Monday, December 30, 2013
It seems like I do this quite a lot. I try, I fail, I start over. Then I try I fail and I start over. Somewhere I get discouraged, give up for a while, and then feel the desire to try again. Then the stresses of life take over and it feels too overwhelming to try to make myself healthy when everyone and everything else needs my attention. Then I have anxiety, doubt myself, decide it isn't worth it and sink to the bottom for a while. Then I see someone I know lose a bunch of weight, and how happy they are. I see the things I'm missing out on. I feel the fear of what might happen if I don't get the weight off, and I start to imagine what being healthy feels like. I find myself excited for tomorrow when I start a new exercise program, or plan out new recipes and it is like the day before Christmas or going to Disneyland. That fresh start is always so exciting.
And so I find myself here once again. A new year is quickly approaching, new BLC challenge as well as a Health challenge at work. And it is exciting, wondering what this New Challenge and New Year will hold. I know in order to actually succeed a few things are important.
1 - A belief I can actually succeed.
2 - A meal plan - so I don't just give into what is convenient
3 - An exercise plan, so I have a set time everyday and get it done.
4 - A good nights sleep to help me have the energy to keep up my plan
5 - Drinking lots of water, to help keep me feeling a bit more full, so I don't eat as much and it keeps my body healthy.
6 - A continuous desire to reach my goal
7 - No excuses
8 - Not being afraid to leave behind my comfort zone.
9 - Asking for help and leaning on others for support in my weak moments.
10 - Realizing I do have to take time for me and that I am worth it!
As far as accomplishments so far. I had lost a few pounds in the last couple of months, by cutting back on calories and not eating later at night. I know food is a hard one for me although the holidays have been a bit harder for me.
As far as my goals:
1 - Drink 8 cups of water a day.
2 - 30 minutes of exercise a day, and work up to 60
3 - 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night
4 - Track my food & plan out my meals....aiming to get 5 servings of fruits and veggies and staying in calorie range 5/7 days each week
5 - Doing something each day to de-stress (journaling, meditation, time to myself, etc)
I am looking forward to new goals, a new year, a new challenge and whatever 2014 might bring (hopefully good).