Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I can't count how many times I've began again. Starting the journey is easy. You get fed up, and you vow to change your ways. You are absolutely brimming with motivation. This is it! You're going to do it! You begin to overhaul everything. You swear to yourself, "This time I'm going to do it! I'm going to only eat healthy food and exercise everyday!" And you throw yourself into everything full force, strictly watching everything you eat and working out like a demon. But before you know it, you are back to where you started, sitting on the couch, stuffing your face with your food drug of choice. What happened? Where did all of that enthusiasm and motivation go to?
This is the problem I have every time I embark on a weight loss plan. I let my enthusiasm get the better of me and plan to do absolutely everything right from the get-go. And after an (usually very short) period of time, I get burnt out and start to slip. In my world, slipping is failure. This is translated in my head as "well I already screwed that up so I might as well give up". Then I proceed to eat anything made of sugar located in my general vicinity. Like a vacuum. Just like that all my hardwork is undone. Even weeks of weight loss can be erased over the course of a few really, really, bad days.
With all that said, I'm going to take a different approach this year. Instead of focusing on the big picture (ie. where I would ideally like to be in terms of health, fitness, diet, weight, etc), I'm going to focus on changing small habits. Each month I'll have a couple smaller goals which contribute to my overall goal. This method is going to be beneficial for a few different reasons.
1. Smaller changes are easier. Sad to say, but I'm lazy when it comes to things I don't want to do. By making my goals easier, I'll be more likely to stick with them. Which leads to...
2. If I can stick with it long enough, I'll be able to make it into a habit. Then it won't matter that I don't like it, I'll just do it. This is the goal!
3. Even if I lose interest along the way, I'll still have adopted some (albeit small) good habits so the whole thing isn't a complete loss. I'll still be slightly better than I was before. And isn't that the goal of life! :)