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New Year / New Me

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Don't you just love it when January 1st rolls around. We forget all of our failures of the previous year, and start out renewed .. believing that this will be the year that we are successful.

This year I seem to be a little more cynical about the magic of starting over .. or maybe I am just being more realistic. Sadly I know from experience that losing weight is not easy, I know too, that I seem to have some aversion to exercising on a regular basis and that I love foods that don't necessarily go hand in hand with my weight loss desires.

So, this year I have not repeated the same platitudes I have every other year (I will lose weight, I will reach my goal weight) but instead focused on a specific behavior modification goal, that if followed will most likely lead to weight loss.

My number one goal is to make exercise a part of my daily life. I can go for months without even thinking of exercise. If I'm not eating healthy why bother to exercise. It's not a logical conclusion, it's more of a perfect ideal. Why bother to do one, if you're not doing the other. To break up this thought pattern, I have decided to perform some sort of exercise for at least 30 minutes EVERY day.

That might seem harsh, but I am being realistic. I don't expect to slog it out at the gym every day, just do some form of physical movement that I would normally not bother with. For example, the past two nights I have sat on an exercise ball while watching tv. It may not seem like much, but it is better than lying on the couch as usual. I am trying to train my mind into accepting this new active lifestyle I have planned for my body.

I will be as gentle with myself as I would be with a baby taking its first steps, but I will also be just as determined that this is the way it WILL be, just as a baby must learn to walk, if they are to progress.

  


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