Ever since I lost my weight, I’ve been asked by many people “How did you do it? Do you have any tips?” Everyone has their own reasons for deciding to make better choices in their life. Maybe they are just tired of being overweight, or want to get off medication related to their weight, or want to be around for their children, or want more self confidence. The list goes on and on. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are as long as you do it for yourself and no one else. This message is for all those overweight wives out there wanting to loose weight so their husbands will find them attractive. Don’t do it for this reason! It will backfire. It took me a long time to realize my husband is not responsible for my happiness. I had to do it for myself and to heck with everyone else! Once you decide to make that change, then you must commit to it 100%. You can want it so bad, but until commit, nothing will ever change. Here are some more tips: Find a support group that works for you. I joined Weight Watchers and the support I had there was amazing. I didn’t feel alone in my quest. There were others just like me that I could relate to. We are all in different stages of our journey. Some were heavier than me and had more to loose, some had lost it all and were maintaining, and some had lost it, gained it back, and were trying to loose again. Set small, achievable goals. Its good to look at the big picture, but sometimes that can seem overwhelming. When I first joined Weight Watchers, all I wanted was to be able to cross my legs. That seems like something small, but to me that was huge! Educate yourself. When I look back at how I prepared food and my views on what was healthy, I was so ignorant! Not dumb, but just very uneducated. I really had no idea how clueless I was. But I slowly learned more and more (I’m still learning every day). Get moving! Being overweight is such a vicious cycle. We don’t exercise because we feel bad, we feel bad because we don’t exercise. Not only will exercise physically help you feel better, it will boost your self confidence to the moon! When you realize you just walked further than you ever walked, or lifted more weight than you’ve ever lifted, or did a push up without being on your knees, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Don’t give up. There will be some days you will want to just throw in the towel, but don’t do it! Thats how you ended up where you are! By always giving up or giving in. You have to break that cycle. Learn what your triggers are. Do you eat when you are stressed, happy, sad? Are you bored? Lonely? That food might make you feel better for a few minutes, but give it an hour and it will make you feel even worse. I have learned to clean when I’m stressed and want to eat. My house and body thank me!