support!
Continue Being Awesome! I love you showing your true self.. You are beautiful!
Thank you, Erika! So appreciate you!
You’re very welcome, Hanna! You were instrumental in my losing 20 pounds, too! You were also one of my best supporters in running my marathon! Thank you so much for all of that, and more. We’re both living, breathing proof that having an accountability partner really works!
P.S. You look awesome! What an amazing transformation!
Thank you so much! Much love!
Ain’t it the truth! So love and appreciate you–and am honored to help you with your own transformation! Much love!
Thanks so much! That is my intention! Appreciate you!
Not to get all sentimental and mushy here on a lovely Thursday morning although your Smile in the second pic says more to me, personally than a nice dress or set of shoes. Just saying … 😉
I TOTALLY agree. I have another photo that is actually more flattering to my figure, but I choose this one because of the Joy and Freedom I felt in it. This is the key! Finding the feeling first helped me lose the weight. It’s about loving yourself first. Then the body and life you want is easier to create and is gravy. Thanks for making that very important point!
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh so amazzzinngggggggggggggggggggggggggg……………… lovely…. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go… !!!
Ahh! Thank you so much! Appreciate you!
Ahhh… this is a old comment… sorry .. was just going thru alll…:)))))))))))))
No problem! Hope all is well with you!
Oh yeah… Inspired by u… taking up from tmrw…. !!!
Thank you! But I don’t know what tmrw is! Glad you are well!
Love and appreciation!
THANK YOU for sharing this! You are an inspiring woman!
Thank you so much. My goal is to empower other women to consciously create their bodies–and thus their lives. No woman should have to suffer through the terrible pain of feeling less than they truly are. So appreciate your reading and commenting!
I am gradually trying to implement many of the things I read on your blog. Slow and steady, I will reach my goals!
Love it! And absolutely! Slow and steady wins the race! You can do it! So honored that my blog is playing a small part in your own transformation!
Congratulations, Hanna! I appreciate so much how you’ve indicated that it’s transformation of a totally new and exhilarating lifestyle–not just weight loss or “getting in shape”. You have managed so well to convey the excitement of the journey. Mazel tov!
Thanks so much, Leta! It is totally about Loving Your Way Slim. It’s not just about the end result. It’s loving the entire journey and creating a lifestyle you love. So appreciate you–and your reading and commenting. Thank you!
I am inspired by your blog stories, your pictures (thank you for the courage to post “before” as well as “after”), and your daily tips. Thank you! You were beautiful – even “before” – but now you are radiant as well!! Like you, I am not a “do it alone” person – and I need the support of a group. I joined our local TOPS and with their accountability component and the support of people like you, I have taken off a pound a week (most weeks) for about 30 weeks now… with 8 more to reach my goal. Thanks for reminding me that “Nothing tastes as good as SLIM & FIT feels!” For me, it’s a matter of MIND OVER PLATTER! ;o)
Woo hoo, Jan! Congratulations on releasing 30 pounds! That’s awesome! Thanks so much for reading and sharing! Love the mind over platter! Much appreciation!
Wow! I love this post! Now I must say you are beautiful now and back then, but truly I too want to shed some pounds and look even more glorious, the way you are now shining in life. You and your encouraging blog have helped contribute to my return to enthusiastic dog walk/runs (and my happy dog loves it when I run on our ‘walks’). And just yesterday I went for a new hairstyle and the lighter, shorter hair has me feeling sassy enough to maybe even dare returning to the gym (self-image – or lack thereof – can be such a downer!). It’s approaching lunchtime here in my time zone and I am looking forward to my hearty salad for lunch. Thanks so much for sharing about your journey and all the easy tips to help us (me!) to follow in your healthy footsteps.
Bless your heart! In joy, Gina
Thanks so much, Gina! It is all about self-esteem. I wanted my “before” picture to be attractive. Because the key is feeling good about yourself right now, right where you are. Love that you are enjoying your dog walk/runs, that you feel sassy and lighter with your new hair-do, are looking forward to a healthy meal, and are feeling confident enough to head back to the gym. Big WINS! Really appreciate your reading, implementing, and sharing! So appreciate you!
What an awesome and inspiring blog, Hanna! I agree with the previous post ~ you are radiant inside and out!! Thank you for sharing your story. Your are an amazing, beautiful woman!
Thank you, Sharrie! I think you are pretty amazing and beautiful, too! So appreciate you!
In the first picture it looks like you were holding a lot of tension. It’s so great and important you found a way to let that go and are now sharing with others 🙂 If you have time, I hope you’ll check out my book on my experiences with an eating disorder, which is now available on my website http://www.laurasusanneyochelson.com. Share if you like; I’d love to be featured or have a review of my book on your awesome (popular!) blog if you ever need someone! ~ Laura http://www.laurasusanneyochelson.com
Thanks, Laura. Am sharing it here!
You look totally f a b u l o u s, and with the right mindset and your help we can all do it! 🙂
Absolutely! Thank you so much! So appreciate you!
You are an inspiration to women everywhere Hanna! There’s soooo much out there focused on depriving ourselves and comparing ourselves to others. Neither are positive experiences nor successful long term. I love your approach which focuses on loving your body ~ truly fabulous! And…you are gorgeous!
Thank you so much, Paula! Love that you “get” it! Love and appreciate you! Thanks for commenting!
Good on you! I agree that focusing your attention on what you want is key. Focus Attitude and Belief makes you look FAB. Keep on going.
That really is the key! Thanks so much for commenting!
Hanna – love the photos! I agree whole heartedly with all of your recommendations. Especially during the holidays – small steps and progress not perfection are such important reminders. You inspired me today. Thanks!
Miss you in fabulous friends. Julie
Absolutely, Julie! Progress, not perfection! Thanks so much for commenting! Miss you, too, but am glad you are here! Much love!
Excellent practical advice. You are proof, you look awesome. Thiy bos has inspired me to re-start my body identity. Thank you.
Awesome! I’m am cheering you on!
Wow! You look gorgeous! Love the black with sequins:) Very inspiring…especially “progress not perfection.” Hopeful!
Thank you! Glad you found it helpful!