I’m not sure I believe it myself, but somehow I managed to convince over 75 of you to send me your before picture. 75!!! If I manage to collect money from everyone who pledged the $10 AND sent in a picture, the winner of TWLC2 is going to come away from this challenge feeling very, very happy. I don’t want this round to be like last time though, with dozens of people signing up but only a handful sending me a results picture at the end.
The key to lasting change, is going to be vocalizing the changes you want to make right from the get-go. Here are the changes I’m committing to over the next few months:
1. I will only have sweetened foods (that means any type of sweetener, excluding fruit) one day per month. Thanksgiving day, Christmas, Halloween, New Years Day, Valentines Day, etc. Once I use up my day, I have to wait until the next month for candy or pastries or almonds dipped in honey or whatever it may be. (One exception to this is eating over at someone’s house as a guest for dinner. I will accept dessert whenever it is personally offered by my host.)
2. I will only have white flour once per month. Same rules as above.
3. I will strength train on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If I fail to train at least once a week for the next three months I will go through the work of finding a friend to work out with (and coordinate babysitting somehow).
4. I will run/do-some-sort-of-cardio on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday/Saturday.
5. I will start the B210K program.
6. Measure myself for inches lost every 8 weeks, instead of focusing solely on the scale.
7. Start recording pictures of what I eat on a daily basis on the food blog again. This one is very important because it helps me practice “mindful eating”, something I always need to work on.
8. Re-evaluate everything in 3 months. Adjust.
Those are my goals, and now it’s your turn. You won’t make any changes unless you verbalize them! You can write them in the comment section below, print them out on your refrigerator, write a post on your own blog, whatever works for you so that you know the changes you are going to make and can refer back to them as needed.
Remember that some of the keys to setting good goals include being specific (I not only said I would run, I noted the days I would do so), and I think most importantly not intending to overhaul your entire life in a day. The things I cited above are small shifts in my way of life, but important ones. If you’re coming from a completely different place, don’t set yourself up for failure by writing down monstrous changes that you’ll never stick with. Pick a handful of things, work on them for a month, or two, or three, and then re-evaluate in a pre-determined amount of time to give yourself a chance to analyze your progress and see how you can continue to improve.