After I posted Brian Fleming‘s story of losing 400 pounds, I joined the Facebook group that he and his friend in England formed. It is a good group. Many people post their successes and struggles along the way.
Tonight I was looking through and this article from Shape.com was posted. (see all of the before / after pictures in the original article)
Included with each person’s before / after pictures were their secrets to success. Some highlights that resonated with me were:
- Set non-weight goals. Many of us set weight goals, and then struggle to meet them. Briana (pictured above) who lost 174 pounds, set other athletic goals, and the weight came off along the way. She said “I always wanted to do a 5K obstacle run, but at my heaviest weight I couldn’t even run 100 yards. I have now completed numerous races, including the Zombie Run and Run or Dye. Some day I will work my way up to completing a Tough Mudder or Spartan.”
- Do it today. Lee, who lost 275 pounds said “I made a decision one day to stop living trapped in yesterday or worried about what tomorrow holds, and to be in the present moment and take action. That was the start of my new life.”
- Buddy up – Candis who lost 146 pounds talked about how she told her mom and husband what she was doing and allowed them to help her stay on track.
- Learn the basics – Ryan, who lost 100 pounds reminds us that it is the basics that will have a lasting impact. He said “It’s easy to want to try out the latest and greatest fitness fad, but I have found that learning the basics of proper nutrition and exercise is what is the real key, and ultimately what serves as the foundation for lasting weight loss.”
- Share your story – Holly, who lost 240 pounds (pictured below), talked about starting her own blog 300poundsdown.com to stay accountable, and track progress. She also said, “Through sharing my story, I also have met a lot of people going through the exact same things, and we share in each others’ ups and downs along the way.”
- Have fun exercising – Tony, who lost 240 pounds said “It could be hiking, swimming, walking, playing golf, or taking a group fitness class with friends—it doesn’t matter, and I don’t stress on how many calories I burn. Instead I just focus on having fun being active.”
What are your success secrets? What are the things that you do to stay motivated, and keep the success coming?