Thursday, December 29, 2011
Every January I reflect back on the previous year and set my goals for the coming year. For MANY MANY years I would set the goal to lose X amount of pounds and then I would never accomplish the goal. Every new year I would set the same old goal and be upset with myself for not accomplishing it. Then at the end of 2009 I decided NO MORE...THIS IS IT. I am going to do this. Guess what..I did it and so can you!! For years January 1 was an upsetting time of year. I felt like a fat failure. But in 2010, 2011 and 2012 that is not the case. So what made a difference? Here are the top 10 things I did.
1. I told myself if all those folks in the success stories and on Biggest Loser can do it, so can I! I read everything I could about what made people a success. And guess what..it was pretty simple. Eat healthy food and move more. So that's what I did.
2. I took it one day at a time. I found each day I was successful made me feel proud and pushed me to do well the next day.
3. I picked myself up when I fell down. I didn't say oh well I did horrible today, I might as well just forget it. If I had a bad day, I got back on track the next day.
4. I didnt make excuses. I GOT REAL with myself. Eating clean does not mean eating brocolli casserole, it means eating brocolli!!!
5. I thought of it as a lifestyle change...not a diet. This had to be something I could live with the rest of my life , not just for a few months.
6. I took it 5 pounds at a time. When I thought of the entire amount of weight I needed to lose, it was overwhelming, but thinking of it in five pound increments made it more manageable. Then one day, it was 20 pounds gone, 30 pounds gone, and so on. WOO HOO
7. I just said NO. In social situations, it is so easy to give in to our surroundings and EAT unhealthy foods. I just said NO thank you.
8. I cut the alcohol. This was the hardest for me. I like to have a glass of wine or two when we go out to dinner. But, boy did it make a difference. On nights I would drink even just 2 glasses of wine, I would feel sluggish for my workout the next day and look dehydrated and bloated inthe morning.
9. I finally came to the realization that it is SO easy to consume 1000 calories and SO hard to burn 1000 calories. This journey is 90% diet. I cannot workout like a pro and then eat everything in sight. It doesn't work that way.
10. I realized it's about trade offs. It's what you do 90%of the time that matters. I have to have some fun and take days off of eating clean and working out. Everything in moderation!