A week ago I posted (whined) about not having a competition to keep me motivated in pursuing my health goals and my low carb lifestyle.
Low carb living has been pretty easy in the past two years, but I'm not really losing weight. I'm also not really gaining weight either. I guess at 50 years old I should be grateful.
By the end of that post I had developed a competition for myself to fit into my wedding dress by my anniversary on May 10. (That's two dress sizes and some toning.)
I've read several articles and snippets over the past week of expert opinions and other stories about how to be wildly successful.
Since I did achieve my goal of losing 1 pound this week, I have to believe it has something to do with what I'm learning and practicing. Here is what I am doing that is helping me mentally:
1. Track everything. 8 weeks ago I created a spreadsheet in Google Drive to track my progress with habits I want to change. I haven't been perfect by any means, but it is interesting how tracking what I am doing is really affecting my mindfulness. The beauty of the tracking is that I can keep adding once I have been consistently successful with something. Here are some of the things on my list:
- drink more tea especially decaf at night
- drink only 2 cups of coffee with cream per day
- cut down the alcohol to a maximum of 2 drinks per day
- listen to my affirmations
2. Reminding myself that I am in it for the long haul. With my busy schedule its much easier to go for a 20 minute workout that turns into 30 because I'm having fun than psyching myself into a long workout. I am listening to fun music and really playing with the exercise as if I'm a kid on the playground. I can't think of any reason this shouldn't be fun.
3. Starting a streak. Today I started a running streak. I usually walk/run 2-3 miles every time I work out. This streak has me focused on developing my ability to run without stopping. It's not a streak yet because it is only one day. The plan is to run 1/4 of a mile as part of my work out every day for the next 30 days. After that I'll spend 40 days running 1/2 mile. Slowly I will work up to a mile. If I can do it consistently without quitting I might try for the running streak to be listed on the registry. I'm not making any big promises. This is just supposed to be for fun.
Other things I'm trying out include:
- brewing a special pot of tea at dinner (to replace the wine I'd like to have)
- watching positive and quality shows in the evening with my hubby from things I've recorded or have access to on Amazon prime
It doesn't hurt that I'm going public with this challenge (even if my dear brother is the only one who reads these). I am motivated to stay above the RED LINE next week.
Speaking of fun, I listened to this song as I was wrapping up my workout. I don't care if anyone saw me dancing up the hallway.