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You can reach your goal today – and if you do not continue making the healthy choices meal by meal, in two weeks that “perfect” body could be not-so-perfect any more!! Or you can celebrate and just start eating whatever you want to – and again – there goes all your hard work! What you did to get to this point of achieving your goal is exactly what you have to continue to do if you want to keep it and enjoy the benefits of it!

I suggest you keep a meal log daily (page 4 of Today’s the Day) while you are in the process of losing weight. Then, continue when you are maintaining – I do!  Every day.  As a matter of fact, according to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics those who do this one simple thing lose 6 lbs. more on average.

Do I want to exercise each day? NO!! Many days (sometimes most days) I simply force myself to just do it. If I start skipping a day or two here and there – it quickly becomes a problem, so I don’t even entertain it!

Every single thing you did to finally get to this point, you will have to continue for the rest of your life, assuming you want to stay healthy and fit. So instead of focusing in on the “end” of a journey that never really ends – focus on the daily choices and celebrate them. Is it always going to be easy and smooth sailing – No, of course not. I’d be lying if I said it was. Will the effort pay off in the end and be worth it – resoundingly YES!

In the end, healthy living (being strong, energetic, healthy and full of life) and all those things you have to do to achieve and maintain it, is its own reward.

If you are in the process of losing weight or trying to maintain healthy weight – do you keep a food log?

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Comment by Ann Musico on October 24, 2012 at 3:14am

Glad it was timely for you, Jen!

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on October 23, 2012 at 8:12pm

Ann, your blog is JUST want I needed to be reminded of. I use to keep a food log faithfully and then got out of the habit. It wasn't hard, just intimidating to start. Thanks for the reminder - I am going to take a action step to start back again in the morning. Thank you Ann!

Comment by Ann Musico on October 23, 2012 at 2:47am

Thanks for your comments Deborah and Jim. 

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on October 22, 2012 at 8:36pm

So often I don't want to exercise, but once I start it gets better. I need to do the food log. I think I don't want to see on paper how many sweets I really eat. ouch.

I have a plaque that reads, "Discipline is doing what you don't want to do so you can have what you always wanted." Thanks for sharing practical tools for success.

Comment by Jim Carver on October 22, 2012 at 7:45pm

Excellent post Ann! Focus on daily choices and celebrate them- appears to be a great formula for success. Thank you, Jim Carver

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