New Year's Intentions *warning: BL-style BEFORE pics included*

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I recently heard someone talk about their dislike of New Year's Resolutions in that there are certain things that just cannot be resolved, and that instead of resolutions per se, they state their intentions for the new year. That struck a chord with me. Taking a page from their book, I am hereby stating my New Year's Intentions as they pertain to health and weight loss.

I intend to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

I intend to take my vitamins and drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

I intend to track my food daily-even if/when I do not eat according to plan.

I intend to do some form of exercise 1 hour/day.

I intend to lose at least 52lbs this year.

I cannot really function with less than 7-8 hours of sleep, I've made the vitamins a part of my morning routine now, and I usually drink at least 10 glasses of water a day anyway, so those intentions will be easy to follow through with.

I don't mind tracking when I've eaten well, but I seem to avoid it completely when I haven't. Part of holding myself accountable is tracking everything I eat, no matter how (un)healthy the food was. I guess it's part of the "if I don't see it/track it, it didn't happen" mentality-but if I get on the scale and it doesn't go down, I want to be able to look at my food tracker and be able to say "oh, that's why" or "well, it wasn't because of the food this week" and really know and be aware of what I'm putting in my body. This is going to be the most challenging intention for me because food is my major issue when it comes to weight loss. I feel that if I make this a priority though, I'll be holding myself accountable every single time I put something in my mouth and moreover, I'll be wanting to make sure that what I'm eating is healthy because I'm going to HAVE to track it and see it in print. This will be challenging, but I intend to follow through!!!

I realize that some may look at my intention of exercising at least 1 hour/day as excessive, but I really do love being active. Even if I don't go to Zumba or do some activity at the gym, I'm either hiking or walking around a nearby golf course (5k) with a friend. And I just bought a swimsuit and goggles so I can take advantage of the heated pool at my gym as well, so I really feel that this is going to be easy to follow through with as well.

Now. As long as I am following through with all of these intentions, theoretically, I should be able to lose weight at a slow and steady pace. As such, if I average a weight loss of 1lb a week, losing 52lbs this year is not unreasonable. I've readjusted my goal to be 175lbs by my 33rd birthday (June 2014) and losing 52lbs this year will be on pace for that.

If you've read this far, you'll realize that I mention "following through" a bit. Why? Let me tell you-I am the best Starter there is. I will roll up my sleeves, gather all the necessary magazines/healthy foods/workout gear/you name it and get started on a project/resolution/intention/c
hallenge/etc like no other. I'll START so hard you don't even know! I LOVE starting.

But I am also the biggest flake/non-follow-through-er when it comes to projects/goals that I am working on purely for myself.

Work? I got this. I'm rather proud of my work ethic. That assignment you need me to finish will be done hours before you need it and I will have paid so much meticulous attention to detail there'll be no need to double-check my work.

School? Piece of cake. I've been a classic overachiever in the land of academia my entire life. (Though I am a bit nervous about starting grad school-but mostly excited!!!)

But when it comes to weight loss and my health-I have started and stopped. And started and stopped. Rinse and repeat. So. Many. Times.

And let's just take a quick little gander into my closet over here. What's that? Oh yes-those clear containers?

Yes, those are each full of clothes I've either worn at some point in my life or purchased because "I'll fit into this someday" and yes, thank you, they are separated by size. One for 18, 16, 14 and under? Yep. Why yes, you're right-those ARE just like the small containers under my bed, thank you for noticing. You’re so observant!

And that coat that's hanging?

That coat that I sat in traffic for and drove over 2 hours the day before Thanksgiving to go 20 miles to that one Target that carried it because 7 others did not and I couldn't purchase it online and I HAD TO HAVE IT? That coat that ended up not quite fitting and that I still purchased and my boyfriend asked me why in the world I would keep it? I LOVE that coat. And yes, I will be wearing that this year on December 31st, thankyouverymuch. Yes, I need that out where I can SEE it because I WILL be wearing it on New Year's Eve. And I will be posting a picture when that time comes around.

I really should rename my closet into my Incentive Closet because quite frankly, the majority of clothes in there are too small for me right now. BUT. I intend to be wearing clothes from at least 1-maybe 2 of those containers by the end of the year.

