Join Me on My Quest to Finally Lose the Weight
And not lose my marbles in the process.
I have been thinking a lot lately. Some of it has been about anxiety and avoidance behaviors. Some has been about where to go from here. More is about what I have accomplished this year and what I have left to accomplish–and there is so much on both lists.
Accomplishments: I have gotten my Certified Hypnotherapist title which is great. Except here in North Carolina, I can’t really use it because of the laws. =( I’ve gotten clearer about who I am and what I do. I’ve cried and felt a lot as I nurse my furbaby through to her final days. I’m in my 4th year of business – still growing still expanding.
But still: In managing everything that’s going on around me and within me – I’ve put some aspects of me on the back burner. While I’ve been maintaining my current weight with ZERO effort, I haven’t lost any weight for a long time. And while I accept that this is who I am and where I’m at – I’m not where want to be. <– This is #aBIGOne because for so long I thought that in order to lose weight, and make changes, etc… I had to HATE where I was, be miserable all the time, and loathe my body. And it’s SO not true.
Long story short: Could I stay like this forever? Yes. Do I want to? No.
Enter the #MidYearResolution
From here until December 31, 2017 – and possibly beyond it’s going to be #allaboutme because somewhere over the past couple years, I lost myself while focusing on doing my best for the business and others. But I’m going to do my best for me. I owe this to my family, to you, and my business, but most of all, I owe it to me! Sometimes old habits are hard to kick, but I can always make some new ones. And it’s time.
I’m going to focus on:
- Eating what makes me feel good (which – surprise – is NOT going to be sugary sweets and treats or alcohol (LOL))
- Doing what makes me feel good (which means moving my body how I want). It also means a healthy dose of saying NO. No over-extending. No yeses when I mean no. It means owning my truth and being honest (But not brutal) about it.
- Taking care of myself (aka lots of long baths, getting facials, not spending 12-16 hours a day in front of the computer, etc) so I can continue to help, support, and take care of others.
They say that successful people plan specific goals and plans. What will yours be?
New Way of Doing Things
- It starts mid year, July 1, only a few days before a holiday – AND on a Saturday. Because there are ALWAYS going to be things: birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. And keep in mind that even if you have a bad day, the next morning you’ve already been successful for 8 to 12 hours. (Or however long you sleep.) You can’t beat that. (If you want to start now, that’s fine – I technically, already have too. =))
- It ends on New Year’s Eve. Unless I decide to take it further. By that point, this should be even more of a Way of Life (WOL) than it already is. Most of us start either on a Monday or New Year’s Day, and many fail. I am shaking things up – starting now.
- I am modeling new, positive behaviors. I am not focused on being perfect and obsessing; I choose to be in a better place on the 31st of December so I can ring in the New Year with a positive outlook and not with regret that I should have been better or should have gotten it done.
- I am picking a weight loss goal (which I may share with anyone who goes on the journey with me), with the utmost intention to get there.
Take Home: The point is to pick a goal and shoot for the stars! What’s the worse that can happen? You’ll fall short of the stars but still end up with a thinner Uranus.
Monday Weigh Ins
- Mondays keep me mindful throughout the week – but especially on the weekends when schedules fly out the window and eating out becomes so easy.
- It’s a renewed start to the week, to my goals, and is like a mini re-dedication ceremony. What can I learn from this weigh-in that I can apply to the coming week? Do I need to move it more? Shake it less? Look at my journals for determining factors like new foods introduced, sweeteners or possible food intolerance?
Take Home: Last week is over and done is what a Monday weigh-in signals. Time to make new strides, focus on the new #babysteps or #smallsustainablechange, and gain new footholds rooted in health and not on the scale.
Weigh Ins (Not Strictly Required)
- Weighing in once a week on an appointed day may keep you from obsessing about the numbers on a daily basis. Weight can fluctuate up to 8 pounds per day due to water weight.
- Alternatively, should you decide to weigh more frequently, you may be able to determine what you’re doing that creates extreme fluctuations. However you choose is right for you. If you choose to weigh in daily, consider averaging three days together in rotation to average out fluctuations.
