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Keeping Promises to Myself

Friday, August 12, 2016

I'm reading a really good book these days called Extreme Transformation by Chris and Heidi Powell (the trainers on Extreme Body Makeover) and I am really enjoying it. The eating plan consists of carb-cycling, which I've found to be filling and easy so far. What I love most about the book though, is the depth that the Powell's delve into holding yourself accountable. This means-


It was a huge wake-up call to realize that I've proven myself completely myself. How many times have I said "I promise I will get on track tomorrow?" Or "I promise I will eat perfectly every day!" Or "I definitely will workout every single day!" Too many times to count. But how many times have I kept those promises? least not for long.

I had to ask myself, "Would you break that many promises to your best friend? To your husband? Your children?" Of course not. I pride myself in being a trustworthy person in life, but I had to confront the reality that I'm not trustworthy to the one person who needs to matter the most...ME.

What I learned from the book is that I need to KEEP the promises I make to myself, because every single time I break a promise, I lose my integrity. I tell myself I will make changes and get healthy, but even I don't believe it DEEP DOWN. So while I'm eating well, tracking all of my calories and nutrients and exercise into My Fitness Pal, I'm REALLY focusing on keeping promises to myself.

Here are the promises I've made to myself so far:
1.) I will follow the eating plan.
2.) I will track everything I eat and drink.
3.) I will walk on the treadmill at a HR of 120+ for 10 minutes six days a week.

I know the exercise seems small, but a.) I have 100 pounds to lose and b.) I need to make promises to myself that I KNOW I can and will keep. Ten minutes is realistic for me right now, rather than promising to walk for an hour every day...which I know will become yet another broken promise.

I'm finding that I really do feel better when I know I am being kind and honest with myself and holding myself accountable by keeping my promises. It makes me feel like I am headed in the right direction, which is ALWAYS a good thing!

What are some promises you all are making for yourselves recently and are KEEPING????

We can do this y'all....we can do this!!!

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    That sounds perfect! It takes small steps to make great bounds... so I think the small goals are perfect. 10 minutes a day is a great start! I do think we are doing things that are really close as far as goals and calories and accountability and finally pushing ourselves. Its our time to shine!! emoticon

    If you've got a FitBit you should share your name with me! Mine is charging right now. I haven't been wearing it this weekend because I lost it for a little bit.. haha.. but I'm back to wearing it everyday... we can be friends and do goal days on there together! Mine is! I've got friends on there that do 20k steps a day. That's not me at least not yet. My goal is with myself and that is 10k a day. I just want to compete with myself (that's hard enough for me lol). I work 40+ hours a week in front of a computer so I have to push myself to actually be active. My job doesn't allow me much activity; so if I make 10k a day I feel that I've done a real accomplishment! I may up that goal in the future but that is where I am today! emoticon
    1661 days ago
    Sounds great.
    1664 days ago
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