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The time is now...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It has been a few months since I have last been on here. I lost focus and pray I can stay focused now. I am so low on energy and motivation. Sometimes I sit and wonder what happened to me. I really want to get fit and loose the weight. My older children have field trips in May and I am going with them... Orlando, Washington DC, and Mackinac Island (my personal favorite place to be). I have 120 pounds to loose (not before then, but I want to be on my way to looking and feeling great!) I have been thinking about goals for the last few days and this is what I have come up with. I decided to set my goals a little lower then what I would really like to see happen (because I tend to set my expectations for myself extremely high) so when I reach the smaller goal, I will stay motivated and not get discouraged. I am my own worst critic and have promised myself that I will not beat myself up for any setbacks that I may come upon... instead, I will keep on working. So, if my goal is to loose a pound a week, that is 52 pounds a year and I have lost over a third of my goal! How exciting is that?! So, that is my pounds lost goal... Now, for exercise, I need to get up and get moving at least 3 days a week. I would like to up that goal as I progress, but thought 3 days a week was not to much to strive for at first. Being that it is winter and I tend to be much less active in the winter, I am leaning toward using Spark People videos, I viewed one and liked it, so there that is. On to food... I fully know that I have a problem with food. I love food and love to eat... especially sweets. When I start, I just can't stop. I am setting a goal to make a menu and shopping list for each week. I will add in more healthy sweets so I don't feel deprived. I want to go meatless one day a week... Maybe a meatless Monday. I also need to make sure I am getting enough water every day. So... let's talk rewards! This is the best part. So, for every pound I loose, I will add a dollar to my weight loss fund. When I accumulate enough dollars, I will treat myself to a massage. I will have to check it out, but that will be about 30 dollars. For every two weeks that I exercise three days each, I will buy myself something new for my workouts (pants, shirt, shoes, sports bras, etc.). For every month I get my daily water and follow through on meatless Mondays, I will add $50 to a fund for vacations clothes. Okay, there you have it, my goals and rewards... The time is now! Not tomorrow, not yesterday, no more excuses, no more telling myself lies. Being that tomorrow is Monday, we got meatless (guess I will have to save that pot roast for Tuesday, I think we are going with the potato soup recipe that was sent to me a couple days ago!) emoticon
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    Thank you for the votes of confidence, they mean so much! I know I really need to be on here to stay on track and motivated, it is a part of the goal as well. Meatless Monday is going great!
    1922 days ago
    you can do this. Setting smaller goals is a good idea. I did the same thing. I have about 100 pounds to drop so I broke it down. I also beat myself up when I fail with dieting. I don't do that with any other part of my life so I decided this time it would be just like anything else. Just keep going, Look at the good things you have doone and praise yourself for those instead. It has helped me. I want this to be a lifestyle change and not just a weight reduction. I put a picture on my fridge (actually 2), one that was my defining moment and a pic of where I want to get back to. It's a big motivator. It's hard but I have done other things harder and never gave up. We can do this too.
    1922 days ago
    Glad you have found your way back.
    Stick around - make it a goal to log in every day, even if it's just for a little while. Use the food tracker. Great tool to stay on track.

    Good way to start with baby steps. Take it easy, do what you can.
    You can do this!
    1922 days ago
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