Wednesday, November 02, 2011
During my Decluttering-palooza last month, I came across 9 different notebooks I had kept that dealt with my weight loss over the years. That's right 9! There were notebooks centered around various weight loss books I had read. Bob Harper's Are You Ready? Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism, Geneen Roth's Women Food and God, 2 notebooks devoted to Weight Watchers information and 1 Notebook that was a mish-mash of magazine clippings. I also had 2 binders full of pages of recipes, workouts & motivation torn from magazines. Is it any wonder why my thoughts have been so scattered?
I decided to take all this information and go through it to see just what I had there. First I went through the magazine pages. I got rid of the ones that I knew I would never look at again. The rest were separated into piles for Strength Training Workouts, Yoga Routines, Running information, Recipes, Motivation and other Workout Routines. I bought some binder folders on clearance in different colors and gave each pile it's own folder. Now when I'm looking for a certain article I know exactly where it is.
Next I got myself a very pretty silk covered journal and went through those 9 notebooks and transferred any information that I thought I wanted to keep to the new journal. 3 hours later, I only used about 10 pages of the new journal. There was so little of that information that applied or even interested me. As a matter of fact, a lot of the info was the "Let's look at your past and see why you're overweight" variety from books by Bob Harper, Geneen Roth, etc. Here's what I learned from that. You can write about it, you can analyze it, you can think deep thoughts about it, but until you get off your ass and do something about it, it pretty much means nothing!!! So I'm putting together my plan that will get me off my ass and doing something about it!!
I also found some serious motivation. First I picked up a copy of "The Skinny Rules" The first rule is believe that you can do it. That one hit home, especially when I found in middle of all this clutter a print out from My Virtual Model (link below). So I jumped on the computer & started playing. I recreated my model to be the me I want to get to and then I dressed her in running gear, casual clothes, a little black dress and even a bikini. I printed out every one of those images and laminated them (yes, I'm just that anal!) It's like having a snap shot of the future. Seeing my destination makes if feel so much more possible!
I'm making tons of progress and I intend to have my Workout and Nutrition plans in place by the end of the week. For the first time ever, I feel like I'm on the right path because I'm the one building the road!