So we have made it through almost the third month of the year. Have you lost sight of your goals? Have you given up? Or are you still at it and hitting it each week?
Depending on what your time frame is for a lot of your goals and how realistic you were will be a good determining factor as to whether or not you have continued going after your goals. I thought I set up realistic goals for myself. I usually do fairly well and setting up smart goals: specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and timely. I am on track for most of my goals, however, this year I began a new journey on a different physical path.
I am not teaching for a gym anymore, so my built in workouts are no longer there. No one is paying me to work out? This is a new concept for me. I have to plan my workouts and do them all for me? To a lot of people that would seem like a very easy thing to do. For me, it is not as easy to do something just for myself as it is for someone else. I am used to being counted on to show up inspire, encourage, and drive- when I’m the only one listening to that voice it is not as easy.
I have struggled at coming up with a work out multiple times a week and sticking to it. There have been times where I will start to work out and while waiting for the happy endorphins to kick in, I lose patience and stop before I should. At least I have done something, just not as much as I would’ve liked to do. There have also been times that I don’t want to work out, but I start working out and continue much longer than I believed I would because those happy endorphins kicked in with gusto. Some days I am successful and some days I am not, but each day is a new day and I keep going.
I have been focusing more on my eating now than I ever have in the past. Writing down what I eat has been the only way that I have been able to lose weight and keep it off successfully in the past, so this time it was going to work again, right? I am older, my workouts are changing, so the food and water intake and tracking should be working wonders…or so I thought.
Considering I have only been tracking for a few months, I have done well. I have found myself falling into the thought, like so many people do, that what I am doing will have the Biggest Loser effect and 5, 10, maybe even 15 pounds will melt off my body in a week. Well, that didn’t happen and it won’t happen. Slowly but surely, the pounds are coming off and my body is getting more toned and smaller in some places, but not all of the places I would like. I have to remind myself on a daily basis that what I am doing is a lifestyle change not a quick fix that I will be unable to stick to six months down the road.
I want to be healthy and live a long life while taking care of myself physically, mentally and emotionally. That decision has been made and the self discipline that I have put into my life helps me to make choices on a regular basis of how I am going to achieve that ongoing goal.
Do you have a checklist of what you ask yourself when you are doing things that might lead you off your path? If not, maybe you should come up with questions to ask yourself. I didn’t eat great all weekend, but I did stop myself from eating multiple cake balls by asking myself whether or not having another would lead me to my goal. If I wanted one, I knew what I was going to have to do to get back on track. Knowing there’s a consequence or going to be a change in the end result will help you make the decision on whether or not to eat something. Think about it. Take time in the next few weeks to think about what will or won’t happen each time you eat, I know it sounds strange but it will make a difference.
Janice Jacoby, has been in the health and wellness field professionally since 2002.