So on my previous post, I wrote about my Game Plan for the Week to get back on track
I am going to give a daily update all this week on how I did with my goals to keep myself accountable
Before I start, I want to state that I am a big believer in setting small, achievable goals because this is what has worked for me in the past.
I have a loooong history of feeling overwhelmed by even the smallest tasks. It comes from a combination of many things from past experiences to my inborn personality traits but suffice it to say this—I am someone who can become depressed and mentally defeated very easily. So when it comes to tackling goals, I have to find a method or strategy that counteracts this. For me getting back on track with exercise and weight loss has very little to do with the PHYSICAL….in the beginning.
You see in the beginning I have to fight a mental battle. I have to find a way to even mentally pull myself up to the START line.
Never mind all the other things that go along with working out….like how long, how far, heart rate, how many reps
None of that matters if you can’t even make yourself get out of bed!
So I am reminding myself today that for me—the battle is in the MIND—especially at first when forming the new habits and breaking the bad ones.
As I mentioned before, consistency and motivation are the two areas I am mainly focusing on when getting back on track.
So for this week, my goal is to work out my MENTAL muscles by being consistent in achieving small goals that will remind me that I am capable of getting things done if I just put one foot in front of the other and “keep getting the ball down the field” as my Mom used to always say to me when I felt overwhelmed.
I was reminded this morning as I woke up to face this day that my fight right now is more mental than physical. This verse came to my mind.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood….but against the powers of this dark world
Maybe a little overdramatic when compared to defeating a cupcake but for me— this is the truth when it comes to battling overeating or any other addictive habit.
It is true even of the simple things like making myself do the laundry or go for a walk!!!
I fight far more mentally in all these areas than I ever have in the physical realm.
So having said all that, here is how it went today with my goals
I said I would work out this week using My Planet Fitness Routine
But I didn’t.
Right away I woke up feeling defeated and paralyzed. I started stressing about where my shoes and workout clothes were even located. (hello….housework and organization goals…they are further down the list). I went to get my phone so I could listen to the Joyce Meyer podcast ( as preplanned) but I realized that when I had plugged my phone in….apparently I didn’t push the plug in all the way….so it never charged and was on 1%. DRAT! I went for an ipod but then realized I couldnt get my brand new wireless headhones to work. I had bought them thinking that would motivate me more but then I couldn’t figure the darn things out. By this time, I was annoyed. Additionally, the very idea of driving to the gym made me want to quit before I started. Like I said before–the battlefield is in the MIND!
I procrastinated and delayed. And then it hit me that I was in danger. I was reminded of all the things I said above. That it not so much WHAT I do physically (in the beginning) but rather THAT I do SOMETHING.
So I threw on clothes and shoes and walked out the door.
Here I am looking a tad scary but I promised myself I would snap pics and keep accountable so here it is!
I went around the block. That was it.
It took very little time.
It wasn’t physically difficult for me at all.
I would venture to say you could not even call that a workout.
BUT I DID IT
Check the victory box and don’t look back.
It doesn’t matter that I didn’t do the Planet Fitness Routine today.
What matters is that I got out of bed.
So all this week that is my plan.
Walk in the neighborhood first thing in the morning and be reminded of the following
THE BEST EXERCISE…..IS THE ONE YOU’LL ACTUALLY DO
2. FOOD PLAN
My plan for this week was to drink my shakes during the day and plan/cook a meal every night this week that will fit into my low carb/low sugar food plan.
This went surprisingly well. I started with my morning coffee mixed with a vanilla Atkins shake.
I continued with an Atkins shake every 2-3 hours “as needed” depending on how hungry/anxious I felt.
Still looking scary but here’s the pic…
For dinner, we went out to eat at Red Robin where I ordered the Cobb Salad
I decided that I would begin tackling my housework using Flylady’s 31 Babysteps.
Today the task was to shine the kitchen sink.
Now how did I do? Well I would have to say I got it done “sort of”
I didn’t have most of the cleaning supplies I really needed to seriously get this job done. But I did get all the dishes out of the sink and rinsed it out.
Yes it is a so-so job….but something is better than nothing!
Don’t analyze the cleanliness of it….just notice that it’s empty!
And in other tasks that I have procrastinated on….
1. I called the veterinarian about Brownie
2. I called the exterminator about a rat who is mooching off me rent free in the garage that I can’t seem to evict. Ever seen the movie Mouse Hunt?
Yeah that’s my life….
3. I took 3 out of my 4 kids to the dentist!! Here we are on the way….they were so thrilled (sarcasm)…and…..CJ needs a haircut (but that’s for another to-do list)
And while at the dentist, they had a full length mirror in the bathroom so I snapped a pic
Full visual disclosure of my 15 pound weight gain relapse..
I’m pretty sure that when I gain weight, it all immediately goes to my stomach and butt
Because ya know….that’s just what I need!!!!
So all in all….I’d call today a success. On to the next!