And now come the before pictures. And measurements. I am actually fully embracing (yet still cringing) putting these up as this will be my point of reference to which I will compare all future success.

Current Measurements:

Chest: 48''
Waist: 44''
Hips: 51.5''
Thigh: 32''
Upper Arm: 17''

I'm 5'9'' and currently wearing a size 20 top and a size 20 bottom.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my starting point. I look forward to following through with my New Year's Intention to follow-through. =D
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    Great goals and it sounds like you have actions in place to obtain them. I can't wait until New Year's 2014 and the updated new you. Mindset is half of the battle when losing weight and you sound like you are ready.
    1888 days ago
    emoticon You can do it! Last January I decided to make 2012 the year I took back control, and I did. So can you!!!
    1889 days ago
  • LISAN0415
    P.S. You are a beautiful and lovely woman!

    1889 days ago
  • LISAN0415
    Great goals!

    That's awesome that you are taking progress photos- you will see a difference soon!

    Keep tracking your food and you will see, results are coming!
    All your goals are healthy and realistic, and I wish you all the best for reaching them this year!

    1896 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COAT. I understand the drive/buy anyway mentality completely.

    These are great goals!! I have also started tracking everything, even on days that I totally blow it. When I look back and wonder why I didn't lose any weight in September, I see it is because I track for like 60% of the month. Hmm...those were all binge days it seems emoticon But now, seeing what I did yesterday, last week, etc keeps me on track to be in range, rather than continue the spiral and not bother tracking.

    So glad you are on here!! Looking forward to the pic of you in the coat...who knows? By NYE it may be too big emoticon emoticon
    1897 days ago
    JEN YOU'RE BACK YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    k you for the lovely comments, it made me so super happy to see your FACE!!!

    I love love LOVE your goal list and enthusiasm. That tracking even when I've overeaten thing has been really key for me; quitting tracking because I'd overdone it was why I kept quitting and restarting weight watchers, but when I started SP I really wanted my pie charts and bar graphs to be accurate, so I track everything even holiday dinners and even a recent binge! DO IT!!! It will really help over time.

    And I know you're cringing, but I love that you went ahead and posted pictures (ME TOO! I cringed at my "before" photo, then went "well, up it goes!!" hahaha!) and do you know what I love best about them??? No, not that you're so brave and not your workout outfit or your blue sandals or even your cute glasses. It's your GREAT BIG SMIIIIIIIIIILE! I want to moosh you. So cute. emoticon emoticon

    1897 days ago
    Congratulations on being brave with your photos. Here's really hoping you follow through on all your good intentions this year. Remember - you can't fail until you give up.
    1897 days ago
  • ADELE66
    I will look forward to seeing a photo of you wearing that coat!!

    1898 days ago
    Good luck with your new year's intentions! Love that idea- much better than a resolution. I have a closet full of clothes that don't fit, too. Frustrating & motivating at the same time.

    1898 days ago
    You will be SO GLAD you took these pictures a year from now!! I didn't take 'before' pictures (I didn't want to get CLOSE to a camera in those days) and I truly regret it now!! emoticon emoticon
    1898 days ago
    The pictures--so brave!! I was willing to go for it, but my daughter refused to take the pictures if I did!!

    Ummm...could you come do my closet now?
    1898 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2013 6:21:41 PM
    When you are ready, I recommend sharing your fitness and nutrition trackers. It can be really helpful to get feedback from others when you are struggling, and when we can see what you are actually doing, you are more likely to get concrete, useful suggestions.

    That little extra level of accountability is something that I've found helpful too. Just knowing that someone *might* look at what I've been eating keeps me a bit more on track.

    1898 days ago
    Good start!

    That coat is totally not my style...but I think that I might covet it. :)

    You are very lucky to have smaller clothes waiting. I've never been one to buy or hang on to a lot of stuff, so getting new clothes has been a big problem in my journey from size 24 to size 12. The only plastic box in my closet is labeled "too big" and that's where clothes wait for their journey to the thrift store.

    Your plan sounds great, but it's a bit light on details related to exercise. What are you going to do to keep yourself engaged for an hour a day?
    1898 days ago
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