Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"I want you to look ahead to a future point in time when you have ACHIEVED your goal weight, your are living the healthy life-style you aspire to today, and you are STRONGER and FITTER than you've been in years. Take a moment to clearly see what choices you are making - what does your day look like? What are you eating? What workouts are you doing? How much time are you devoting EACH DAY to your health? Are you preparing your own meals at home? Are you working out once a day? Twice? At home? At the gym? Are you training for an event like a 5k? The new, fitter, healthier you - how does she prioritize her time? How does she make it work? How does she MAINTAIN all of your successes?
HOMEWORK - Write a blog that describes IN AS MUCH DETAIL AS POSSIBLE how you will maintain your success when you reach goal. What you will be eating, how you will be working out. How you will fit in the tasks that are necessary to KEEP the health you've worked so hard to gain. Not where you are NOW, but what you WILL be doing. At the end of your blog, where you have included as much detail as possible, I want you to write the following question.
"What can I do TODAY that will help me to create or enhance the healthy habits the "future me" will need to have?"
Then - answer that question. "
The future me will be at healthy weight - right now my goal is 140, but the number isn't as critical as getting to a point where I feel fit and healthy.
I will eat a well-balance diet centered around fruits/veggies (5 a day minimum), whole grains and lean protein with room included for occasional splurges and a piece of dark chocolate on most days. I will be drinking all my water (8 or more glasses) everyday and limiting my liquid calories.
I will be exercising 6 days a week, cardio either 5 or 6 days, ST 3 days and yoga 1 day. I will be able to keep up with everyone while hiking on family outings.
I will sleep well most nights - I'm looking for alternatives to chamomile since that's a no-no for those of us with ragweed allergies. I've found that rubbing a little lavender essential oil on my pillow helps most of the time, but not when I'm having sinus issues and can't smell anything.
I will take the time for daily Bible readings/meditation. It really helps my keep my perspective.
How do I get there? - By doing exactly what I've listed. That's what it will take to get me there.
Thanks, MB. This was a great thinking exercise.