Friday, September 30, 2011
This quote came through my inbox this morning in a message from my Art&Design group on LinkedIn, "SLA Metrics: You Canít Manage What You Donít Measure".
The article (by Nicholas Colisto & linked to, below) started with, "Many IT departments pay lip service to establishing metrics used to measure support services. When they do create the metrics, they often just describe services without providing any methods of measurement. "
Now I'll be the first to admit that my eyes began to glaze over at the words "SLR Metrics", because I didn't have a clue what they meant. My caffeine levels were very near empty, and I considered hitting "Delete", but that quote in the title caught my attention so I kept skimming the article to see just how the IT world could possibly be linked on such a fundamental level to the weight-loss world.
The next string of words to stand out were, " It's worth taking the time to establish a comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA) that states the expected levels of service, how services will be measured, and how IT will communicate actual results."
I stopped weighing myself during my "break" because the scale and I had developed a VERY unhealthy relationship, but this article about IT business practices reminded me of the basic common sense of weight loss... "You can't manage what you don't measure".... Without weighing myself with any regularity, I pretty much made it inevitable that I would gain so much weight back because it allowed me to keep living in Obliviousland with my head stuck happily in the sand.
My bathroom brain lies to me... I HATE the way I look in most photos of me but when I'm getting ready in front of the mirror, I don't usually see with honest eyes all the weight on my face. It's sort of like reality TV vs. reality... Just like you can't believe everything you see on reality TV (edited for ratings), I cannot believe everything (good or bad) I see in the mirror (also edited for ratings)... So as much as I hate the idea of it - as much as it frightens me to re-introduce myself to the scale and regular weigh-in days, I realize it is a necessity.
What I need is to write up my own personal comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA) a sort of contract with myself that states MY expected levels of service to myself, how services will be measured, and how I will interpret and communicate the actual results.
So here is my personal Service Level Agreement:
I will focus on activities that lead to success rather than be consumed by the tools of measurement.
- I will weigh in every Monday & log for management
- I will ONLY weigh in once per week
- I will take my measurements once a month & log for management
- I will walk a minimum of 3x week (45 min. each) & log for management
- I will measure all servings
- I will monitor my water intake and increase it to a minimum of 6 cups/day.
- I will blog on Sparkpeople at least once per week.
- I will not let my self confidence (or mood) be dictated BY the scale
- I will applaud every # lost
- I will applaud every # not gained
I'm sure I will be adding to this as I go on, but for now I think it's a good start
Sunday, September 26, 2010
A fresh new reason to get/live/stay healthy... Little Katielynn...
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Okay, no more reasons - no more excuses... I made the move to Whidbey Island, I enjoyed myself at my son's wedding, and the taxes are paid... Now it's officially my turn again to put the focus back on what I NEED to do for ME.
I remember back to what the big motivator was for me in 2008 - I HATED the photos of me at my niece's 2007 wedding - I somehow had not noticed the reality of just how much weight I'd put on. Now I have photos of me at my son's wedding from this month, 3 years and 54 lbs lighter... and yet, I believe these new wedding photos will be my motivator for the 2nd half of the journey to my goal...
I'm taking stage-one baby-steps again to focus on re-establishing the little habits I know make a big difference (moving, drinking lots of water, and being mindful of the calories and value of what I'm putting into my body).
I've lost 61 lbs so far and yes, I've gained a few lbs back... I am finally feeling "adjusted" enough to the smaller size that it NO-longer feels small enough (which is fine considering I'm still considered "obese" by medical standards and as of today, I still have about 48 lbs I'd like to lose).
So onward and upward -- scratch that -- DOWNward we go!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
"Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
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