It’s that time of year again. Time to make those New Years Resolutions. UUHHHGGGG! right?!?! I know how you feel. I don’t really like making them either. But I figured out something. Resolutions are goals. But goals with out a plan are destined to fail.
I made a resolution to be better this year than last year. Better with my finances. Better with my health and eating. Better person to those around me. A better version of me than last year. Of course I want to lose weight. But that is not my primary focus. It will happen as a bi-product of me doing better for myself.
Now the real question, how am I going to be better? What are the steps I am going to take to achieve my resolution? First, I am going to journal. My first option was every day but I have already failed at that. So I am working up to every day by trying every day but doing it at least every 2-3 days. I bought a fitness journal which is helping. I get to write down my activity level for the day and what I ate and drank. I am using MyFitnessPal again to track my food every day. I am tracking everything I eat so I can see trends in my eating. Like when I have cravings or emotionally eat, I can see it and plan better for the upcoming cycle. I write these down in my journal as well. I’m also tracking my headaches and migraines to see what I ate that may be a trigger. Also to track my hormone cycle. I no longer have menstrual periods but I am not in menopause either. So tracking the hormones and foods is helpful.
I am giving myself more grace when it comes to food. I look at it as fuel and not as a “I can’t have it” approach. Is this cookie going to fuel my body the best way? Or should I opt for an apple with nut butter? Both will satisfy my sweet tooth but which is the better option for me. Nothing is off limits. Everything in moderation. This includes things like rice, pasta, potatoes and desserts. I don’t eat a lot of them anyways but I;m not going to shy away from ordering it on the menu or fixing it at home once in a while.
I’m getting back to the gym. My goal is 5-6 days a week. But I’m easing into it. Right now I am averaging 3 days a week. Next week, I’ll shoot for 4.
I’ve also started talking to myself everyday in the mirror as I am getting ready for work. I say only nice things to myself. I weigh every morning to help keep myself on track. So on days where the scale didn’t move or move in the desired direction, I tell myself its ok. Weight loss is not linear so you will have ups and downs. I prefer the downs. I might remind myself that I enjoyed that glass of wine with dinner. Or maybe an evening out with friends. And we will do better today. You are beautiful. Your body is perfect just the way it is. It carried 3 children and have had multiple adventures. I am working on loving myself the way I am instead of waiting until I get to my “ideal” me. This is a journey my body and I are on together so we need to work together. The nicer I am to myself, the better I do during the day. I wish I would have figured this out years ago.
Baby steps! Baby steps are steps. Take it one day at a time. You will get there. This is a marathon not a sprint. Enjoy the journey!