Monday, December 07, 2009
Everybody always waits til the New Year to set goals and quit bad habits and to start good habits. If I chose to wait til the New Year, I could potentially be 10 pounds or more heavier. My local YMCA started running a special last month. They would waive the initiation fee (as much as $100) on all new memberships. I just cancelled my Y membership in June that I had started under the same conditions because I felt I was too busy to use it. So I thought to myself that I would wait til after the holidays and join. I thought it would be useless to start it now and eat all this glorious food on the two month apart food eating holidays coming up. I made the wise decision to go ahead and set it up. I restarted my membership a week before Thanksgiving and actually worked out twice that week. I decided to make my Pre New Year's Resolution. I started exercising regularly and I have recently started eating better. I know, I should have done this earlier, but this time it's sticking. It's like I've come to the realization that something has to be done and it has to be done now. I don't know how I got this big. It seems as if it happened overnight. And I know that I don't want to get bigger and I don't want to stay the same for another day. I have started watching my portions. I haven't gone on a strict diet. Just this past weekend at work, a coworker brought in donuts and offered me one. I took one and as I was eating it I thought "this is really good, I better go get another one" but seconds after that thought, I thought "no, I won't get another one; this one satisfied my desire for a donut." And I did not go get another donut.The old me would have gone back for seconds and maybe even a third. I'm proud of myself. I understand that I will not reach my goal unless I am diligent and constantly seek it. I have also started taking my lunch to work. No more excuses to go to McDonald's for a Quarter Pounder. I'm not depriving myself of anything. I'm just adopting some heathier habits and making healthier choices. I recently read somewhere that if you deny yourself something you really like, it could lead to a binge when you do decide to eat it. Therefore, nothing is off limits. But just like with the donut, everything has a limit. Portion control. I've set a mini goal for myself I want to lose 10 pounds by January 1, 2010. I know I can make it if I keep the principles I've set. I'm not waiting another day to start. I'm living right now so right now is the right time. By April 21, 2010 I will be 50 pounds lighter. Starting right now!