I have one thing I want to ask of you as you set your weight loss goal for the New Year and for January specifically:
Please don't set your goal on a number. Yes, I know this may sound crazy. But here's the thing…
The scale is a BEAST!
Yes, a crazy little beast that lives in your house that messes with
your head and your motivation. And it moves up and down for various
reasons that have nothing to do with your progress or lack of progress.
Ever notice that? You do everything right and it goes up, everything
wrong and it goes down. It's a crazy little beast!
So this is what I would ask for you to do:
Set a goal of how many times you will exercise each week during
January. See, there's nothing to blame if you skip that. You can't say
you didn't exercise because of extra water weight, or muscle soreness or
any other of the million reasons the scale can go up. Now you could
blame yourself if you set up something ridiculous and you can't make it
happen. For example, you say you are going to exercise 6 days a week for
3 hours a day. Oh, and you are a mom, wife, have a job, go to school,
need to eat, sleep, and other rather important things. I would bet that
your goal of 6 days a week for 3 hours a day is quickly going to go out
the window. But…
What about a goal of 3 days a week for 30 minutes? Can you start
there for January? If you do I bet that you will see the scale start to
go down (though you aren't checking ). And you will be implementing habits that will last all year
long. Who knows, after you figure out how to make 3 days a week work
maybe in February you will be able to exercise 4 days a week. Or keep
with 3 days but make it 45 minutes each time?
Food issues need a whole post, but one simple tip is DON'T say you
are going to never eat ______ again. If you really want to cut something
out completely maybe say you won't eat it for 6 days and then on the
7th day you can. (In moderation.) After a while you may not need that
cheat day for it and will be able to fully cut it out of your diet. It's
better to cut soda (or your bad habit of choice, mine would be Jelly Beans)
out and actually do it then say you are going to never eat sugar again
and end up going crazy 5 days into your plan! And maybe you realize that
you are okay with having whatever 'it' is in your diet. You need to
make this work for you, learn and be inspired by others but it's YOUR
life. The other trick is to find yummy food replacements. I love ice
cream so I have Shakeology everyday. It's win/win, I get ice cream like
food without the calories I don't need.
Thank you for a wonderful year. You keep me on track, motivated, and I am excited to see where 2013 will take us!