Friday, September 18, 2009

September, You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

It's true. September hasn't seen much of anything from me as far as fitness, weight loss, and feeling better about myself goes. But I've put some thought into Tristi's challenge, and here are some things I can commit to for the next 13 days.

1 - I will do some kind of formal exercise for at least 20 minutes every day but Sunday.

This might be something as intense as running sprints, something moderate like going on a bike ride, swimming laps, or lifting weights, or something easy like taking a walk around the neighborhood. I'll try to shoot for something more on the moderate or even intense end of the spectrum several days a week, but the minimum is just to get into the habit of doing /something/ every day.

2 - I will only eat sweets at one sitting each day. Instead of having a "free day" each week, I've decided to have a "free hour" each day.

It's sad that this would be a great improvement, but right now, promising myself I can pig out on a free day isn't enough to curb the cravings at the moment. Six days of clean eating is too long-term, sadly enough. But if I can ask myself, "Do I really want to eat this ice cream sandwich right now? Because if I do, I can't have dessert when I go out with DH tonight, or I can't eat a handful of cookies or a bowl of ice cream tonight when we sit down to watch our show," I think it will either keep me from eating the ice cream sandwich in that moment, or it will keep me honest that night when I sit down to watch TV, so I don't reach for a midnight snack because I know I just ate that ice cream sandwich a few hours ago.

And . . . that's it. I have a few other goals I'm going to make, but these are the only two that have to do with my physical fitness. I think I'll even make myself a little chore chart and use the stickers I bought for the kids' charts to help keep myself on track. Maybe if the kids see me marking stuff off on my own chart, they'll be more motivated to get the stuff on their charts done, too. Yes? Or is this wishful thinking? LOL.

Thanks Tristi for inspiring me to push myself a little more, while giving myself permission to do it in a way that's realistic for where I am right now in my life. I'll keep you updated on how it goes.


Tristi said...

Awesome, realistic goals. You can do it!

Jenn Wilks said...

Well, Day 1 went well. I stuck to my "Free Hour" rule, and I also did a very low-key workout. It didn't involve any equipment, videos, gym passes, timers, or fanfare. I just stretched and did push-ups, crunches, leg lifts, and various other little on-the-floor exercises.

It felt good. I like feeling like I DID IT even though the things I accomplished normally wouldn't seem like much to me.

Marta O. Smith said...

Little things can make a big difference.