Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I was going to title this "A New Beginning (AGAIN)," but decided not to because that implies failure. It speaks to the fact that I have not been successful in reaching my long-term goals, and that's pretty depressing. So instead, it's just "A New Beginning." Period. It doesn't matter how many times you start over, as long as you keep trying. There's some kind of Chinese proverb that goes something like "Fall 7 times, get up 8." I just gotta keep going until something sticks.
My latest adventure was starting Weight Watchers again almost a year ago. My husband joined with me, but only had about 15 pounds to lose. That came off pretty quickly for him, and then his eating habits changed, and so did mine, unfortunately. I had lost 30 pounds, but have gained it all back. I'm essentially right back where I started. I like to blame my husband's habits for my own, but deep down, I know I can't. He's not forcing me to put the food in my mouth. We didn't really change what we were eating, just that we stopped paying so much attention to it. It's really all just an excuse. And I keep trying to remind myself to "Be Stronger than your Strongest Excuse." Because I probably have a million excuses.
I've been trying to get myself to go back to WW, but now that my husband has stopped going, and also because the fall is a very busy time of year for me, I've found it hard to go back to the meetings. I'm still paying for it, though, which will hopefully change soon if I can re-commit to SP. I've always liked the SP site, especially how easy it is to connect with other SP'ers. In WW, you go to the meetings, sit there, but don't really make friends. And then there's no daily contact. Anyway - I'm rambling.
In a nutshell, here's what I'm going to do...
There are three major goals that I am starting with:
1. Write down everything I eat every day, no matter what.
2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
3. Exercise for at least 10 minutes daily.
I know from experience that these three things are the keys for me. I am going to reward myself with $1 for every item I do per day. So I could get up to $3/day. Then at the end of the month, I'd have about $90 to spend on myself. Considering I already spend that much on fast food every month, I can swing it. The idea is to replace bad habits with good and get myself back on track. I am also going to try and blog every day, because I think doing that helps me keep my thoughts going in a more positive direction.