I’ve been struggling with what to write about on this Monday post. Do I write something inspiring? Do I share a motivating weight loss success story? Do I write about a hot button issue? Rant about Marie Claire and fat people? Or do I just open up and share what went on this weekend? Yeah, that last one sounds good.
So that means it is now time for the confession part of the post. I started off with writing just one but then I ended up with several confessions.
- I haven’t weighed myself in a month and I’ve gained 3 lbs.
- I skipped my bike workout on Sunday.
- I made oatmeal raisin cookies, and ate half of them within a day.
The non weighing thing was intentional. I wanted to take a break from the scale and see how I did without making a big deal about it on the blog. I’ve weighed myself almost daily for quite a while so not stepping on the scale or caring was nice. I thought doing it for a while when I started triathlon training would be a good idea as well, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. But in the end I’ve gained three pounds.
Progress toward being under 200 lbs? Not so much.
The other two confessions sum up this past weekend. I ate too much and didn’t workout enough – I even missed my first training session. Sure I have reasons for it – I overslept for the gym which is only open two hours and still don’t have a bike helmet – but the reasons don’t matter much. It happened. I’m disappointed in the fact that it happened.
This past weekend could be the beginning of a slippery slope for me. Eating like crap, missing training sessions… this could lead me down a really bad path where instead of making progress I end up back where I was. I don’t want that. I don’t want that at all. I know that when things start going well I tend to self-sabotage and I would like to stop doing that.
So I’m ending my quasi pity pary that’s been happening all day today. Instead I’m challenging myself to do better.
Keeping it simple and just choosing three things I want to accomplish by the end of this year.
1. Eat 4 servings of fruits and veggies a day. My ultimate goal is 5, but setting the bar at 4 means I’ll eat more than I’m currently eating and I’ll manage to accomplish this each day. I need to get more fiber and less sodium in my diet and without counting calories this will be the easiest way for me to accomplish it.
2. Complete every single workout in my triathlon training program in full on the day it’s required. Non-negotiable because this is important to me! I am doing my triathlon in January (and/or April) so I need to make sure I don’t let my training schedule go during the holidays. There will be parties and dinners and bbqs on the beach for Christmas (so I’m told), but that can’t stop me from getting my workouts in.
3. Weigh in and check in each week (Sunday) to stay accountable to my goals of weight loss and training. Weekly check-ins will help me stay accountable to this personal challenge to make it through the year on a good note. I don’t want to have any more years where I “let things go” just to wait for the new year to “make a big change.” No. I’m making these little resolutions now and will keep them so I can celebrate for real at the end of the year. ;)
And it you want? You can join me. Yeah, there is no cute name for the challenge and it doesn’t matter if anyone joins me or not. But if you need something simple to make it through the rest of the year – the part that can be the worst for healthy living – then feel free to make this challenge your own. It would be nice to have company so we can encourage each other. I’ll be checking in on the weekends and if you would like to join me you can too (or pick any other day)… this isn’t formal. Just keep it simple, make it only 3 things you can do through the last two months of the year.
And that’s about it! Some confessions, a personal challenge to make the rest of this year count, and an invitation for you to do the same if you want. I’m determined to make the rest of 2010 great, just to finish up the best year of my life so far with a good note. ;)