The poll question is an interesting one. I don't like the idea of New Year's resolutions. Why? Because they make us feel as if the only time we can or should think about big changes in our lifestyle is around this time of year. Most people who think that way have given up on that resolution in 2 or 3 months' time.
A resolution doesn't just have to be made at the beginning of a new year. It can and should be made when you experience your Ah-ha! moment. That it is when it becomes time to take action, as you're making a conscious decision to change for yourself, and not setting unrealistic goals because society or the media tells you it's that time of year to do so.
That being said, I am on the way to losing 10% of my body weight. When I started this journey near the end of October 2013 I was 202.5 lbs. It is now mid-December, and I am roughly 188. And you know what? I am feeling GREAT already! I have already started to experience many of the benefits discussed in the article. I have never had issues sleeping, but I feel that I sleep better now because I feel more accomplished at the end of a day for working out and taking other steps to improve my health and my life during the day. I have more energy that lasts longer throughout the day. I don't overeat anymore; I eat when it's time to and have an occasional snack, but often find that I don't even need that because the food I'm eating is high in nutrients and low in things like saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Not only am I losing weight, but my measurements are slowly decreasing and I am becoming stronger and more capable of completing my workouts. My confidence is also building! Even though I'm still well above my goal weight of 140, I feel that I look better in my clothes, particularly in workout clothing. So if I decide to join a gym or attend fitness classes anytime soon I won't be too concerned about how I look in comparison to everyone else. In fact, many of my clothes are now much too lose! It's always a good feeling (and a serious motivator) when you discover that you have to buy new clothes because you LOST weight rather than because you've gained it. And where I didn't always feel sexy enough for fun nights with my man, I now feel MUCH better about how I look without clothes on. Again, I'm still nowhere near my goal weight, but I am more toned and less flabby. He hasn't seen my like this in years and is kind enough to show his appreciation. That's also a serious motivator!
Once I reach the initial goal of losing 10% of of my weight, I plan to treat myself with a day of shopping. I'm already putting money aside for it so that I don't feel the need to overspend, but so that I can buy my new clothing and shoes with confidence! It just so happens that this goal should be reached around the first of the year 2014, so not too long now! And it will be nice to start off the new year with new things and a new outlook on my strength and ability to keep it going. So if I make any resolutions for 2014, it will be to stick to my current goals and enjoy feeling good in my new skin and my new wardrobe!
- 12/14/2013 2:21:30 PM