Where I'm starting over. From scratch. Time to stop using, "Well, I quit smoking" as an excuse for "I gained it all back." It's not rocket science; I'm not stupid; and excuses are just that - excuses.
- Commit to and trust the process. The following quote (and copious amounts of raw jalapeno peppers) helped me to quit smoking, and I doubt they'll fail me now:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!'"
- W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951
- Deliberately form better habits. They're obviously not forming themselves. Supposedly, it takes about three weeks to a month to form a new habit (bad habits may take significantly less time). Some sites that may be helpful:
Zen Habits at http://zenhabits.net/
My Bad Habits at http://my-bad-habits.blogspot.com/
- Eat healthier, fresher, foods in the right quantities (1200 -1550 calories a day). Track nutrients and calories on SparkPeople. Some sites that might help:
World's Healthiest Foods: Food Advisor at http://whfoods.com/foodadvisor.php
- Drink more water (2 liters daily), less coffee (1 cup daily, at most).
Coffee is a diuretic and a stimulant that burns energy but gives nothing in return.
- Exercise more, realizing that even just getting up and walking up a flight of stairs once an hour is "more."
Get up and move, take more walks, just burn more energy.
- Set small, realistic goals and milestones. Maybe this isn't the year I climb Everest... maybe I'm NEVER going to climb Everest. How about a twenty-mile hike without dying?
Ultimately, my goal is to weigh 160 lbs. I can do that by November 21, easily, if I follow Nike's advice and "Just Do It."
- Be accountable.
Pictures don't lie. Well, not unless they're heavily photomanipulated. But that would be...cheating. Not to mention counterproductive.
According to the Food Advisor over at World's Healthiest Foods, I should be eating more of the following in order to boost my daily intake of nutrients I'm likely to be deficient in, and increase my energy:
According to the records of my gym membership, I'm either dead - or wasting a lot of money each month. Each time I write an exercise related goal, my fingers form the words "going to try to..." What's wrong with this picture? I am going to spend three hours sweating at the gym each week, whenever I can work it in. (Notice how cleverly I phrased that? I could just sit in the steam room...) I will never run a Marathon; I fully intend to die with my own, original knees. But I would like to have more endurance and stamina for the next time I tackle a hike like Cinder Cone, and I'm keeping "do one proper pushup" on my list of life goals. "Live until there's no life left in me, preferably in my hundreds," might be a good goal to add.
Care to join me? What's motivating you or holding you back? What excuses do you make for dragging your feet or not reaching your goals? Are you as healthy as you want to be? If so, share what's worked best for you.