ASHLEYGALLAHER

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Setting Goals & Getting Started

Monday, February 10, 2014

I am so proud of myself. Friday night I told myself that starting tomorrow (Saturday) that I was really going to get to it. And I did right off the bat. I didn't let myself make excuses or try to get out of it.

I really want it. Mostly, because I want to believe that I can do it because I know I can. So, I set a steep first big goal and that is to be under 200 lbs. by my birthday May 15th. That's approximately a 43 lb. loss needed in 3 1/2 months. So, I got to bust my tail to make the goal. But, I WILL DO IT! BECAUSE I CAN... I will not let anything stand in my way.

Nothing is more important than my being happy and proud of myself and most importantly learning to love and respect myself. Every time I think about eating something that I shouldn't have I picture myself in the end happier & healthier and what it would look like. I tell myself mind over matter. I really think before I make any decisions... do I really need that or just want it? Am I hungry? Is there something better that I could eat/drink instead? I think CONTROL.

Every moment matters... every moment & choice makes a difference... every GOOD choice is one more step toward my ultimate goals and one more step in the right direction. If I add up all those little accomplishments, like saying no to a piece of candy that I don't really need or choosing water instead of soda or going to the gym knowing that the hardest part is getting myself there, but once I do I will be so happy that I did and will feel so good mentally and physically... every one of those little steps brings me closer to the ME that I want to be. The ME that doesn't hold back, lives life to the fullest, dreams big, and follows through.

So far, some of the goals that I've been meeting are drinking more water, eating more slowly, cutting portions, cutting out soda, exercising, not procrastinating, and most importantly, not letting the me now, beat the ME I will become.

Saturday I took all my post-it's and notes and combined them into one master list of to do's. Then, Sunday I set out to accomplish the most important things which were a lot. For the first time I didn't sit down in front of the t.v. and make excuses. I actually sat down and took care of it all. I felt so relieved and it took such a load off my shoulders. It felt amazing. I actually was able to relax a little.

I tend to put things off... in fact, I always put things off because either I'm afraid to face reality or because it is easier to just set it aside. It felt so good to cross things off my list. So, this was a huge accomplishment especially because stress is a BIG factor in why I'm so overweight along with my anxiety, OCD and depression. This was my first step to truly put into action my plan and to believe in myself.

Thank GOD for small changes because they lead to the BIG ones!
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  • SUMMMERTHYME
    I started again yesterday after regaining the 25 pounds I worked so hard to take off. Congratulatons to you for taking tis first step. emoticon
    2413 days ago
  • no profile photo MKRETIRED
    Congratulations.
    2413 days ago
  • RAPUNZEL53
    Good Luck!
    2413 days ago
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