I CAN DO THIS!
We all have the greatest intentions to lose weight, to exercise more, to eat better, to quit smoking, etc. But actually doing it and sticking with it is downright hard. Others seem to succeed, why can’t I? When it comes down to it, I just can’t say no to that bowl of ice cream. I have the best intentions every night, but I just can’t get out of bed in the morning to exercise. I have had times of success in the past, why is it so hard for me to succeed right now? Why can’t I move forward in this one area of my life?
Over the past month I have gained 5 pounds. I ask myself how in the world have I gained 5 pounds? Unfortunately/fortunately I track my weight, exercise and calorie intake, so I can look at my logs to see how it happened. I gained it 1 pound at a time, eating too much food. With summer here I have enjoyed more ice cream than normal, and I have rationalized it because I have been exercising a lot. I could rationalize it even more my saying that those 5 pounds are from the muscle I have gained. On days that I have not felt well, physically or emotionally, I have decided “I NEED” the ice cream. I have allowed my thoughts and feelings to take the driver seat. But the fact is, I am back up 5 pounds and I don’t want to be here, so I have to take control and make a change.
I have done it before, and I can do it again. Here is what has worked for me in the past, and what I am going to put into place again.
- Remove the temptation: If something is too tempting to resist, remove it from your home and your life.
- Replace it with a better alternative: Many people are using the smokeless cigarettes to help them quit smoking. Find better snacks to eat. Find exercise that is fun.
- Be realistic about your time: If you are not a morning person, you are setting yourself up for failure if you plan to get up early to exercise. If you know that evenings are a time when you like a snack, set aside some calories (if you are counting calories) to allow for that snack. When we “WIN” at something it motivates us, so let’s set ourselves up to win!
- Plan ahead: If I am at a family function: I cannot even look at the dessert table or it is all over. Know what you need to do to succeed in a situation and do not waiver. If I am going to a restaurant, I go on-line to look at their menu. I decide what is going to work for me, and I do not even look at the menu when I get to the restaurant.
- Find what motivates you and use it to your advantage: I love rewards, so I have set a realistic goal to lose my 5 pounds by the end of August, and will reward myself when I meet my goal.
- Realize so many of our battles are in our mind: We do have the authority to make right decisions for ourselves. Everything is a choice.
Join me as I change my thoughts from “I NEED” to “I CAN DO THIS!” and let’s get back on track!
Are you willing to take authority of your thoughts and your environment to accomplish the goals that are important to you?