Take Home: There won’t be a loss at the end of every week, but you know what? Life isn’t perfect and mini maintenance periods (stalls) happen. We’re looking for the ongoing trend. So, don’t beat yourself up.
Tracking Nutrients and Values (Again, Not Strictly Required)
- This is something I’m going to do as part of my mindfulness exercise, but also to keep me accountable. A nibble of this and a lick of that still add up, so it’s important to woman up and write it down, the good the bad and (sometimes) the ugly.
- I will collect data. Without information, I don’t know if a particularly hungry day had to do with the amount or quality of carbohydrates/fats/proteins I ate. I use FatSecret but any app, if you like it, will work.
- I will eat to hunger. I will check in with myself before I put it in my mouth.
Take Home: Some days I’ll eat more than others, but I want to make sure these are naturally occurring progressions and not boredom eating gone wild.
This one is kind of a no-brainer for me. I’ve been working out basically 5 days a week for several years now. I’m not about to stop that. But for the purposes of documenting it:
- I’m going to elevate my heart rate 5 times per week for a minimum of 20 minutes as a time.
- I’ll continue to record these efforts so that I can see how my life is changing day by day.
- I’ll celebrate small strides, whether it’s parking farther away and walking to the store or just computing standing up as ways to bring better health and habits into my life.
- Through the PRIVATE Facebook group I’ll set up, we can meet daily to share stories, non-scale successes and the amazing things we’re eating.
- I’ll be getting support from my own practitioners and coaches. You (should you accept this mission) can get support through me.
- If you’re looking for a local accountability group, you may be able to find a TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group. They typically meet weekly for weigh-ins and have chapters all over the US and Canada. It only costs about $40 to join for the year. While the onus for programs is on the food pyramid and high-carb, low-fat dieting, they accept any weight loss adherents from any plans. They even accept weight loss surgery members. WeightWatchers also has local meetings usually. And there are TONS of other groups on Facebook.
Take Home: “If you want it, here it is. Come and get it.”
- Tapping, hypnosis, supplements. And use my tools to kick those cravings, anxiety and emotional eating issues to the curb.
- Weight loss doesn’t make the world better. It’s not magic and it won’t make me perfect. Stress exists. Neighbors can be annoying. Kids may get kicked out of school. The Boss may still be an ass. Life will not derail me, because I’m not doing a diet, that I will go off when I reach my goal. Learning to cope with stress as a part of everyday life without going to food or alcohol is tantamount. Being in good health makes the insurmountable better than it would have been otherwise.
Take Home: I have to make this about me. Not because anyone else wants me to. It’s about me this time.
The Mid-Year Resolution Challenge
A culmination (for me) of all the earlier, important portions wrapped up into one self mandate for health and fitness.
- What can I do to get to New Years and celebrate the year and not spend an evening wallowing in regret?
- Why not start January 1st with a new outlook and new adventures? (Instead of these worn-out same-old BS ones.)
- Be proactive and not reactive. Putting in the work now yields the feel-good moment we deserve on December 31.
Take Home: I know how to maintain it, I’ve been doing it for years. Now, it’s time to get there. To graduate. To mark it (TF) off the to-do list, so I can get on with the rest of my life (can I get a HELLL YEAH!?!?)
Want to join me?
Simply check in with on the private Facebook group, or here on the site. Let me know how you’re doing.
I expect we’ll have some robust dialog, some laughs, and plenty of support. Along the way, I’ll share some of my menus, what’s working for me, how I’m getting my workouts in, and how we can get through these holidays forever! All posts will be tagged ”Mid-Year Resolution”, so if you miss a week you can find us at any time you are ready to take your own first step to an even more fabulous you.
I only ask one thing… don’t join me unless you are really and truly committed to doing the work this time. You don’t need another post in your Facebook feed, or another group on your wall. I only want DOERs. This is 100% free. No cost. Gratis.
Here’s what all you will get.
- If I make a video for me – you get it.
- If I make a Rampage – you get it.
- If I record a hypnosis script for myself – you get.
- Questions – answered.
- Accountability – Yeah, I’m your buddy.
- Anything else I can think of to help myself (or you) you get it.
Are you ready? Let’s do this!
It’s Not Too Late To Make This Your Year
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