60,000-79,999 SparkPoints 60,523

Make It Happen

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but sail we must, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is only a month into the new year, and little has changed. I continue to make the usual ‘do’ lists, complete with goals and deadlines and I continue to sail right past most of them, only to put them on the next list. My heart’s desire is to break this pattern. I am puzzled that I can set a deadline to finish xyz project and successfully complete it, but have not been successful when it comes to my weight loss and fitness goals. It may have something to do with “doing the same thing over & over & hoping for a new result”.

I suspect my immaturity may be bleeding through. Truth is, I’d rather do something fun than exercise and I’d rather eat what I want than eat for my good health. (Ya think?) Bottom line; I’m not doing what I know I should be doing. It’s the girl behind the green eyes in the mirror to blame – no one else. There will always be something fun to do every day. I need to make ‘fun’ things a reward for doing the right things; kinda like getting dessert once I eat all my veggies. I think one of the things that trips me up is the duration of such a project as getting healthy.

My goal for the rest of February is to track all my nutrition, do 3 P90X workouts weekly, and have 3 hours of weekly cardio. Speaking of cardio, the elliptical is the only option I am able to do. It is time to stop dwelling on what I can’t do, and concentrate on what I can. Once I have done the days required exercise, I can move on to the ‘fun-ner’ things. No excuses. Saying that I will do it in the future is setting myself up for failure. I will accomplish my goal because I am DONE procrastinating. I read somewhere that your future self is even more likely to put it off than you are today because you’ve already established a pattern that putting off that important thing is okay. What that says to me is that I am no less likely to stop procrastinating in the future than I am today. I am taking control.

Is it time for you to quit depending on your future self to take care of things? Get out of Debt? Go back to School? Save for your kids College? Or Retirement? Get Healthy?
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Oh, I love your visuals, epecially the keyboard! I can so totally relate to starting the month off with great intentions. But I'm learning to put my health first and to ask for what I need in order for me to continue on my weight loss journey. The beauty of the journey is that we can create the result we desire by taking that first step! Let's do it@
    2690 days ago
    I think the hardest part of doing it...is getting up to do it. Once I start blank task it comes easy and I feel good about what I've done. Pushing myself over that hump is my biggest obstacle.
    2690 days ago
    BTRTHANEVA has a good point - and different exercises suit different folks. Perhaps Zumba may be fun for you - try looking for something either fun, or that you can do with another person... Consider what different things are available

    2691 days ago
    Change in this case will be good! If what you are doing is nit working something has to change. I know you can do it Lynne and I am here if you need me!
    2691 days ago
    The first part of getting those results is changing the same thing which hasn't worked. Change is difficult under the BEST of circumstances.

    But what's more important than good health? And once you get that workout done, don't you feel good? Once you get the right mindset, change becomes possible. Once you put those thoughts into action, change becomes probable. Once you add consistency into the mix, change becomes habit.

    2691 days ago
    For ME, when i don't finish a fitness goal, it is usually because i have been too lazy to get up and go do it. mentally i tell myself i am "busy" with more important things, but hey, what the heck is more important than my health?
    2691 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.