My motivation: right in front of me
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Since reaching my goal weight I've been a bit lost in my quest for new motivation. I have exercise goals but they don't stop me eating those 1, 2 or 3 extra treats that 'aren't really going to make THAT much difference'. I know I want to tone up but that's too vague.
As I was lying, wrapped in several unknown sticky substances, a piece of tin foil and some warm blankets in the spa room (complete with cucumber on the eyes), it hit me that the thing I really, really...really want is a flat stomach. Ever since believing it was actually achievable sometime last year, I've tried really hard NOT to focus on it and see it as a side product of all the other good work: if I eat the right things, burn the fat, tone up the muscles and keep an eye on my weight number, the flat (nicely muscled) stomach will come in due course.
But while this is theoretically true, it's actually dreaming about that flat stomach that will help keep my hand out of the cookie jar (and the brownie jar, and the bread and butter pudding jar, and the overly-sugared granola jar...) And I feel so much better now I have motivation again! It really does work when there's something you want more than the cookie (ok not every single time I'll admit, but often enough).
So my goal is to have a flat stomach by the end of July. I've no idea if that's realistic but it's an arbitrary date that is not too short and not too long. I'm going to measure myself every single morning so that I can take the inevitable fluctuations into account, and I'm measuring at my belly button rather than waist or hips, as that's actually what I care about.
Starting size on Friday = 33.5 inches
Goal size by 31st July = 31 inches*
*Very technically estimated by sucking everything in and guessing what flat looks like!
I'm EXCITED about this journey again!!