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.


  1. you aren't just making WALKING your goal.. you've also incorporated making family lunches and eating healthy as a family! THAT RIGHT THERE is a HUGE DEAL! so the fact that you are going to tackle ADDING walking to all of that.. well girl.. it's pretty fantastic!
    walk it out..walk it out! :)

  2. Small baby steps is going to lead you to your ultimate goals....it lead me to my goals and my loss of 100lbs. I started small with goals and once I mastered that one I would add a new one while maintaining the previous goal. You are so moving in the right direction and that is so good to see. I think you walking goal is an excellent one for you to work on first....its attainable at the same time it challenges you to change your previous behaviors. Keep up the good work.

  3. I think your new outlook is perfect. I also had to break my all or nothing mindset. When I started back in December I had signed up at a local gym in a program that required me to come 3 days a week. Thats what I set my goal at, 3 days per week, 30 mins per day, and to follow WW to the best of my ability, not kill myself if I had an off day. Then, I added some extra days of walking, then later increased my workout times, intensity and so on. I am now up to 5-6 days per week, 1.25 hours each time. A year ago I would have just went all out and burnt out by January, now I just set little mini-fitness goals and achieve them at my own pace.... and for the first time I actually think I can do this. You can too, remember we have a lifetime to achieve our goals. Good luck and great work!

  4. OMG! It felt like you were inside my mind! No kidding!!! lol I am definitely an "all or nothing" type of girl! In fact, that's my biggest problem!

    I have a ton more to say on this, but I think I'm going to save it for a new post! ( :

    Thanks, Hollie, for giving me a different way to look at things!

  5. Starting slow and taking things one day at a time is the best way to be successful. Last year, when I started, I started walking (I could barely make a mile). A year later, I'm doing triathlons. I have trouble sticking to my plans all the time too, but this time around, I give myself a break and get back on track.
    You may have had some tough weeks, but you keep going back because you know your health is important. Be patient with yourself and take it one step at a time. You'll reach your goals!

  6. Those little things add up.

    "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass."

  7. You really hit home with me with your "all or nothing" comment! I've always been like that. I've decided to follow in your footsteps and do "one" thing, which is walking as well. I have a treadmill at home and it's something that i can do everyday rain or shine. Keep up the great work Hollie!

  8. small goals always help! Keep it up and one day you will get to the end goal.

  9. Hey there! I'm a new follower :) I'm happy I found your website because I think I have a lot of the same thoughts that you do...eating healthy as a family is so important, but SO HARD.

    I've lost 89 pounds so far, 10 more to go. :) If you wanna check out my blog, my weight loss posts are generally under the "McFatty Monday" tags.


  10. I think this is a step in the right direction. There is nothing wrong with baby steps. Walking is a wonderful exercise, and even doing it 4 times a week for 30 minutes does wonders for the body. The weather should be getting nice to do more walking for me and the twins.

  11. OMG Hollie I have only been following you for a little while but I am seeing a brand new woman! I just posted something about how little victories lead to huge success. You are well on your way to huge success!

    Love and Health,

    ~Mama Twana

  12. Hi Hollie! I'm new to your blog (I found you via a google search). How have you done so far on your weight loss journey? It sounds like you have the right mindframe to make great changes in your life. Lots of luck to you! I look forward to reading more!

    Link to my own weight-loss blog: www.phoenixrevolution.net

  13. Baby steps are a great way to start. I started out by walking regularly, too. Then I changed eating habits, then I added weight lifting. Healthy choices - each and every day. And I track my food in a plain old little notebook. You don't have to have a special journal. :-D
    Path to Health

  14. Congrats on getting proud of your baby steps. You are so worth it. :)


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