I’m so excited to be getting back to a place in my life where I’ll be able to dedicate more time and energy to getting healthy. The last 8 months or so have been a roller coaster of craziness. During that time, I’ve continued to work on getting healthy but I have not been able to post very much and I honestly feel that’s a big part of why I haven’t been that successful. In the spirit of getting back on track, I want to re-establish my intentions for my weight loss journey and this blog.
I can’t emphasize this enough. While I talk about weight loss primarily, my ultimate intention here is to get healthy, which means I will continue to avoid fad diets and weight loss gimmicks. To reach this goal I intend to:
- Establish healthy habits
- Break bad habits
- Identify healthy foods/recipes that I will enjoy
- Identify healthy activities that will become part of my life
- Get down to a healthy weight for my age and height
- Learn to be happy with myself despite imperfections
How I Will Get Healthy
It’s not enough to say I’m going to lose weight and get healthy. I need to have a plan. Now, what constitutes as a “plan” for me might be different than it is for you. For me, this is a very general concept because I don’t know yet what will work. If I did, I’d already be healthy. 😉 Therefore, this is my plan:
- Run consistently – this is something I enjoy and yet I don’t do it as often I’d like
- Try new recipes – I have plenty of go-to recipes/meals that are not healthy. It’s time to find some healthy ones.
- Exercise more – I need to fit in more exercises besides running so that I’m actively working out more days of the week.
- Find more active hobbies to reduce my on-the-couch time.
- Increase my fruit and vegetable intake.
As I work through my ideas, recipes, and experiments I’ll share my results here. Hopefully what I do/find will help others too! If nothing else, I know from experience that regularly updating this blog will at least help to keep me on track and stay accountable. So maybe “blog regularly” should be added to the list. 😉
How I Will Stay Healthy
Perhaps more important than actually getting healthy is remaining in good health. I’ve been healthy before. Most everyone who struggles with weight loss has been healthy at one point in time. It’s more challenging, in my opinion, to remain healthy and maintain the good habits built during weight loss.
Since I intend to lose weight by building healthy habits, I’m not going to focus much on the nutrition and exercise side of things. Instead I want to focus on things that will keep me mentally in the game. Here are some of my ideas for how I intend to do that once I’ve reached my goal weight:
- Continue monitoring my weight to ensure I don’t fluctuate more than 5-10 pounds over my final weight.
- Weight march – on the show The Biggest Loser, they challenge the contestants to do a walk/run near the end of the show where they wear a backpack containing the weight they’d lost since the start of the show. I’ve always liked this idea and think it’d be a good idea to remember how much work I went through to lose that weight. I’m not sure if I’ll do this once per month, every six months, or what, but I want to incorporate it in somehow.
- Get rid of my larger clothes. This may seem simple but in the past I’ve held on to my heavier clothes “just in case,” which I think means I’ve left myself mentally open to the idea of gaining that weight back. I need to close that door completely so if I gain enough weight to require buying a size up that will be another wake up call that I need to re-commit to my healthy lifestyle.
- Have a ceremonial burning. A few years ago I went through a divorce that hit me hard. Soon after I met some great new friends and on New Years they introduced me to a new holiday tradition. They had me write down something I needed to let go of and drop the paper in the fire we all were celebrating around at the party. I can’t even explain how much that small ceremony helped me to start the New Year off on the right foot. I’d like to do a similar ceremony with something symbolic of my heavier weight.
These are just a few of my ideas so far. I’m sure I’ll come up with more as I go along and I promise to share those, as well. I know this is a very generic plan, too, so I do intend to come up with more specific goals. But that’s a post for another day!