They say you gain your “Freshman 15” when you move away and start school. Apparently for me, I didn’t want to leave it just to my freshman year (hah!). As soon as I left home, I found comfort in unhealthy foods, snacking all the time, and eating whatever was easiest, regardless if it was full of fat and sugar. Food was something I could find comfort in, whether I was hungry or not. So the weight naturally packed on, and I felt stuck.

How would I get back to where I was before I started college? Was it even possible? Would I have any semblance of willpower to let me lose it and get healthy again? In all honesty, I thought no.

I guess around Christmas time, I finally felt tired of looking and feeling fairly unhealthy. I wasn’t massively overweight, but certainly there was room for improvement. I started counting calories and didn’t really look back. 

Since then, I’ve lost about 17 pounds, 5 of those since starting on a Weight Watchers program. The biggest excitement this weekend, was that when I went home, I was able to move down one pants size. This is a massive deal for me, because I haven’t worn them for two summers now.

It may not seem like a huge deal to most, but I’ve decided that the little victories in my life are worth celebrating and acknowledging. I’ve had moments where I thought I would only be happy until I reached my long term goal. I’ve found that I am much happier with myself when I allow myself to celebrate the tiny moments even when they aren’t the end of the journey. This gives me the motivation to keep moving along, working on myself, and improving everyday. 

Somedays are harder than others, but I hope that moving forward I can look back on the days where I experienced success and use that to channel energy into the bad days. Not everyday will be absolutely perfect, but I can try my best to make the best of it. 

What are your current goals? Still working on New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy Monday!

Em

21 comments on “Celebrating Little Victories – Weight Loss Progress”

  1. Congratulations. You’ve done fantastically. You would be very proud of yourself coming down that size to fit into clothes you haven’t worn. Keep at it! 🙂

  2. Congrats on your weight loss! I really need to start losing some weight too. My first goal is just 6 lbs. I know my clothes will fit just a little better and my face will start looking a little thinner. I’m hoping that will be enough motivation to keep going and get down 10 more pounds!

  3. Little victories are the most important to me. They are something that will keep you motivated and inspired. Congrats on your weight loss. I definitely gained a lot more than the freshman 15 when I was in college. I never really lost all of it until about 2 years ago, when I started counting calories. It’s the only thing that ever worked for me.

  4. Lovely post and congratulations on making such a difference. I think it’s great that you’re promoting being healthier and feeling good for it, I’m sure a lot of people will be inspired by your post instead of overwhelmed at the thought of their end goal. Small wins do make a difference in every walk of life.

    My current goal is to spread veganism. So like yourself, I celebrate when someone contacts me to tell me they have reduced their consumption of animal products. Every little helps the animals and it’s a step in the right direction which keeps me motivated 💚

  5. I am so proud of you Em! It is so great that you are reveling in your little victories since small steps lead to big changes. Trusting the process and enjoying the journey is so important. Congratulations on hitting goals!

  6. This amazing, congrats on this victory! loosing weight could be so difficult and this victories make us feel so motivated! I’m sure you are going to accomplish everything! 😀

  7. Congrats! I actually gained the sophomore 15, I some how didn’t gain the freshman 15. I also gained a lot after getting married. It really is a great victory when you see your hard work pay off. I switched my lifestyle about 2 years ago.

  8. How awesome that you decided to make a change and have stuck with it! Congrats on your progress so far! You should be very proud of yourself!!

  9. Congrats on your weightloss! Small victories are still great victories to celebrate! I dont often count my weight/pounds when I hit the gym i usually end up counting the inches i lose off my waist and around my body! it keeps me motivated for sure x

  10. That’s great. I agree, definitely find small victories, but on the flip side of that, don’t feel defeated at a small loss and revert back. Weather the storm, sometimes you may go to those meetings and have gained a little but stay the course! My mom goes to those meetings and she does the same thing. She’s losing weight. But it’s a process. I’d love to hear more about the process and what you’re doing! Good luck!!

  11. Weight loss as it is is very difficult to accomplish as it requires a lot of patience and consistency. As well as a lot of discipline so celebrating big or small accomplishments is something we should to do.

  12. Keep going, the best progress is the progress that keeps progressing. It takes a lot of self discipline to get healthy and your doing great! My goals are moving forward slowly and when I get discourages I just look back and see how far I have come. This year I am trying to eat more meatless meals during the week and reduce my kitchen waste to help the planet and my pocket book, some weeks I do better than others but it is improving!

  13. Congratulations! Well done for your determination and achieving what you have so far!! Weight loss is not an easy task and there are so many distractions that make it so hard to keep going!

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