Wednesday, January 01, 2014
“Start the year by saying no to excuses. Decide to own your decisions….”
Through my own carelessness, I begin 2014 at my highest weight ever. But I am determined that I will, over this year, make my way to Onederland. That’s my main goal. I know that I am concentrating on weight issues and not “healthier living”. But the fact is I’ve always been a picky eater and I have never liked vegetables. I will work towards more healthy eating, but I want to begin with working the scale to increase my self esteem and encourage myself by what I feel sure I can accomplish.
Rather than make New Year’s resolutions, I want to define my action steps and chart my progress month by month.
January: I will lose 3 pounds. I will do this by:
* Starting a new “Honest Efforts” streak and posting my progress for accountability (thanks, Pixie)
* Drinking 8 glasses of water each day
* Tracking my calories in and calories out at least 5 x week
* Making an effort to increase my protein intake and decrease my carbs
* Exercising 30-60 min a day 5 x week
* Charting my progress using a weekly check sheet of to-do’s and dones and using rewards
* Using positive affirmations daily
* Staying active in my SP teams
* Avoiding my “monkey-see, monkey-eat” habit
* Practicing mindfulness and gratefulness
* Improving the way I talk to myself
I recognize that my age, my genetics, my depression, and my medications all work against me in losing weight, but I will not use these factors as excuses. I also will take ownership for my actions and recognize that I am the one in charge of me. I want to stop allowing a victim mentality to undercut my efforts. I want to take back my power and stop thinking that other people or circumstances are the cause of my decisions.
Carolyn Myss says, “You’ll never accomplish anything if you wait until you feel motivated to start taking action. Take initiative today.” So I will also stop waiting for motivation to strike. That has been a regular excuse for making poor decisions in the past. Now that I am aware that I need to “act as if”, it will help me stop playing the “poor me” card.
As Dean Anderson says, “the main ‘enemy’ of motivation is the tendency to see yourself as the hapless victim of forces (or urges) over which you have no control.” It’s time for me to be the boss of me and own my decisions. I will be proactive and I know there are lots of motivational articles and posts that can help me. I will stop waiting for that bolt of motivation to magically strike. I will work on becoming a lot more proactive.
But I will also be kind to myself when I’m not perfect in my endeavors. I know that sometimes life will be one step forward and two steps back. I will not view myself as a failure for not being perfect. My plan is to continue to persevere and never give up, even though it looks like I’m wearing big holes in the carpet from traveling the same steps over and over and over.
So I'm taking 2014 a day at a time:
“Just do it – Do not wait till you feel like it. Just move your body through the motions like a robot if that is all you can do. Face the fact that some things do not inspire. It is nice to want to. But do not wait for the humor to hit you. Just do it.”
Best wishes to all for a successful, peace-filled, self-loving 2014. And when it rains, let's dance in the rain.