Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 1: A great day for a resolution.

We've made it halfway through this year.  Do you remember your New Year's resolutions?  Have you completed (or started) any of them?  If you're anything like me, you certainly remember them because they're the same ones you make year after year.  And, if you're anything like me, you started off strong, but have since lost your initial motivation, your spunk, if you will.  It's HARD to keep New Year's resolutions!  If you are successful or have been successful, how have you done it?  What's the secret?

My annual resolution is to lose weight.  I know how to do it.  I know what works and what doesn't.  I know that it's good for me, it'll improve my longevity, my quality of life, and my mental health.  But honestly, I've done little more than talk the talk for the past few weeks.  So, with that said, I'm making a public "Start of Summer Resolution": to lose weight.  Yes, I know what you're thinking...what makes this time different?  Well, let me tell you.  First of all, I'm posting this online...to everyone...even people who don't know me.  Yikes.  Second of all, I'm going to document my journey from start to finish...online...to everyone.  Lastly, I'm making a S.M.A.R.T. goal this time.  "Well, what the heck is that?" you might be asking yourself.  Let me explain.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are exactly that - smart.  This is an acronym for a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.  Why have I failed before?  Because my "goal" has only been "to lose weight".  There's nothing holding me to that goal.  I don't have a timeframe for when the goal should be completed; there's no amount or measurement that I'm striving for; and it's not realistic.  Do I want to lose 5lbs, 50lbs, or some amount of inches?  Do I want it gone by September 2012 or Christmas 2013?  And can I reach that goal in the amount of time I've allotted?  When you don't put metrics to your goal, you have nothing to grasp.  Your brain is going crazy at this point because it can't comprehend what you're trying to accomplish - because "losing weight" doesn't mean anything.

Instead of losing weight, my new goal is this: to drop three dress sizes (measurable) by Thanksgiving, 2012 (timely) by following a plant-based lifestyle and exercising six days a week (specific + attainable).  A S.M.A.R.T. goal is realistic when it's real to you, when you know you can do it.  You have to be willing and able to put forth the effort.

As far as the dress size goal instead of number of pounds, I've made the decision to get rid of my scale.  My brain and my heart can't be controlled by the scale any longer...it makes me nuts (moreso than I already am).  I have allowed the scale to rule my life ever since I can remember.  I have been known to weigh myself on a daily basis; sometimes multiple times in a day!  If you do that, know that I've been there and I feel for you.  It sucks.  Get rid of your scale.  You'll be happier for it.  I need to do this by feel, so I'm going with baggier clothes (that always feels good).

Now I have a goal laid out.  What's the plan?  I eluded to it within the goal, but I need to break it down in steps.  I'm currently an omnivore who loves the idea and the ideal of only eating what the ground has provided, but implementing it has been an ongoing struggle.  Don't worry, you'll get all the details of that on this journey as well.  The steps I outline in this blog will build on each other.  While step 1 will be for this week, it will continue throughout this journey.  Step #1 toward my weightloss goal for this first week: CUT OUT THE COFFEE.  I know, I know...this is absolutely crazy as I am an avid coffee drinker.  However, in my past battles of the bulge, I've found that when I stop drinking coffee, I don't binge later in the day.  For me, that equals success.  So, week 1 is removing the caffeine (and the sugar associated with it) from my life.  If you see me and I'm grumpy, you know why.  Feel free to cross the street...I'll understand.

I'm not eating any more food today.  I've had more than my share by far.  Tomorrow is a new day with a new purpose and a new life.  I'm going to wake up, go for a run, spend some quiet time reflecting, and eat to live.  I am done living to eat.  My life is more than food; I am more than food.  I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a personal trainer, a running coach, a motivator, a cook, a homemaker, a marathoner, a triathlete, a maid, a reader, a writer, and so much more.  I'm going to start living my life that way.  Go live your's.