Monday, July 22, 2013
This has been a tough summer for me. As I wrote a while ago, I've been dealing with some personal issues that have taken a toll and added a whole lot of stress to my life over the past few months. I'm so happy that, even in the midst of everything that has been going on, I've still managed to maintain my weight. That's something I would never have been able to do before. That being said, I know my healthy habits need a real boost. I have been slipping, and I'm lucky to not have gained weight because of it. I know that in order to feel better, I need to take better care of myself both mentally and physically.
Luckily, I think the worst is over. I'm not experiencing the constant emotional turmoil that I used to a month or two ago. Things are getting better and I don't feel as anxious as I did before, and that's why I feel like this is a good time to re-focus on my weight loss and health. I really think that taking back control on my health would do me so much good. I'm a control freak, and not being able to control certain things that have been going on in my life lately has made me feel really powerless, so taking back control in the things that I can (myself) would be so beneficial!
So here's what I'm going to do. I'm setting new goals for myself. It's time to move out of maintenance mode and start losing weight again! My goal is to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year which would mean that I would weigh 130 pounds. This means I should lose about 6 pounds per month. I think it's doable! But even more important than my weight, I'm going to really make a commitment to exercising regularly (both cardio and ST) and making healthy food choices. The weight loss will follow for sure.
Here are my goals for the rest of July and for August:
- Do something active outdoors each day
- Track calories eaten each day
- Write in a journal / blog at least three times a week
- Cut way back on sugar (an occasional treat in moderation)
- Do strength training three times a week for 20 minutes
- Do yoga three times a week for an hour
- Lose 8 pounds by the end of August
I'm so excited about my new goals. I think they're perfectly doable and will help me build momentum for the future. I really need to do this! I know exactly what I want and need to do but somehow I've been coming up with excuses and neglecting my health. Well, no more of that! I'm ready to move on.
Have a fantastic week everyone!