How to Keep the Momentum Going After Weight Loss

So…as you know I had a weight gain last week after #SoFabCon14 and I was hoping for a loss of at least 4.6 lbs and this week I want to talk to you about how to keep the momentum going after weight loss because (a) I need the reminder, and (b) I totally had a loss this week and I want to keep it up!

Traveling can be so hard on weight loss and I gave you tips on that last week, but once you’re home and things have settled back in and you’re ready to lose weight again, you have to get back on your plan (whatever that may be) and you have to find your willpower and your discipline. Sometimes (most of the time) I have negative talk in my head about willpower and discipline and I had a good friend remind me last week that I don’t have to listen to that negative talk. I can be a positive speaker in my own mind and I can do this!

Let’s talk about when you do have one of those “good weeks” and you’ve lost a little weight (or a lot of weight) and you want to keep the momentum going.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

How to Keep the Momentum Going After Weight Loss

1. Don’t take a cheat day

Howard and I are the world’s worst about taking our cheat day on Thursday night after our weigh in. It gets even harder when Benjamin has a late baseball game on Thursday night as well (like last night). We always tend to fall back on either pizza or our favorite fried chicken place for some chicken strips and fried pickles. The key to keeping the momentum going is to just don’t think this way. I fail most weeks at this so I KNOW it’s hard. This is probably the only instance where I’m going to say “do as I say, not as I do”. I get it! I’m working on it, too!

2. Celebrate your weight loss

Remember when I gave you tips on how to celebrate a weight loss? Follow those tips or find ways that you love to celebrate!

3. Exercise a little more

Now that you’re feeling better and you’re lighter on your feet (hehe!), get out there and get in some exercise! This week, my family got outside and played ball in the yard (well, the boys did…I cleaned out the car). We had a great evening. Benjamin wasn’t bored and whiny. Howard felt good about being a good dad. I felt good about having a clean car. And we didn’t just lay around and watch TV all evening.

4. Figure out what worked last week…and do it again

I changed up my lunch plan this week because we were having a little bit of a financial issue. I ate baked chicken breast for lunch rather than lunchmeat or the meat from a burger. I really think that was a big part of my weight loss for the week. I’m already planning to cook ahead for the week so I can bring my lunch and hopefully have a good loss next week. When you have a good weight loss week, think about what you did different…and do that again!

5. Don’t get in a hurry or get discouraged

Sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw or the scale being friendly when you have a good week. Our bodies are a mystery sometimes and we can’t let ourselves get too discouraged. When you have a big weight loss one week, don’t get too over-anxious if you do the same things the next week and you don’t have as big of a loss. You didn’t gain all your weight (I didn’t gain all my weight) overnight so this is going to take time. Slow and steady wins the race…and all those other sayings that fit here… We can do this!

Now…are you ready for my weight loss update?

As I mentioned in the video, I lost 7 lbs this week and things were a little different. We had financial issues that kept me from having my normal salads and bunless burgers for lunch, but I really think it paid off for me. I’m getting in my protein, adding more veggies this week, and drinking my water!

What ideas do you have for keeping the momentum going after weight loss?


  1. Thank you for sharing your tips! I think it can be easy to get lax once you feel like you’ve accomplished your weight loss goal, but you’re right, you have to keep up the hard work!

  2. How about I adore how open and honest you are with your readers! I think that not rewarding your Weightloss with food is the best tip ever, you rock!! Keep it up and I hope to see a skinny you next year at SoFabCon15!!

  3. Kathleen Garber says:

    That’s great! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your motivation tips. Love that quote too!

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