Monday, February 18, 2013

My goal this week is to be more consistent. How do I intend to accomplish this you ask?
Well, I'm glad you did because I'm happy to tell you. I am going to continue to journal (it helped me lose 5.8 lbs last week--more than I've lost any week so far!) Last week, I journaled Monday through Thursday. Then, I let it slide over the weekend. While better than normal, it's definitely something I need to improve on. So that's the big goal. What I would consider success is to track my food for 5 or 6 days. That would be as close to perfection as I could muster and it would make me really happy!
Minor to that, I want to keep up the good habits I've been practicing. Drinking more water, exercising, eating my fruits and veggies. I say minor, but really it's work. Some of the work is really in the preparation. Once I am prepared it's pretty mindless. It's that 30 minutes every night of cutting up the fruit and preparing the salad and then getting all the little things together that make those things a happier experience for the next day that really help me the whole week.
My second goal this week is to sit less, especially at home. My husband and I have really been working hard to get our house organized and get rid of things so we can be prepared when we move. We're not moving until we can get our finances in order but we want to be ready when we get there. And really, downsizing the stuff in your house is a big help with the money. But, there are a lot of days I come home, I workout right away (because motivation is fleeting) and then I'll just sit until I have to go to bed. I want to change that because overall it will be easier to maintain weight loss if I push myself to be more active in everyway and not just to exercise more. So there's that.
Aside from those things, I think I'm doing pretty well overall. My goal for the year is to lose 1lb a week for 52 weeks. Which fits in to today's theme. The point of the goal wasn't to lose 52lbs this year, although, I'd be ecstatic if I did. The point is to be consistent with developing my good habits. And to continue to push even when it seems like I'm not getting anywhere. I keep telling myself that.
About a month ago, I saw a facebook post from the Supplement Superstore, the poster said the things we always tell each other. Don't give up after a week or two or because the weight isn't coming off fast enough, etc. But the part that really struck me was to push for 5 or 6 weeks. A lot of times you won't see resuts until then. So I'd tell myself everytime I wanted a cookie and told myself no or everytime I got on the scale and it was up instead of down to wait, just another 4 weeks, just another 2 weeks. The results of your hard work are going to show up. And surprisingly (or maybe not) they did. After 6 weeks I have lost 7.8lbs, I'm ahead of my goal by 1.8lbs. I feel better, my clothes fit better, my attitude is MUCH improved and I'm happier. Plainly, I have much further in my journey to go before I transition into something else, but I really feel a million more times confident that I'll get to that transition than I did 6 weeks ago. I know the next time I go get my bloodwork done all my numbers are going to be better. And I'm really looking forward to the silly things that keep you motivated. New smaller sized clothes, telling people "what I'm doing"--that kind of stuff.
You think all this hard work will make me like mornings?
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