Hi everyone! I want to share my success with you because I am hoping that what has worked with me can help you.
Just weighed myself and I've lost 3 lbs since Jan 1. YAY!
I usually get hyped up about eating right and losing weight and try to do intense, difficult workouts at first. I ultimately burn myself out in a few weeks and then end up in the same rut of eating badly and not doing any exercise. I decided to make up a plan for 2008 where I set myself up for success rather than doing the usual burn out plan. I made the rules very simple for me to stick to and I made up goals for myself that I could attain even when circumstances are stacked against me (the baby is crabby or if it is a weekend where my hubby is home and the routine changes, etc).
My goals are:
1. have my 8 glasses of water a day. I measure this in a large 32 oz Nalgene bottle that I keep in the fridge. I can just keep filling my glass and it's easy for me to keep track of drinking 2 of these a day.
2. I have a glass of V8 each day. This keeps me mindful of my goal of eating more fruit and veggies. It makes me focus on doing something good for my system.
3. I do 10 minutes on the treadmill. I started by walking for 10. Then I started a 30 second run at the 4 and a half minute mark. I've progressed this to doing 3 - 15 second runs at the 3, 5, and 7 minute marks. I am going to gradually increase my time on this as well. I've made a rule though that all I HAVE to do is 10, because 10 is better than nothing. It seems like a joke to have a goal of 10 min/day. But if you add that up, it's 70 minutes of focused exercise per week that I did not do prior to Jan 1, so it is a success.
That is all I started with, but since then, new "rules" have come up. I don't eat chocolate or candy during the week. Sunday, I can have whatever I want. Turns out, I don't really want that much chocolate on Sunday anyway. Almost like I don't crave it anymore. A friend invited me to go to Aquasize with her so I started going. That is helping too. I love belly dancing. I'd way rather do that than treadmill, so I give myself credit for doing some belly dancing as exercise during the day (the baby thinks it's hilarious too).
This success has even spilled over to my "work" life. I make jewellery (or try to when the baby is napping) and there are many days when I just can't get it together to go down to my studio and do anything. I've set a mini goal that I do something jewellery related for at least 15 minutes a day. As with my treadmill goal, it isn't much, but it's better than nothing! And it's working.
So I hope this can help you too. You don't have to jump in headfirst and start doing 60 min workouts a day right off the bat (I've tried that, and I get discouraged from the start). You can do it slowly and build up.
All the best to you! I hope this helps!
"It's vital to remember who you really are. It's very important. It isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong" - Rincewind in Sourcery by Terry Pratchett