I’m on a mission to get down to a SERIOUSLY healthy weight. I’ve lost over 60 pounds in my healthy living journey, but I still weigh in a bit heavier than I, or my doctor, would like to see on the scale. I’ve made HUGE CHANGES in my lifestyle over the past several years, but I’ve definitely been “stalled” for several months [and maybe years?] in a row now. The good news is I’m feeling uber-inspired, determined and motivated to stop making excuses and put myself first.
I’m participating in a DietBet hosted by my dear friend Mindy. Have you heard of DietBet? I’ve been telling myself for YEARS, “if only someone would promise to pay me in order to lose weight.” I’m unashamedly motivated by income [I have bills to pay, yo.] and know that if someone was PAYING me to shed pounds, I’d be much more likely to make nutrition, fitness, and other health focuses a priority. And with DietBet, if I lose 4% of my body weight during the 28 day challenge period, I get to split the pot with the other successful co-dietbetters in my game. Considering the pot is over $2K at the moment, I’m finding a good amount of motivation in the program. [I paid $20 into the pot to participate in Mindy’s game, so not losing out on that money is also helping the motivation ]
Because of my prior weight loss, I already know what needs to happen if I’m going to be serious about weight loss. I know it means sacrifice. I know it means effort. I know it means shifting priorities.
And along with all the SHITTY parts of the weight-loss and healthy decision making, I know there are some good parts, too. I know that after a few weeks of consistent workouts, I’ll be sleeping better, have more energy, and FEEL better physically. I know that after weeks of diligence, I will look in the mirror and not help but dance because I feel so wonderful about myself, my efforts, and the changes that are taking place in terms of my health.
I just keep telling myself to focus on the DietBet as the first block of “goal-time.” It’s only 28 days. I can do ANYTHING for 28 days. I’m not going to think, I’m just going to do it. I know it won’t ALWAYS feel easy, but I don’t care. Those days will strengthen me like they did back 4 years ago when I was at the very start of my weight loss journey.
I’m going back to the BASIC things I did when I started my serious weight-loss journey. Here’s an overview of some of the basics I’m devoted to this fall:
I’m keeping myself accountable in a handful of ways so that I am constantly surrounded by support, encouragement and motivation.
// Texting my “health hunter” friends when I need a push of motivation or am in need of an “atta girl!” These friends are people who are also on a weight loss or health journey, and I am happy to support them with their own similar text needs, too. Love technology for this!!
// A group of my best friends and I are participating in our own personal Awesome Autumn challenge. We each wrote our own plan/goals based on systems we’ve seen work before, and are encouraging each other in a private facebook group, group text, and email chain. I’m LOVING this new-to-my-life experience. I highly recommend starting a group with your own good friends, too.
// At the Office, I’m working with a couple different accountability partners. One friend and I have a health spreadsheet in which we are both tracking five individual health goals. Another friend and I talk about our fitness tasks, and another has been asking me about healthy decision making over the past few weeks. It’s great to have support and encouragement in the place I spend 45 – 50 hours each week.
// At Home, I’m learning how wonderful it is to include Nick in my health goal process. I’ve talked to him about my goals, short term and long term, and have been sharing my plan for health to-do’s each week and day. He’s been so supportive and helpful – bringing me HEALTHY treats and going for walks with me in the evening for extra activity points.
// On Instagram, I’m encouraged to continue in my weight loss efforts by the support I see in my #make1healthydecision sharing. I love to see when other people use the hash tag in their daily streams, too! It’s such a nice reminder that healthy choice making doesn’t have to be hard; just break it down to one decision at a time.
A variety of goals to keep things fresh
// 30 Minutes of Core Work a Week. A goal I’m tracking in my spreadsheet shared with my co-worker.
// Run at least 10 Miles a Week. I’m tracking this goal in a number of challenges and groups; with my co-worker, my awesome autumn points, and a visual tracker on my phone. I’m feeling pretty good about my running since the last time I discussed my goal to simply RUN; to believe and feel that I am a runner. This past weekend I really felt good about my running, I felt so strong after running 6 miles on Friday evening. I ran 2 miles, then recovered, three times through. On Saturday I wanted to get at least a mile in to “shake out” my legs, and ended up completing a 3 mile jog. I simply FELT like a runner. I enjoyed every step this weekend and I really want to continue running throughout the colder, winter months.
// Run OR walk daily. On days I don’t go for a run, I go for a walk. No excuses – just go. Stretch the legs. Get some movement in. Simple as that.
// More Strength Training. One of the ways I achieve “points” for my Awesome Autumn challenge is by completing certain fitness activities. There are BUNCHES of ways for me to earn points via strength training. Strength training REALLY helped me break through weight loss plateaus in the past, so I know that making a valiant effort to do some weight lifting or body weight movements each week will pay off.
Focusing on areas that can get away from me quickly
// 28 Days of no soda/no alcohol. It’s simple as that. I can do ANYTHING for 28 days, and skipping out on a soda, glass of wine, or cocktail isn’t going to kill me. As a matter of fact, it will probably make me stronger.
// Tracking via Awesome Autumn Points for reaching various daily goals. I’ve been tracking my meals via SparkPeople.com and the SparkPeople App, and I give myself points on my Awesome Autumn spreadsheet when I reach certain goals such as being within my sodium level, and eating 5 servings [or 9!!] of freggies a day.
// 5 Meat-free Lunches/Dinners a Week. Another goal I’m tracking with my co-worker, I find that when I focus on getting meat-free meals in, I can easily reach that 9-servings of freggies goal.
// Start to increase my fiber. It was a recommended value I wasn’t EVER meeting, so I did some reading and learned that I should gradually increase my intake over the next 2-3 weeks.
// Make it a treat thinking. In my most-successful seasons of weight loss, I’ve held myself to one or two “treats” or “splurges” during the week, and tried to eat as clean as possible the rest of the week. I find that if I know a “treat time” is coming [say, milk shakes on Thursday night] it’s easier for me to resist temptation for junk food I don’t REALLY want that badly, anyway.