Friday, October 05, 2012
Note to self:
You can do this! You are a woman that has been Blessed with good overall health, a supportive husband, and 4 wonderful dogs that like to be active and spend quality time with you. What more do you need. I realize in the past that you would decide to lose weight and really watch what you eat and start walking for a week or two and then you would stop writing down what you ate and not walk as often with some perfectly accurate excuse for doing so. Then you would wind up right back where you started with maybe a few more pounds to lose. Well this time is going to be different. You are reading The Spark and you just read about goals and how to set and achieve your goals. You just need to set some new goals for yourself that are unique, concrete goals are have a completion date. Since you have decided to start the 5% challenge you already have a weight lose goal.
Weight loss goal: lose 12.8 pounds in 8 weeks. (Oct 6- Dec 1)
Since exercise minutes are a part of the challenge you must also set a goal for yourself for completing daily exercise. No excuses. There is 24 hours, 7440 minutes, or 446400 seconds in every day and there is no reason that you can not take 15, 30, or more minutes every day to get in some form of exercise. Obviously walking is the go to exercise so that you can spend time with the dogs and they get some exercise as well but you also own an exercise bike, mini trampoline and oodles of fitness DVD's that you can use to change it up.
Exercise goal: Complete at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Now let's talk about journaling. I know that keeping a journal is just not your style. In the past you have started out writing down everything you eat and how much exercise you get along with maybe a blurb or two about how you feel or what you did that day and then it would fall by the wayside because you are just not the "writing" type. Well it is time to buck up and use some of the stubbornness you are so famous for to your advantage. Tell yourself that this is something that you must do for yourself and to keep yourself on track and just decide to do it ! Is should not be so difficult. You have every app known to the fitness world on your ipod touch as well as computer programs to help you. Pick a way and just do it! Consistently do it!
Journaling goal: Use "Lose it" on the ipod touch to log food every day. (Even if you eat something that you think you shouldn't). Sync it with your new fitbit for accurate exercise information. Also keep a notebook just to keep all information in one place. Maybe just total calories consumed, minutes and type of exercise and something about your day. Were you stressed, did you go somewhere special, etc.
Okay, now you have a plan of attack. But if I know you like I think I know you, after the first little slip up you will start with the negative talk. You must remember that every minute and every day is a new opportunity to start fresh. If something doesn't work out exactly like you think it should, get up, brush yourself off and start again. The ultimate goal is to keep going and make the scale have a downward trend. You can do this! Make good choices! Think of the goals and work hard. It will be worth it.
Now get moving!