Friday, June 25, 2010
When I read the "Reflections" email this morning it really hit home. When we set up our goals here on SP, did we really think about what it would take to achieve them? Sure we knew we wanted to lose "X" number of pounds, but what was it going to take to get there? Hard work, that's what!
In order to get to that goal, we have to be willing to put forth the effort to make it. Is it going to be easy, no and some days will be harder than others. But we have to work at it. We have to be willing to make lifestyle changes that are going to stay with us for the long-run. That means we can't create an exercise program, work it til we get to a certain point on the scale and then discontinue it. It's a work that has to continue to make it a long-term lifestyle change. Same thing with our eating habits. We have to work at changes to make them a part of our life.
The hardest work may be on our attitude. It can be hard for us to be realistic about the time needed to make changes that stick. We didn't put ourselves in this unhealthy state overnight. It happened over time. The same will be to reach goals and make permanent lifestyle changes. We have to have an "I won't quit" attitude. We have to be accountable to ourselves.
So, what are some things we may have to do in this new work?
Get up an hour earlier so we can get in at least 30 minutes cardio and have some breakfast.
Make a healthy lunch to take to work.
Learn healthier cooking methods.
Eat out less often and when you do eat out, check out the restaurant's online nutrition info.
Learn, and help others around you learn, to make celebrations center around something other than food.
USE THE NUTRITION AND FITNESS TRACKERS.
These are just a few things that will need to be worked on while making your lifestyle changes and achieving your goals. But, the important thing is that you evaluate what you'll need to do, get started and hold yourself accountable. We can do this, it will take work, but in the end it will be soooooo well worth it!