As I've mentioned a few times, I've been floundering with my weight the last few months. I just haven't been 100% focused on it. This realization began with my Belly Blast post last week.
But even after posting that, I didn't have all the tools quite in place to start the necessary changes. For months I see the scale moving down and then a couple days later it pops right back up again.
A few days ago I had a long bath and let myself just think. What have I done before that got me past these humps? What have I done that really kept me on track and focused on the big picture?
Sure I've had this goal for quite a while now to get down under 140 lbs .... but I realized that it was just one of those "one day" things. You know ... I'd like to (blank) ... one day! I realized that I need to set a concrete goal.
Then I remembered last year, before summer. We made vacation plans and I told my husband that I would NOT go on holidays unless I was under 150 lbs. I had been flirting between 151 and 155 for about 6 months and it was enough already.
I made myself a chart and set reasonable weekly goals. Then I also charted my weight, WW points and activity points DAILY as well. I met my goal the day before we left! Nothing like leaving it to the last minute, eh?? But I did get under and stay under there. Now I'm at this next place where I'm stuck flirting within a few pound range and I need to push it to get over this hump.
The difference was I had something real to set my sights on. When I look back on my posts from that time there were times when I could have strayed from plan, but because I had a real goal in mind, I remembered what I really wanted and I passed up those things. Lately I haven't had anything to reach for and therefore had been letting myself have those little extras. I haven't been tracking my food very well at all.
The other night I created my a sheet with my weekly goals and am doing all the tracking like I did before.
So far it's working well. We were watching TV last night and my MIL pulled out the potato chips. Normally I would have had just a couple, not much, but we all know they add up over time. But I remembered that I had goals to reach and those couple chips wouldn't help me get there. I stayed OUT of that bag!
I'd like to set something contingent upon me reaching my goal weight, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I'd love for it to be another trip, but the next trip we have planned (and can reasonably do) isn't until June. Honestly I want to reach this goal long before then, but I'm putting it out there that I WILL be under 140 lbs by May 2010 at the latest, let's say May 31st for an absolutely deadline.
I leave you with a little sign of spring on the West Coast .... these really shouldn't be up until late April
(my apologies to all of those still blanketed in snow)
I'm off to get a bit of housekeeping done, a run in the beautiful sunshine ... then my MIL just booked me a pedicure for this afternoon. Ahhhh, it's a wonderful day!
Have a great weekend everyone and good luck to those running races!
One More Mile shirt @ I Run Beacause ... I Can - this is some seriously funny clothing!! I've seen this site a few times and really need to order something from there. Hmmmm ... present idea if anyone out there loves me enough (hahahaha)
Chamion Shorts @ The Happy Runner
My buddy Syl is giving away an adorable shirt @ Live Smile Run - but don't bother to enter because I'm getting the shirt anyway - hahhaha