I had a breakthrough recently, and while I’m not ready to discuss it openly here, it’s something I’ve wrongly believed about myself for as long as I can remember. It came about through watching the final episodes of The Biggest Loser.
Another breakthrough came more recently after a particularly bad 48hr period of eating really crap food.
I was violently ill.
My body clearly did not like what I was doing do it. I have previously vowed never to eat takeaway food before and failed, so I’m not going to talk in ‘absolutes’ again, I don’t need the guilt. Instead I’m going to put my focus on eating as healthy as possible in every scenario. I have not had any junk takeaway food since that day.
I believe my thinking is one of the biggest reasons I haven’t valued myself enough to make lasting changes towards a healthy lifestyle. So how do I turn that thinking around?
~ Taking one day at a time. I’ve already had to catch myself thinking ‘yeah I’m doing ok so far, but can I really keep it up for 12 whole weeks?’. Of COURSE I can! Just take one day at a time.
~ Catching those thoughts as they happen and changing them into positive statements.
~ Remind myself daily of the TRUTH.
What makes THIS time different to my previous efforts at 12WBT?
I’ve made more time available to get a good start.
I have everything I need at my fingertips: gym membership, treadmill at home, exercise DVDs, hand weights, Polar HRM.
I’m faced with the reality of my situation, and only I can change it to achieve what I want. No-one else can do it, or want it for me. It is up to ME. The buck stops here.
No amount of wanting or wishing or hoping will get it done. I have to ACTUALLY DO IT!
As our daughter grows older, she is learning food habits from ME, and I have to provide a better example. Not only what I prepare for myself, but for her also.
I have no excuses. There are no reasons to fail, and EVERY reason to succeed.
My internal excuses.
I’ve been good this week, I can have <insert food item here>. NO! Consistency is key. Follow the program, don’t give in now!!! Imagine how you will feel if you stray from the plan, and have a poor result at weigh-in day. It’s not worth it. Focus on having balance, not ‘I’ve been good/bad’.
I’m not fit enough. Pfffft. Think of Margie on The Biggest Loser, if she can do it, I CAN DO IT!! I am actually fitter than I realise.
My external excuses within my control.
It’s too cold. Toughen up princess!! You’ll be nice and warm once you start. JFDI. Don’t think about it – just DO IT! Go into robot mode.
It’s too late. It’s NEVER too late! Why didn’t you train earlier? GO.TO.BED.EARLY!!!! Train in the morning. Think of Margie on The Biggest Loser, training at 2AM!!
I can’t afford it. You can’t afford NOT to do this. Think of the example you are setting for your family. Eating healthy is how we live now, and we’re just going to get used to it, and get on with it!
My external excuses outside my control.
Family illness. Make the best food choices available to you. Where possible, use my training as stress relief.
Work crisis. Make the best food choices available to you. Where possible, use my training as stress relief.
I’m sure there are more excuses rolling around in my head, and I will catch them as they pop up, and I will update this list as required.
I don’t think I could be any more serious about this journey!