I don’t know about you, but I am ready to have a fresh start for 2018. I am normally not a New Year resolution kind of girl, but I am ready to make some changes and make 2018 a year for getting healthy. Do you have any changes you want to make?
A New Friend
I met a new friend the other day and he shared how he had lost 90 pounds in a year. I asked him the secret to his success. He said he walked most every day and ate less food. Genius, right? He pushed himself one day a week with high intensity, but the rest of the time he just walked, and as time progressed, he walked farther with less effort. Another thing he did was weigh every day and he took pictures of his scale. He also wrote down his goals, put them on a big white board in his bedroom, and told everyone he knew. After talking with him and seeing his success, I feel inspired to do the same.
As women, many of us struggle with self-esteem and self-worth. We constantly compare ourselves to others, have negative opinions of our bodies and have negative self-talk. There are many things that contribute to our self-worth. Some of them include how we were treated by our parents and other family members, experiences growing up, our weight, outward appearance, emotions, beliefs, relationships, and how we feel about ourselves.
Personally, one of the biggest areas I struggle with is my weight. Like many overweight people, I am an emotional and stress eater and of course my weakness is carbs. I also sit in front of a computer all day (and then sometimes all night for my blog). That is a lot of sitting. My cholesterol is high, and by golly, IT IS TIME to do some things differently. I believe that I can achieve change. I am going on a journey, and I am inviting you to join me.
Time for Change
Today is December 20, 2017 and I have decided to make some changes. I weighed in today and I took a picture of my scale. I’m not going to feel bad or depressed about the number on the scale because that will not help me. Yes, I would be happier and healthier if the number was lower. My goal for the year is to lose 60 pounds. You are invited to take the journey with me and to make the changes you want to commit to. I will be accountable to you, and I encourage you to be accountable to someone. Ready to get started? Here is a list of things to do:
- Write down your goals. It can be one goal or several, but write them down and keep your list visible so you will see your goals several times a day.
- Tell everyone you know. People will encourage you and ask how you are doing and hopefully understand better when you pass on their homemade chocolate chip cookies.
- Make a plan. Plan your food for the week and your walking schedule. I need to make a drastic change and bring my lunch to work along with healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day.
- Start a food log and write down everything you eat and drink.
- If you want my (free) meal ideas, shopping list and food log for a week, sign up in the sidebar or if you are on your phone or tablet, at the bottom of the screen.
My Personal Goals
Here are my personal goals. You can use them or adapt them to fit your goals.
- Create balance in life for these 5 areas:
- Health (fitness, food, sleep)
- Personal relationships
- Spiritual development
- Lose 60 pounds in 2018
- Make new blog friends
- Read encouragement daily
- Maintain a positive outlook
- Be grateful for all things
- Read uplifting and encouraging words every day. There are many encouraging books out there. Read the bible or devotionals, or something positive that works for you.
- Eat and drink healthy (high quality proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, no processed foods, low sugar, low carb, as much water as you can – up to 100 oz per day).
- Walk 30 mins to 1 hour each day. Find the best time every day to accomplish this based on your schedule. It can be morning, lunch, or after work.
- Weigh every day so that adjustments can be made on the spot. If the scale is high, eat less or walk more.
- Follow a meal plan but be flexible depending on how your body feels.
- Practice positive self talk and thoughts. We tend to sabotage ourselves with negative thoughts. Let’s be kind to ourselves and just move forward.
- Write down what you are grateful for every day. If you keep a gratitude journal it will keep you focused on good things instead of complaining about the problems.
Let’s DO THIS!
If you want to make changes of your own, please join me on the journey. It doesn’t have to be weight loss. Maybe you want to say positive affirmations every morning, or perhaps you want to have more prayer or meditation time. Maybe you want to work on your self esteem. Whatever your goals are, let me know by commenting on the post, or sending me an email. I would love your company and to encourage you along the way. Decide. Tell me what you want to change and how I can help. I believe we can do anything we set our minds to.
Be the Best YOU in 2018!
Join me on my 2018 journey to lose 60 pounds by eating healthy and walking daily. I will provide you with my free tools to make it super easy. I will also have recipes on my blog! We can encourage each other along the way. Are you ready? Let's DO THIS.