Monday, June 15, 2009
It's coming up on two weeks of being conscious of what I eat and do (the "FastTrack" stage), and so far I feel motivated and ready to do this long term. I've lost 3 pounds already, and I'm confident that I can do more if I just up the exercise program.
THE GOAL: 80 pounds by Spring 2010. I know I actually need to lose more than that, but to be under 200 pounds for the first time since freshman year of high school would be absolutely amazing.
THE OBSTACLE: My biggest pitfall will be staying on track after overindulging. I need to realize that it is going to happen, but it doesn't mean that I'm a failure and the whole healthy lifestyle is worthless. A lot of times, I'll go to a party and eat four slices of pizza and think to myself, "Geez, I blew it, I guess I'm going to have to start all over again." And it's weeks or months of unhealthy living until I get back on track again. Instead, I need to say, "This hasn't been the best day, but I'll make up for it tomorrow." Getting off track shouldn't be an excuse to eat more and exercise less because it is "pointless."
FRAMING IS KEY: These two weeks were great in that I had two days where I did eat beyond my goals, giving into nachos and dessert, but I'm still here, where in the past I would have used it as an excuse to quit. It's about framing. I could put it two different ways.
I could say, "Two days over my calorie goals in two weeks is pretty good: that's like 85% on track!" OR
I could say, "I can't believe I went over 2000 calories twice. I'm never going to be able to stick to this.
REASONS TO DO THIS:
1. My health. I don't want to have high blood pressure and be at-risk for heart attack anymore. I want to live a long life, and fast fixes are just not worth it.
2. Appearance. I've sat idly by and bought larger pants everytime I gained weight. Here's been the progression: "Oh, a 14 isn't too bad... well, you can still get 16 in the regular section... hmm, at least 18 is the lower-end of plus-sized..." Well, now I'm a 22, and I want to be able to buy things that I like and that are fashionable. I don't want to be the only one on the bus with an empty seat next to her because someone would rather stand than be "squished."
3. Fitness. I want to run a mile without stopping, without feeling winded. I want going out for a walk, doing yoga, playing tennis, to be natural and second-nature to me.
LET'S DO THIS!