Monday, February 11, 2013
Here I am listing some reasons my plans to get healthier fell by the wayside in the past and my strategies to stick to it for the next eight-plus weeks.
1. Making Time for Fitness
I have found it difficult to be consistent with exercise. Once I am started, and can see results, I am more motivated. I will get up early with my husband, before the kids, and do a thirty minute session in the basement at least three times a week. On the other days I plan to squeeze in activity with the kids- outside snowplay, pulling them in the sled, going swimming on the weekend, etc. I have a variety of strength training routines to try to keep me from getting bored, and I will find something I like in that process. This way I don't have to feel guilty about having someone "babysit" while I work out, and it should make it easier.
2. Letting Go of Perfectionism
"Don't let your slip become a slide" - I love that saying from weight watchers.
Just because I slipped up this weekend and ate junk and didn't follow my clean eating meal plan to the T does not mean I can't lose a pound this week, or feel better by weigh-in day! I am going to make a point of looking at what I have done well when I feel my inner negative nelly sassing me. So what if I had popcorn with butter! And I ate fries! I AM making progress! There is half an inch missing from my hips! And I ate clean for breakfast and lunch and felt energized!
3. Keeping Active on Spark
Being in the 5% Challenge keeps me excited- I can see everyone else's progress, I can feel competitive and squeeze in an extra ten of exercise, I can help others by encouraging them and reading their blogs. My sparkbuddy and sister are in the challenge too, so having some ladies to keep checking in with as well as my team should help me stay motivated and moving forward to a skinnier self.