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The Future Me

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"I want you to look ahead to a future point in time when you have ACHIEVED your goal weight, your are living the healthy life-style you aspire to today, and you are STRONGER and FITTER than you've been in years. Take a moment to clearly see what choices you are making - what does your day look like? What are you eating? What workouts are you doing? How much time are you devoting EACH DAY to your health? Are you preparing your own meals at home? Are you working out once a day? Twice? At home? At the gym? Are you training for an event like a 5k? The new, fitter, healthier you - how does she prioritize her time? How does she make it work? How does she MAINTAIN all of your successes?

HOMEWORK - Write a blog that describes IN AS MUCH DETAIL AS POSSIBLE how you will maintain your success when you reach goal. What you will be eating, how you will be working out. How you will fit in the tasks that are necessary to KEEP the health you've worked so hard to gain. Not where you are NOW, but what you WILL be doing. At the end of your blog, where you have included as much detail as possible, I want you to write the following question.

"What can I do TODAY that will help me to create or enhance the healthy habits the "future me" will need to have?"

Then - answer that question. "

The future me will be at healthy weight - right now my goal is 140, but the number isn't as critical as getting to a point where I feel fit and healthy.

I will eat a well-balance diet centered around fruits/veggies (5 a day minimum), whole grains and lean protein with room included for occasional splurges and a piece of dark chocolate on most days. I will be drinking all my water (8 or more glasses) everyday and limiting my liquid calories.

I will be exercising 6 days a week, cardio either 5 or 6 days, ST 3 days and yoga 1 day. I will be able to keep up with everyone while hiking on family outings.

I will sleep well most nights - I'm looking for alternatives to chamomile since that's a no-no for those of us with ragweed allergies. I've found that rubbing a little lavender essential oil on my pillow helps most of the time, but not when I'm having sinus issues and can't smell anything.

I will take the time for daily Bible readings/meditation. It really helps my keep my perspective.

How do I get there? - By doing exactly what I've listed. That's what it will take to get me there.

Thanks, MB. This was a great thinking exercise.
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    Great blog, Sue! I often visualize what I will be when I get to goal -- and it's interesting how many things I will be able to do that I can't do now. I try to call up that image when I'm tempted by treats or laziness.
    2213 days ago
    Sue I have to agree with Seven this exercise was emoticon and it really flipped the switch for me and her. Looks like it did for you as well.

    Why wait until the future the future is the next 30 seconds of our life so we are already almost in the future. So no need to wait, to wait is to procrastinate (which I can be very good at). Lets kick our healthy selves up a notch or ten and Get er done.....

    Love the simplicity of your plan. I have always loved the K.I.S.S. method for doing things. So lets Keep It Simple Sweetie and we can accomplish anything.

    2225 days ago
    I love this exercise, and your answers. It is very well-thought out, simple, and achievable. I know you can do it, Sue!
    2225 days ago
  • -SEVEN-
    Sounds like a great future. I thought this exercise was awesome too! Really got me to stop what I was doing (wrong) now, as my future self wouldn't be "doing" that! So much for someday... it's here now! emoticon
    2226 days ago
    I love your post. What a wonderful vision of YOUR future. I know personally that when I allow any of those items to fall from my daily plan I suffer for it.

    I have been reading through the Psalms lately and sort of making up my own tune to them. It's very soothing to the soul and always leaves me with great hope and peace.

    May your vision soon be your reality!

    Press On! emoticon
    2226 days ago
    Love it sweetie - such a clear picture! And, for sleeping - have you tried melatonin? That's what my nutritionist recommended for me and it really helped. You are doing GREAT and will continue to do so! HUGS!
    2226 days ago
    Sounds great ! good luck !
    2226 days ago
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    WOW thanks for the challenge
    2226 days ago
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