One of my biggest personality flaws is lack of patience.
Like most of the modern world, I’ve spent the last decade or so able to get what I want, when I want it, with just a mouse click.
Unfortunately, the Internet hasn’t been kind enough to deliver smaller hips to my body with the click of a mouse. And it’s taken me too many false starts to count to figure out that the big changes I want take time (and work).
Since I don’t want to fail in developing healthy habits this time around, I’ve tried to readjust my attitude and goals.
Instead setting goals like –
- “I want to look 28 instead of 38”
- “I need to lose the flab so I look great in a bikini”
– I took a good, hard look at myself and also at the results of my recent physical as well as my family medical history.
- Cholesterol and triglycerides are OK. Higher than they used to be, but still OK.
- Sugar levels are higher than they used to be.
- Weight and BMI hitting the “high normal” range.
- No energy for anything
- Plus, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer … they all run in the family.
Time to make a change.
So as I check in with you after four weeks of getting up every morning, drinking my Shakeology, and pushing play on the DVD player (or lacing up my running shoes and hitting the pavement), I find myself not disappointed by the fact that I’ve “only” lost three pounds or that I still have unflattering bikini flab.
Or when I do have weak moments and start thinking discouraging thoughts, I try to focus on the positive health changes that have happened over the past four weeks.
Those positive changes are:
- I’m down to 147 lbs (I started at 150)
- I’ve lost 2 inches on my hips
- I have a lot more energy
- I have fewer “unhealthy” food cravings
- I sleep better
- I feel better in my clothes
After four weeks of working out, those are things to be proud of!
So as you sprint or trudge down your own fitness road, keep focused on the small things like having more energy or less cravings. These little changes will eventually add up to bigger changes if you don’t give up. The big changes will come. It just takes time!
And I admit it; eventually looking great in a bathing suit will be a pretty cool bonus.
Week Four (May 22 – 28, 2013) Check-In
Total Strength Workouts Scheduled for Week Four: 3
Completed – 3
Missed – 0
Total Cardio / Abs Workouts Scheduled for Week Four: 3
Completed – 3
Missed – 0
Four weeks down, eight to go! I’m going to do all I can to keep the “haven’t missed a workout yet” streak going. We’ve got this!
What goals do you focus on to keep yourself on the road to better health and fitness?
Are you in need of a little support or encouragement as you develop a new, healthy lifestyle? Join me and the rest of the Writer’s Fitness Plan group! We’re all at different stages in our journey and while we may get a bit wacky, we’re all about cheering each other on!
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