Thursday, August 05, 2010
While we are still in the beginning of August, I just want to take a moment to set some goals. Since this is a 6 month "bootcamp" I have decided that I will have very specific goals for each month and ultimately aim to meet my goal of -35 lbs. Big goal for me. But, I'm ready to reach it. Tired of being stagnant. Working hard to get in shape, then some how not seeing the results I want... and deserve. SO, time to do something about that!
Discipline: There is NO promise that each day will be a walk in the park. And I can almost guarantee that there will be days that I "FORGET" how much I want to reach my goals... despite the fact that my weight is on my mind night and day (have I TOLD you how OLD this is getting? lol. There is more, there HAS to be more than constantly obsessing over each calorie and every pound and yet seeing the scale hover at a number much higher than I'd ever dare to imagine.)
I've decided that sometimes the "easy" way is the right way. I mean, anyone who knows me, knows I don't like short cuts. I fight tooth and nail for each pound. I run, walk, lift weights, do yoga, taebo, zumba.... so with the amount of cardio/strength I do... you'd expect me to be paper thin right? .... well, nope. Because apparently there is a disconnect. There HAS to be an easier way. I workout because I LOVE it... and I am in "pretty good" shape. But when did I decide pretty good was enough!? WHY is pretty good enough?
My goal for the month of August... is to find the "easy" way. (I'm suspecting it is, eating clean, non fried foods, sleeping 8 hrs EACH night[p.s. med school makes this nearly impossible, I digress], and controlling stress) Which I'm sure won't be easy. BUT sometimes it's easier to discipline myself to wake up early and workout, eat healthy foods, and get sleep than it is to live life by the "seat-of-my-pants " and then be disappointed in December because I STILL have no weight loss to show for it.
NEWSFLASH: There will be days when I think' " it can't be worth all this. I'd rather sleep in, than wake up ANOTHER morning to workout. I'd rather eat this ice cream or these french fries... besides, who knows if I can "actually" reach my goals anyway.
... and for those days, my answer will be this, "Discipline! I can do this. 'We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act. It is a habit.'. If Aristotle got this basic principle, I'm sure I can use it to my advantage too."
Think about it, how many days do we just go to the fridge out of habit. We aren't necessarily hungry. We don't want an extra cookie... we just eat.
and WHY do we eat? Because... that's what we did LAST time we were faced with that scenario. So, my "experiment" for this month is to... well, do something different. Want different results? STOP doing what you did last time. It obviously didn't work. (understand, I am talking more to myself than to any of you :-) but maybe my, repeated revelations can help someone else too ). Now that I have thoroughly talked you all to sleep... being that it IS 4 am when I am writing this...
My general goals are to use basic principles of discipline, consistency, sleep (doing ALL I can to beat a yr long chronic sleep deprivation habit that I've developed. lol), and relaxation to become more balanced and less stressed.
HERE are my SPECIFIC goals:
GOALS for August 2010:
 Study for BOARDS 8 hrs/day for the next 3 weeks(the 2nd one for the month of August. GEE WHIZ ;) It's OK. I'm living the dream lol) Treat it like a job. Get up, and get 'er done. Hmmm... Discipline. I will learn to LOVE this word. or at least, the results it brings.
 Lose 5-7 lbs. I will use my last updated weight... because I just got back from traveling and feel bloated. So, goal is to be back in the 140's.
 Sleep 8 hrs each night. (why does this seem to be SUCH a daunting task. Sleep is easy, free, and rejuvenating. You can't lose weight without it. ok, this one needs DISCIPLINE)
 Eat for health this month. NOT 'weight loss" more fruits, veggies, lean meat. Less Fried foods, junk, things with no nutrients LIMIT SALT, eat fiber filled foods (or take supplements til I get to 25 grams/day), and a multivitamin. For good measure.
 Keep calories b/t 1300-1600 MOST days. (that would be at least 5 days a week. and hopefully never above 2000. Oh, and the ONLY way to know how many calories you eat... is to WRITE them down. guessing doesn't work. sorry. well, unless you have memorized the entire calorie count of everything. :D
 Exercise 30 mins every single day. (Every day does not have to be intense. But I'm tesing my consistency theory... so EACH day, I'm doing something. Strength training, an exercise video, running, taebo. whatever. Of course I can always do more. but I want to ATLEAST do this much. funny thing is, I'm "scared" 30 mins a day won't be enough... but I KNOW it will be better than doing 2 hrs one day and nothing for 3 days because I'm busy studying :-D )
 Do yoga/ write in journal/ pray 4-5 x a week.
Now, Let's MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
~*~ Nothing like an opportunity to smile ~*~
and then, there was love.
Not perfect love, maybe not quite a flawless relationship... but sincere, I'll be there when you need me... mad or not, type of love.
Isn't life ironic? When you decide you'd rather be alone than unhappy... and you pray to God to give you the strength to make it alone... and he does. Just then, He also gives you what you truly wanted all along. :-)
and what is it that I truly wanted.... hmm, as a strong woman (and I consider myself a do-it-myself , can make a way with whatever I've got, make it happen type of girl) I find it embarrassing to admit, but what I truly wanted was love and marriage... and yep one day, a baby carriage or 2 or 3. lol
~*~ Trying the ring on... King Cesar decided he wanted to be petted during the pic LOL~*~
And though things haven't always been perfect, I'm happy to say I'M ENGAGED!!!! So now, my bikini bombshell bootcamp may have to morph into, a BIKINI (BRIDAL) BOMBSHELL BOOTCAMP. or maybe I'll just say the Bombshell Bootcamp to make it shorter :-)
Either way... still will be 6 months long and I'm still aiming for 5-7 lbs per month! I've made my 7lbs for JULY!!! WOOHOOO! And did I tell you all, I turned 25 on the 23rd? :-D
So My bikini BOMBSHELLL bootcamp is in FULL effect and I actually wore that bathing suit on the beach! and yep... I Looked GOOOD. lol. Not perfect, not 115 lbs like I'd hoped... but good, in a sexy bombshell with hips kinda way!
~*~ spent my entire vacay reading Eat Pray Love!~*~
I took some days off to enjoy my bday but still have been staying active doing lots of walking. I'm back and going to hit the ground running! Bought a new book on nutrition and will be doing lots of exercise videos when I'm stuck in the house! I am studying for boards the entire month of August... and will use exercise as my release.
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