For those of you who have followed my journey you know that it has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. The first year (2018) I had a steady decline of 50 pounds and then I suddenly found myself plateaued. I would use this as an excuse to cheat a little more knowing I could get back down. Then I found myself yo-yoing in the same 10lb increment.
To date, the lowest my weight has been is 141.8 on October 11, 2019 (mind you, this was a very stressful time for me where I wasn’t eating much so I’m not sure that number is even fair to write). As of this morning, I am 153.2. I’m 5’8 if you need my height. *Now, let me say that this is MY journey and MY personal desire to achieve a weight loss goal that makes ME happy. There is nothing wrong with the way I look I just personally want to achieve a specific goal.*
The reason I’m telling you this is because I have decided to put myself on blast. Well, at least in a kind way. So often I give myself excuses to eat unhealthy and skip workouts. So often, I push aside my goals and settle for the instant gratification of a cheeseburger. Now, that’s not ALWAYS a bad thing.
I always say, Eat clean to stay fit; have a burger to stay sane.’Gigi Hadid
We are living in a pandemic, I understand that. But (personally) I don’t want to come out of it saying I spent the whole thing in sweats and drank wine while watching every Netflix series out there. While that sounds like a fantastic way to spend my time (or at least some of it), that’s not the person I want to look back on in a year and think, “Why didn’t you do something of value?”
Even after going to the ER for, what I thought was appendicitis, turned out to be a combination of an ovarian cyst and infection in my digestive track, I only ate healthy and exercised for a few weeks before falling off for 4 more.
So here I am, making my 1000th entry about how I am going to stick to a plan. I’m going to use the next 90 days to make better choices. Not every day will be easy. Not every day will be a success but as long as you are striving to improve, even by just 1%, you are setting your future self up for success.
In his book, Atomic Habits, James Clear writes, “In the beginning, there is basically no difference between making a choice that is 1 percent better or 1 percent worse. (In other words, it won’t impact you very much today.) But as time goes on, these small improvements or declines compound and you suddenly find a very big gap between people who make slightly better decisions on a daily basis and those who don’t.”
I know that I can set a goal to lose weight but it’s the small steps I take to get there that will have a lasting impact. Some of the things I plan to do (this is open to change) are:
- Wake up early enough to have me time (this can include working out, journaling, meditating, listening to a podcast, having a cup of coffee, etc.)
- Taking a daily progress pic (front, back, and side)
- Drinking half my weight in oz (approx. 78oz)
- Getting at least 30mins of exercise (Insanity, weights, yoga, etc.)
- Going to bed by 8:30PM (I need my sleep)
- Having a healthy combination of carbs, proteins, and fats (vegetables with every meal)
I’m sure I’ll add more as time goes on but for now these 6 steps will help me make that 1% improvement every day.
An interesting observation is as I start this journey I somehow have this illusion that I will wakeup and just like that I’ll be motivated and inspired and ready to hit the ground running. It’s not always like that. Sometimes the feelings aren’t there. Sometimes you have to push past the uncomfortable emotions. I thought I’d somehow feel like a superhero and be all about health and wellness but I’m still me. So when I watch YouTube or TikTok or Instagram and see other people living the life I want for myself I need to take a step back and remember that it doesn’t happen overnight and as long as I stick to my goals and make improvements one day at a time, then I will get to that point.
I’m excited to see what comes of this!