Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Whilst clearing out some cluttered drawers I came across an old letter I had written to myself, it had to be at least 15 years old. At least! The paper was even yellowed with age. It still holds true today. Here it is. The only changes I have made, those that are in brackets, are things to modernize it.
A new day, a new year, a new you. This is something you can do if your mind is ready. Forget any past failures. The past will never be again. Put it behind you. Take a deep breathe, admit to yourself that you, as a person, are worth every bit of effort that you're going to put into this, and take that first step. Slowly, step by step, you will reach your destination.
And SMILE!! This is going to be a great year. The first of many more to come.
Attitude.....The most powerful weight loss tool there is. With the right attitude you can overcome any obstacle.
Be POSITIVE.....There will be days when you will be less than perfect, but that only proves you are human. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect all the time. Just don't dwell on the slip. Forgive yourself and get back on track. But do it right away. Don't wait until tomorrow to start again. By waiting it'll just make you feel worse by the time the day is over. Be positive. Know that you can do this.
It's time to make a battle plan. Take a look at what you eat and what you do in a typical day. Eat a healthy diet rich in veggies, fruit, whole grains and lean protein. Cut back on fats, sugar and processed foods. You may want to pick up a pocket calorie guide (track your food on Sparks) to get an idea of where you can do better.
Exercise.....is very important as well. 20 minutes a day to start. You may want to break it up into smaller time amounts if you can't do it all in one go. Anything that gets you off the couch will work. Take a walk, ride a bike, do an exercise video. They're all great activities. You have to move it, to lose it.
Learn to truly love yourself as a person.
Make a game of it.....Time your walks. Try to shave a second or two off your previous time. Keep track of your mileage. Track that mileage on a map and try to walk across the country. Try to beat last month's mileage. See how many people you can say hello to. Count how many steps you take in a minute.
MAKE THE TIME.....There are 48 half hour blocks in a day. Your family can have 47 of them. Make one for yourself.
You have to really want this. More than cookies, chips, cake, or your soap opera. That's what VCR'S (PVR) are for.
I've rewritten this letter and posted it on my fridge, as a reminder. What was true then, still works today! I had written this when I embarked on a journey that lead me to an 84 lbs loss. Not all of that has been regained, but a goodly portion has. Now I'm back on that trail again. Hopefully I won't need to read this again in the future.