Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Consistency is Key

I have been reading over some of the goals/plans I have devised over the past year to keep me on track. So far, I haven’t been able to stick with any of them (sad, I know).

Something has to change because so far, just having a plan in mind is not working. I never consistently stick with anything. But I think I have recognized a pattern…

I seem to start off too big, too fast. It is my “all or nothing” brain at work. I will have, like, ten things that I want to work on. If I can’t do them all, I quit. It leads to a binge or weeks of bad behavior. Then I make some (more) big goals because I have to make up for the previous f*ck up.  There is definitely a pattern.

In order to be successful at weight loss I desperately need consistency. I have to stick with it.

In my mind, I have decided to walk more. Last week, I walked 130 minutes. This week, I plan on walking more. My goal is to work up to the point where I walk for at least 45 minutes, 5 days per week (225 minutes).
Right now, this is my *only* weight loss goal. Just walking. And do you know what? Until today, I was *not* okay with that. I really felt like I should be doing more. But in my mind, somewhere, I am thinking baby steps, Hollie. One thing at a time until you stick with it! I have to stop feeling like such a failure feel successful at SOMETHING!

Of course, I also have the healthy eating goal, but now that my whole family is on board, that doesn’t seem hard (for whatever reason). Even though it will lead to weight loss, healthy eating just feels like something that I have to do for the health and well-being of my family.

I follow a blog, A Deliberate Life, and Chris has recently crossed the 100 lbs lost mark! Today’s post is titled, What are you good at? It was REALLY what I needed to read today. It basically talked about how she started off small, by just challenging herself to walk, until she reached consistency. Those baby steps have led to bigger steps, and have now led to her losing 100 lbs over 11 months! Amazing, right?

So now, I don’t feel so bad about my “baby step goal” of walking more. Yesterday actually began my third week of walking (but I didn’t actually start tracking the minutes until last week).

As soon as I get my new food journal (which is taking FOREVER to get here), I am going to tackle FOOD. I am going to start counting calories and tracking my food. I am not going to give myself a *limit…yet. The goal is to get CONSISTENT with TRACKING.

Healthy Food Choices – family goal
Walking – goal in progress.
Tracking – next goal, should start this week.