Saturday, January 15, 2011
It is said that it take 21 days to acquire a new habit. It is also said that most people are at their unhappiest in late January/early February. Why? Because people abandon their new year's resolutions.
Last year for me, the magic date was Feb 18th. After that, I left SP and did not log in again until this year. This year, I'm aware that I'm at high risk of abandoning my healthier eating and exercise plan in the next six weeks. I believe that if I can see this through to March 1st, that I will settle into a groove that can sustain me over time.
So how do I stay motivated? First, I created and hung up a collage in my room. My collage has pictures of Jennifer Hudson and other people who have transformed themselves through healthier habits. Everyday, when I get up, the collage is in full view. I also posted a virtual pic of myself at my ideal weight on my refrigerator. I also have post-it notes with life goals written out and posted on the door between my bedroom and bath.
Most of all, I keep reminding myself that I don't have to do the plan perfectly, just consistently. There are still some less healthy food choices in my eating, but I've made minor tweaks in other areas to compensate.
This morning when I got up and looked in the mirror, I noticed that my love handles looked a little smaller and that my stomach is not protruding as much. I did not expect to see results so soon, but I'm glad because it's keeping me motivated.
Still need to improve on the exercise, but I have faith I'll get there.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Went to bed last night at 10:30pm. I think I drifted off to sleep around 11:00 pm. Then, for some reason, I popped awake at 2:00am and was awake until about 3:20am. By 6:00 am, I was exhausted and couldn't get up until 7:30am. Needless to say I missed another exercise day.
I did weigh in and my disciplined eating is paying off--I'm down another 2 lbs. Despite my inconsistent exercise, at least I'm not totally sedentary. I have faith that I will get it together once I figure out why I keep waking up in the middle of the night.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
After the stellar day I had yesterday, I was hopeful that I would leap out of bed again this morning like superwoman. No dice. I popped awake at 4:10 am and couldn't get back to sleep until about 5:20 am or so. By the time the alarm went off at 6am, I couldn't wake up. I ended up rising at 7:00 am and rushing to head out the door and start my day. Bummer, because I got no exercise.
Still, I know I won't do this plan perfectly, but I still had some small victories. 1) I ate a healthy breakfast; 2) I skipped cookies, a giant chocolate candy bar and potato chips; 3) I cut down to one serving of alcohol and only ate small portions of the happy hour junk food; 4) my calorie count for the day was still under 1400 calories.
Not an ideal day, but still on track and doin' fairly well.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The week of clean eating is already paying off; today I feel sharp and really energetic. I didn't expect to see results so quickly. I've been reading up on nutrition and trying to ascertain what foods stoke energy and minimize depression. I think the exercise, the healthier foods, more water, and the vitamins are making a serious difference.
As I mentioned in my status update, I actually got up at 5:45am on a Monday morning with no problem, shoveled snow out of my driveway and was at the gym by 6:30am. For me, this is practically unheard of!
I plan to continue to read up on the importance of nutrition and to exercise, exercise, exercise. I actually mapped out a plan B and a plan C for exercise on those days when I can't drag myself out of bed before 7am. I'm thinkin' if I plan ahead, then life is going to interfere less with my clean eating and exercise program.
I also have figured out that last year, it's possible that I lost focus because I wasn't feeling good. It's hard to be optimistic when you're fatigued/anemic/depressed--whatever. If I can continue to stay energized and feelin' as good as I do today, then anything is possible.
Onward and downward!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Last year, I joined Sparkpeople and committed myself to dropping 45lbs, only to drop out after 7 weeks. This year, I am promising myself to log into this website no matter how motivated I feel. It's easy to be motivated in January--the whole country is dieting and exercising. The key is staying motivated once the newness of a healthier lifestyle wears off. For me, it's consistency; logging onto this website, reading blogs, reading articles, tracking my food intake, and positive self talk.
Life can sometimes get in the way of our best-laid plans. For me, 2010 was a rough year. Still, what I've learned is that instead of stopping self care when I'm emotionally distraught, its important to step up self-care. I've promised a few things to myself when my motivation wanes; 1) invest in a few personal trainer sessions; 2) get a 1 hour long full-body massage; 3) reach out to someone and ASK for help.
Too often, we save rewards for when we meet goals. Nothing wrong with that. But, when things get rocky--that's when we need the most pampering. I am hopeful that with this contingency plan, I'll be able to keep rowing when the waters get rough.
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