Sunday, December 28, 2008

My New Year's Resolution: Weight Loss, of Course

As 2008 comes to an end I find myself reflecting on goals met and goals unmet. One of my goals for the year was to focus on building my relationship coaching business after the birth of my third child. Goal met. This has proven to be a lot of work, yet very rewarding. Another goal that comes to mind every time I look in the mirror is probably the most popular goal of all time-the weight loss resolution. Goal unmet...until now.

Every year, someone comes up with some sort of slogan or theme for the coming year like "looking great in 2008." I think mine will be "looking and feeling fine in 2009." I'll post it by the treadmill, right over an old picture of me in my younger, more fit days. How's that for motivation?I think I'll use that old picture as one way to help me reach my fitness goals. So far, so good. Every time I get the urge to go back for seconds I think about that picture. Of course, that picture was taken pre-marriage and pre-baby, but it still serves a purpose-a visual, motivational purpose.

Secondly, I'll try eating healthier. They say eating more fruits and vegetables is not only nutritious, but it helps shed extra pounds. They are right-whoever "they" is. In the past two weeks I have lost 4 pounds by snacking on fruit instead of my beloved honey buns.

"They" offered more advice. Drink more water rings in my head constantly. I even bought a 32 ounce water bottle. It's actually more like a huge jug that can be a bit cumbersome to carry around once I factor in the oversized baby bag, my briefcase, and the kids. Can't complain too much, I'm burning extra calories. In the end, it'll all be worth it.

Now, I can't forget about exercise. "They" have offered more helpful advice. It seems I need to do this at least four times a week in addition to my healthy eating and drinking habits. After being up and down with my infant all night I would rather sleep in some mornings. But look, there's that old picture of me hanging near the treadmill reminding me of how it will feel to be able to put on a pair of jeans without sucking in my stomach. In the end, I'll be glad I got out of bed.

Finally, I'll have to be accountable to someone. Studies show that when a person joins a weight loss club or incorporates other people into their fitness regimen in some way they are likely to lose more weight than a person going it alone. So far, I have told a bunch of family members, female family members who hold no punches when it comes to telling another woman about her appearance. If they don't motivate you to take a look in the mirror I don't know what else will. In the end, self-determination is my motivator.

Put all these strategies together and I think my weight loss goal will move from unmet to mission accomplished and in the end...I'll feel great.

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