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Goals.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Goals - what we are looking ahead to achieve during this journey. Whether it be to fit into 'that' article of clothing, occasion (vacation, family, wedding, etc.), our health, or just to feel better. Over the course of the past year, I think I have been mindfully aware of wanting to lose weight for all the above listed, but I never did. Every time something was coming up, I would tell myself, "This is the deadline. You've got x-many days to lose the weight, Ashley. Do it this time. No excuses." But I would let life be my excuse. Its is far easier to say that I'm busy being a wife, mother, student, youth leader, etc. than to commit time to myself to this task.

Part of why I'm kicking myself in the butt now is that my "fat" pants have grown tight. Last year, I lost two pants sizes and felt great! However, over the course of the last year, I have steadily grown out of those pants and right back into my "fat" pants. Every time I go to my closet to get dressed, I ask myself, "What will make me not feel so huge? What won't cling to my midsection today?" Its pretty tough after a few days. I'm tired of feeling that. I'm also tired of looking into my full-length mirrors and feeling fat. I know, realistically, I'm not classified as being overweight according to my height, but I'm uncomfortable in my own skin and that's enough of a reason to want to lose the weight. I want to feel confident and comfortable in my own skin.

My short term goal for November:
-Lose 7lbs by the end of the month. This is not unrealistic considering that I'm cutting out a lot of bad habits (soda, fatty fast food) and adding in exercise. I know that the first week, you generally see the biggest loss and therefore, with the changes I'm putting into place, I believe this is an achievable goal for the rest of the month.

My reward for hitting my November goal is to get a haircut. I've been due for one for a while, but I just don't want to spend the money at the moment because it's getting to be Christmas time and I believe that the money can be spent else where. However, achieving this goal will allow me to be okay with me taking some of that money and time out for myself without the guilt.

Anyone else have goals specifically set for November?

  
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AMBER2111 12/5/2012 9:07PM

    I hope the goal for November worked out! It's all about setting goals and taking one step at a time. 😊

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HEATHERS_TIME 11/14/2012 6:44PM

    I have a goal to lose 15 pounds by Christmas. Definitely doable as long as I don't go overboard on Christmas goodies!!

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Denial.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last year, this time, I was at my lowest weight. I was putting effort and time into myself. I felt, slept, and looked great. Although life was hectic (my husband was deployed, I was attending classes M-F full-time, and being a mom/dad to our son), I was still able to put the time and attention into eating right and working out. And then January rolled around and I started nursing school. Life has pretty much been put on the back burner because my mind is so exhausted that I just want to sleep when I get the moment to do so. My husband also came home from another year deployment in March, also causing me to put my fitness/eating on the back burner. Throughout the course of the year, I have gained 25lbs. Frightening.

Every few pounds I gained, I would tell myself, "No more. This is the last gain." But it wasn't enough to stop each and every time. Stepping on the scale and seeing a number I haven't seen in over two years ... yikes! So, I'm taking charge, snapping out of denial that what I'm doing isn't hurting me, and getting things right. While being a nursing student is very important to me, I realize that I am an example to my patients and that I should hold myself to a better (not higher) level than what I have been.

So, after several years off from SP, I'm back. Using SP was extremely helpful when I first started my journey back then. So, knowing that it works, I'm here again :)

xoxo

  
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HEEEYBOOBOO 11/13/2012 12:17PM

  Welcome back to SP - I just returned myself. Obviously you're not in 'denial' anymore. And you've been there, done that - you can do it again!

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RG_DFW 11/13/2012 11:21AM

    Welcome back!

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BARBANNA 11/13/2012 11:15AM

    Sometimes you have to prioritize your time and efforts. If you spread yourself too thin you will not be good for anything or anyone. I'm glad you are back but keep your focus clear. We live in a world with many enticements and avoiding the extra weight is tough!

Glad you are back on track. Hang in there!

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