Welp, I’m doing it again. I approach it this way because I’ve done it so many times before. One of these times being extremely successful, more than the others. The other times? Not successful at all. I began once with a friend as a challenge and that’s where I got the most inspiration. I looked at it as a do or die situation because I held myself accountable against someone else.

I ended up being so happy with the results and looked at the process I created for myself as a scalable one. I of course am talking about losing weight. The weight began what seemed to “melt off” and I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked with the results and couldn’t believe I had created this beautiful process that I must admit, never became EASIER, for myself.

I went through so many phases during this weight loss process about five years ago (wow). I was scared, in denial, emotional, excited, hungry, thrilled, I could go on and on. For a while I honestly didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it through but for some reason, it clicked that time. I bought into the mantra of “When the pain of staying the same hurts more than the change” because it really spoke to me so much.

For now, on leg one of this journey again, let’s talk about some things that I know I’m good at. Because lets be honest, maybe what we need is a little more encouragement from ourselves to start. Maybe that’s what we’re all missing. Imagine if it were that easy? >>

Counting Calories // I have been so regimented in the past. I don't know what it is. I think sometimes when you're motivated enough, it can be easy to just kick your ass into gear and maybe that's what it was for me last time I had so much success. This time around, I'm going to take advantage of the fact that I know this is something I'm good at and really harness the power of counting calories. It's something so simple that could change my life, I know this to be true because I have done it before.

Drinking Water // Honestly, there’s all this research that obviously says drinking water does the body, skin, hair, nails, etc. good and I still think its bullshit? Maybe thats just me being thick. That’s okay. I know it’s pretty proven, but for some reason I don’t drink the water for that reason. I think I drink it because I know it makes me feel and stay healthy. Let’s be honest with ourselves, when sick, it really helps to drink all the water you possibly can because essentially, you’re cleaning yourself out.

Staying Motivated // Now there’s more to this. What I mean by staying motivated, is once I get motivated and feel it for a couple of days, I 100% do an awesome job STAYING motivated. I have to see results for myself first though, because if I don’t, I tend to give up (or at least show resistance) very fast.

There are also some things I know I suck at. Let’s talk about those too:

Working Out // On how many blogs have you read about working out being something that people “can’t do” or “don’t have time for” these days? Huh? How many? Well, you can add this one to the pile. lololol. I hate to break it to you babe, but I’m tired af. Getting home every single night at 9:30pm and tossing and turning until I fall asleep because I'm too tired to even fall asleep (how does that even happen???) is really not an ideal situation. Maybe working out will help with this? I can't wait to find time, energy and happiness to actually do it. The way I look at it, one step at a time. There's a lot of work to do here.

Praising My Progress // Let's face it. When you accomplish something, you should most definitely celebrate it. I am not good at this, or I'll just be like, "okay, good job brit, you lost 20lbs, you can have ice cream now" and that's so dumb. As I sit here and write this, I laugh at myself. I would rather loose the weight and then buy some new clothes, or go on a trip (small or big) or SOMETHING. I think it's only human that we reward ourselves for the positive, exciting things in life. Changing your life is obviously one of them.

For now, that's about the capacity of my feelings that I have to share. I have a pretty aggressive goal and I cannot wait to achieve it, I know I can. I heard a quote once and I shared it here or on my social media before, "You know it's time to change when the pain of staying the same hurts more than the pain of change." I completely agree with that, and it's about that time. Who KNOWs what this will do for me. Are you on a similar journey? Tweet me! I want to hear about it. Xoxo -Brit.

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