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Putting myself first

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's funny how the last blog post was about losing weight for a family reunion (which I didn't go to because I was so embarrassed), and now, two years later, I have the same issue!

This time around though, I'm not losing weight for a specific time deadline - like the reunion in August, or my trip to Italy in September. This time I'm losing weight for me, because I want to, because I need to.

I've decided that I will work on achieving one health/food goal and one fitness goal per month, adding new goals to the old ones as the year progresses.

My January goal: Stop drinking, and do at least 10,000 steps a day (which I soon changed to 15,000 because 10,000 wasn't enough). Two more days till the end of the month, but I think I can safely say I've achieved both goals, which makes me really happy. I can't remember the last time I've been "dry" for so long, and even though I don't want to say I will never drink again (Italy this summer will probably prove problematic) I think I can keep going with this for quite a while. I wanted to stop for two reasons - just as a health issue, and also because everytime I drink, I eat. And if I want to lose weight, I need to find real ways for me to reduce calories. So ending the empty calories from alcohol, and the extra calories from the foods I would eat with it, has helped a lot (at least 8 pounds lost today). I haven't changed anything else - I still eat all the bad foods I have always eaten (fried chicken, chocolate, etc) and I don't beat myself up for that. Not that I eat them all the time - but healthy eating on the run is not easy here in Japan. Anyway, now that I've achieved the non-drinking goal, the food goals will come next.

As for the steps, well, I've had a fitbit for a while, but this is the first time I've been checking it consistently to see that I meet all my goals - not just steps, but distance, stairs, activity minutes, etc. It's proved to be really motivating! No matter how tired I am, no matter how much work I need to do, I will always find time to make sure that I can get my steps in for the day. It's helped a lot, and I've come to the realisation that it's because it has helped me put myself first. I've been prioritising so many other things over the past few years, that it's time for me to be the number one priority. And I think that's okay. Whatever other stresses I have in my life right now, no one can take away what I am currently doing for myself, and that feels good.
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