31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions - January 4
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Today, Spark has us delve even deeper into our goals with this advice:
Develop an action plan for every goal. For example, a healthy eating resolution may involve: learning more about good nutrition, visiting a dietitian, finding ways to adapt your recipes, buying containers to pack lunches, learning how to prepare new foods, and planning extra time for shopping and cooking. Don't overwhelm yourself with every action step at once, but focus on a few things each day.
Okay, so maybe the advantage to having been working on this for as long as I have is that I am familiar with this strategy.. But using the strategy is one thing, having success with it is another. And I believe the reason I have not had the success I've been looking for is that I tend to bite off more than I can chew.. (kind of a funny metaphor for someone trying to lose weight, don't you think?)
To a certain extent, I've done this with my exercise goals. I've established my plan for cardio (intervals on Monday, a hard program on Wednesday, a bit easier on Friday, back to intervals on Saturday.. and yesterday I worked with Spark to set up my 2 strength training days for Tues and Thurs, I pringed them out and am ready to hit it hard this morning. I'm going to test this for a couple of weeks, and if I find myself as unmotivated to do the ST as I've been in the past, I'm going to switch off to something else, like a DVD or Wii game (my friend Lynn has the new Jillian Michaels Wii Fit game and she tells me it's quite good, I might take the plunge, but I thought I owed it to my wallet to try to experiment with this new plan first..).
As far as eating well..listen, there is nothing a book, website, nutritionist, can tell me that I don't already know. I am the poster child for knowing what's right, just not doing what's right, when it comes to the eating. But there are strategies for keeping it under control, I just need to follow them. And following them is about what's in my head, nowhere else. I just quickly glanced at a status post from my dear friend _Ramona..and it said, basically, you've got to get your head screwed on straight before you are ever going to succeed. I believe my issue is not that my head is screwed up, but that there are lots of things going on in my life and it's important to find a way to fit it in in a way that you don't start to resent it. I balance, for sure, but attainable. The biggest issue is that we can't control so many things about our lives, and learning to roll with the punches, so to speak, so that when something doesn't go according to plan, we can adjust on the fly..
Another important part of the eating well, or not eating badly, is having good food choices around you and NOT having bad food choices around you. I definitely reinforced my knowledge that when the junk is in the house, you eat it. And boy did I ever over the holidays. To a great extent, the presence of the food was beyond my control, but if I had been able to get myself to workout during that time period, I would have been less likely to eat the sh!t, or as much of it.. But alas, I did not, and I can't go back, so I will just try to remember that connection and make sure I get my workouts in, because that exercise/eating connection is very important for me. And in the meantime, I'll keep the crap out of my house..
Unbreakable resolutions? No such thing.. Putting ourselves in the best position to succeed? Absolutely can be done, must be done.. This is my time..