There is no way to put it off. We can't avoid it. It just happens. The month is anew and it is a mile marker for weight loss communities around the world.
I want to know what August is going to be for you. What will it look like? Yeah, I seriously want to know!
For me, this picture sums it up pretty well:
I am going to continue to eat fresh, quality food.
I am going to continue to build my endurance in terms of exercise.
I am going to lose weight.
Please note the following things that are NOT going to happen this month:
I am NOT going to ban myself from all the foods that I love.
I am NOT going to work out so intensely that I burn out before the first week of the month is complete.
I am NOT going to be so strict and starve myself to have a double-digit weight loss month.
Here are some specific goals that I have for August, 2012:
I am going to wake up 30 minutes early and use at minimum 10 of those minutes to be active.
I am going to always have lettuce or spinach in the house with other fresh fruits & veggies.
I am going to complete my final Color Run for 2012 on August 24th.
Let me explain these a little bit. If you are bored of this blog, comment now and move on to the next... this might get a wee bit long.
First, I started up with
(this time around) in January, 2011. When I started, I committed to the 10-minute Spark Streak that SparkGuy talks about in the book. I was on day 42 when I came down with walking pneumonia. Yeah, seriously. I honestly know that laziness was the reason that I never fully went back to the Spark Streak for success.
Back in 2011, I was losing weight well and I had so much energy. I know that I can contribute that to the morning workouts. I know that this is easy for me to accomplish, so that is my goal this month. (Yes, it is August 1st and I did 10+ minutes today!!)
Next goal is all about the freggies.
As of late, I have let the other people that I live with go grocery shopping. I figured that since I work full time and they don't that I can trust them to handle it. What I forget is that they can live on junk food and I don't want to. I am taking back control and I am committing to eating at least 1 serving of veggies before every dinner - specifically romaine lettuce/spinach.
I love salads and it always makes me feel more satisfied when I have a salad before a meal. I think it comes down to the fact that my mom never served us salad as a kid, but we would always have it with holiday meals. I now associate salads with eating large meals (even if I don't!). I ALWAYS feel more satisfied with I have salad with my meal, so why not do that? I don't really even need any dressing, so it's a no-brainer for me.
Finally, the Color Run. This is something I committed to back in June and I am glad that I did. Having these runs scheduled helps me keep on track with fitness. They are AMAZING motivators and the people there are so supportive and caring! If there is ever a Color Run in your vicinity (I drove 1.5 miles one way to go to the last one!!) please sign up - you will NOT regret it!!
On a personal note, August will be an emotional month. It's my last month of being a preschooler's mommy. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten in September. I always told myself that I would be to my goal weight by that day... but I can't let that goal stop me from progress. I have done that too many times and I love my life too much to leave it earlier than I should.
Have a great August, all ... and be sure to keep in touch!!
PS - Next blog will have personal pictures, PROMISE!