Hello, friends. You’re talking to a new woman today. That’s right, everyday I get to begin at choosing the life I want to live again. It’s not a dress rehearsal, you know. Well anyway, I wanted to chat today about my goal to tighten my belt in 2012. Yes, that means weightloss. This week started the journey (again) in which I endeavor to lose weight. I know it can be done because I’ve done it before (3x) and I’ve been yo-yo-ing for a year now around a number I’d love to say goodbye to. So here goes…
This is not easy for me to share, but I’ve struggled with this my entire life and I’m through with it now. I really don’t care what other people think of me anymore, but I do care about my body because it is a temple and I should treat it as such. I know I’ve gotta have a plan for the weightloss time and the life after weightloss time. That means I can’t just lose the weight and then throw everything to the wind and pray that I won’t gain it back, I have to change my mind (see love inspired life for more on that).
Food has always been an idol to me, in the fact that I put it on a pedestal in my life. I need to stop living to eat and start eating to live in a way that keeps me healthy and puts off the obsession of food. I used to eat to calm my feelings, it made everything “better” or so I thought, and I felt “happy” after I ate something uber-good. I know now that that type of eating habit is the result of a sickness in the way I think and I need to change it.
So here’s the plan.
Burn more calories: I will need to workout to reach my calorie expenditure every day so I know how much I’m losing and it gives me a goal to reach to. I plan on working out 5-8 times a week (twice on Mon and Wed and once on Tues, Thurs, Friday and Sunday), 3 of those times with my workout group 6AM!! and the other times being at the gym doing a class or jogging with the dog.
Post here: peer pressure works, so I’m going social with my weight loss plan. I extremely dislike being this public, but I know it will keep me reliable.
Eat less calories and better foods: I’m cutting a lot of the processed mumbo jumbo (no lean cuisines either!) and going for home-cooked, balanced meals that fit the calorie bill of 1,200-1,400 calories per day.
Start thinking like a champ: I know I can’t do this on my own so I’m starting some spiritual warfare too. God only gives us temptations that we can prevail from, and I’m using my strength in Him to keep me going. Plus, I’m examining why I think about foods the way I do so I can change my mind.
Drinking more water. Our trainers at the gym say that you should only drink 64 ounces of water if you are a 128 lb. person. That is, the more you weigh and the more you expend liquid (i.e. sweat from workout) the more you should drink. That breaks down into the simple rule of drinking half your body weight. It’s gonna be tough for this cactus, but I’m gonna have to turn into a camel. Plus, drinking water keeps you less hungry.
Our pastor once told the congregation that the definition of sacrifice is giving up something you love, for something you love more. I think this is the perfect mantra for anyone who wants to change something in their life. I love my freetime to read and surf the web, but I love myself more. I love spending time at home when I’ve been at work all day, but I love myself more than just sitting around when I have this goal. I love creating culinary masterpieces (that might not be too healthy) but I love myself more. You fill in the blank:
I love _______ , but I love _____ more!
Update: Chris just popped in and said that he’s excited for this post, that he’ll actually read the blog now and that his word of advice for weight loss is to use what you could be six months from now as motivation for where you are today. In other words, every action you do should be questioned by
“is this helping me reach my goal?“
Speaking of, goals, I just want to be healthier and treat my body as a temple. Every day is a new day and I’m grateful that everyday I get to choose to live a healthy life. It’s not a target weight and any weightloss is better than none, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated every week whether my forearms are aching from body combat as I type or not.