Goals, not resolutions - it's all semantics
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
As promised – a positive hopeful blog to follow the pathetic whiny one last time.
I weighed in this morning at a whopping 232.4. I’m pretty sure the extra 2 pounds from earlier in the week were because I had a few drinks last night and that always shows up on the scale. Still though, YIKES! I am now officially 102 pounds over my high school weight. I reset my ticker, redid my measurements, and reset most of my streaks. 2012 was a bad year, but it’s time to own it and move on.
I didn’t plan to do resolutions this year, but I am setting some goals. I guess it’s really the same thing. Somehow though a RESOLUTION seems scarier and more pressure-inducing than a goal. So goals then:
My overall goal for the new year is to lose 52 pounds in the 52 weeks of 2013. Would I really rather lose the 84 pounds that would put me to my goal weight? You betcha! One pound a week seems more doable and more realistic. I know that some weeks I won’t have a loss at all, or even a gain while (hopefully) other weeks I will lose more than one pound. All in all I just hope it balances out and that a year from now I am staring 180 in the face. 180 is my nemesis. That’s my driver’s license weight, and I’ve been there a few times and just can’t seem to get past it. By this time next year I’ll have to face it again. For now though, I just want to see the other side of 230.
I’m going to start with baby steps. It seems like whenever I throw myself in whole hog I get discouraged and give up. So this is a year of baby steps and building blocks to get to where I want to be. I have three step this month.
1. Water – this is sometimes the easiest thing for me, but it seems like when I get stressed or tired I head for not water. My commitment to myself is a minimum of 64 ounces of water every single day, and 96 ounces on most of those days.
2. Exercise – 30 minutes 3 days a week. I know that seems like a tiny bit compared to some of you all who put in a mini-marathon before breakfast and then start your real workout. For me though, this is better than what I’ve been doing. I had to drop my Curves membership, and haven’t found a good replacement so I've been doing nothing lately. That's about to change.
Yesterday we found a used recumbent exercise bike at a thrift store so that now has pride of place in my living room. Not very attractive, but it’s quiet, doesn’t require the tv (so other people can watch what they want instead of an exercise video), I don’t have to jump around like a fool so I don’t mind if other people watch me workout, and it doesn’t require and special equipment, clothing, or training. So I will ride the bike, walk on the Dreadmill, walk outside, swim, or do an exercise video a minimum of 3 days a week. No more excuses.
3. No nighttime snacking – My third goal is to keep my pie hole shut after supper. One of my biggest problem areas is mindlessly working my way through a bag of carp while watching tv or reading in the evenings. From now on, that’s not allowed. If I plan for desert after supper, that’s fine - but no more just eating to eat. If I’m truly hungry, fresh fruit and veggies only are allowed.
I will be tracking my food, but not a stickler about it. I think that will be February’s first goal.
So how did day one go? 3 refills of my 32 ounce bottle (96 ounces), 20 minutes on the bike with a 10 minute abs video planned as soon as I log off, and since “supper” was at 3 o’clock today I have a bowl of oatmeal and an apple planned for after the video.
Happy New Year to all of you. May you find peace and joy this year.