Saturday, January 26, 2013
While I was doing some Spark Page updates I was thinking about all the blogs I've written over the years. Some blog postings went back as far as 2008. I've tried all kinds of approaches to blogging, daily, monthly, weekly, and so on. When I started to write blogs I felt like keeping them would be a nice reflection when I finally reach my goals. Of course pouring myself out on "paper" didn't really help me take any steps toward success even though each posting was heartfelt. Those same writings with their mixture of sadness, anger, frustration and whining which felt cathartic at the time, now just feel like a noose. A barrier if you will forcing me to stay in the past when all I want to do is step forward to the future. Baggage doesn't just weigh you down, it slows you down and can stop you from reaching your dreams. I had to reach a point where it was OK for me to let the past go and once I made that choice it seemed only natural for the old blogs to go too.
In letting go of the past, I also let go of those feeling that were holding me back too. Telling myself I needed something special, or waiting for that moment when I woke and said "Today is the Day". I feel very zen with myself lately and I know it is because I finally set aside all of that stuff. I stopped waiting and started doing. I didn't make a fuss about it or set up an unrealistic expectation, I just kept putting one foot in front of another. I set realistic and specific goals for 2013 and those goals don't hinge on fad eating or excessive exercise. Each day I do things that take me a little closer towards those goals. This year is my year and I've already gotten it kick started with a 10 lbs loss for the month.
In 2013, I will:
1) exercise 3-5x a week and eat no more than 1850 calories each day to lose 70 lbs and to weigh in under 200 lbs.
2) improve my cardiovascular fitness so I can complete 1 round of Turbo Fire
3) improve my muscular endurance, allowing myself to finish EA Active NFL Challenge
4) track my food and calories each day emphasizing protein and vegetables and limiting processed carbohydrates
This is just the beginning....