I have a confession. I've been a bad Sparkie. Sure, I've been saying it out loud, "This is my goal. This is what I'm going to achieve." I've been believing that it will happen.
But I haven't been doing what is necessary to MAKE it happen. Today, all of that changes.
Today, I START telling myself the truth. I STOP lying about why I'm having these bad results, i.e. weekly gains instead of losses (Oh, it's just water weight. I'm bloated. It's TOM this week.)
I've been overeating everyday. Handfuls of walnuts. Raisins. Chocolate chips. UNDER-estimating my portions. (That means heaping servings into that little 1/2 cup or 1 tbsp measuring spoon... And still tracking it as a serving size.) All of this adds up, at the end of the week in my weigh-ins. And at the end of the winter, around my mid-section. And at the beginning of summer, when I go to put on my bikini and feel TERRIBLE.
SOLUTION: A meal plan, that I stick to. EVERY DAY. "I don't care if it's boring, self. You will eat it, and you will like it!" Because it's good for me. It's good for my body. It's balanced! It doesn't allow for any cheating! And it will get me the results that I want. Time to start respecting myself.
I've been lazy. Not in the sense that I'm not doing anything. I'm doing plenty of things. Sure, I'm making time to clean the kitchen, make the bed, cook, eat, do the dishes, etc. But I don't mind doing these things. In fact, I like them. They are easy for me. That's what makes me lazy. I need to take on the hard things, the ones that are conducive to forming good habits. The ones that set me up for success. Success takes careful planning. And persistence. Not, "Let me try this for a week, and if it doesn't work, I give up." No. Try: "Let me try this for a YEAR." And then, "Let me take on these habits as a lifestyle."
SOLUTION: Stick with the aforementioned meal plan. Giving up is not allowed. Do the things that count FIRST. This means, make sure all my meals are prepped so I have no reason to "get creative in the kitchen." This means, doing my homework before anything else, so there is no need to eat out of pure procrastination.
I know it won't be easy. Change is never easy. But if I want results, I have to change. Because what I've been doing hasn't been working. No more lies. All truth!