Hope this works!

So I’ve signed up for DietBet, I want to give it a try and see if money can help be my motivation!

Basically you pledge some money (usually between $25 and $150 depending on the game) and then you work hard doing what you do to to lose a percentage of your body fat. Winners have the money divided amongst them! There are a lot of rules and processes to prevent cheating so at least I know everyone playing is facing the same things as me.

I’ve signed up for a 6 month challenge, its going to cost $25 per month and as long as I lose 10% by the time the game ends I’ll get the money back, and then some!

My main aim is to not lose any money. As long as I focus and keep up with the changes I’ve put in place this year, its going to happen.

Go me!

Meeting, measuring, and falling

So I was suppose to meet with my wellness coach last night for a catch up, weigh in, and get measured. BUT she was running late and missed our appointment time so that was that. I was a bit glad as I know my numbers wouldn’t have been great this time, but it was also disappointing because I know I’ve done better so I was interested to see where I was up to.

I ate a lot of junk over the weekend, on Sunday I felt so crap I made myself drink loads of water and I went out and got some tea to inspire me to drink it instead of bad stuff. I have managed to cut out the soft drink (again) but for some reason I just had to have burgers on the weekend.

I’m headed on holiday as of Sunday and I’m excited to make some more progress on my walking and eating right. Given I wont have a car I’ll have to walk more. In the past I have always lost weight while on holiday so lets hope I keep that up!

Anyway I just wanted to check in and let you know what’s been going on.

Peace out.

Average

I want my life to be extraordinary. I want to look back with awe and pride for how I lived my amazing life.

Lately I feel so average. Sleep, work, sleep, work, sleep, work. Weekends have even become a blur of sleep, a few catch ups, and preparing for the week ahead. Is it because I’m working for someone else? I’m helping them achieve their goals, spending more then 40 hours a week at a desk never pushing myself, never taking charge of my life.

Do I have what it takes to quit? To create another path for myself?

And then I remember bills, hopes and dreams that rely on this steady income. Even considering these things, I don’t want to look back at my life and regret not taking that step.

Taking the time and making the effort to make one of my biggest dreams come true (reaching my goal weight) is making me want to make more of my dreams come true. BUT one thing at a time. The worst thing I can do is take on too much now and lose sight of my main goal for 2015.

But I can still dream…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year its a no-brainer!

I’m a huge fan of stationary. The better I can plan and organise a project the easier it is to pull off, not to mention how organised it makes me feel. So why would I treat my weight loss goals any differently?

20150105_082759I splurged over the new year break and bought myself a new diary for 2015. I already have one for organising my general appointments and reminders, but to really take control of the year I wanted a diary I can write in every day, take everywhere as its not too big or bulky, where I can track what I’m eating, how many steps I get done each day, how much water I drank, how I’m feeling – all of that.

I find it too personal to put this stuff in my appointment diary as other people see that when I’m booking things in. This is for my eyes only!

I have added colourful tabs along the top that mark out the half way point, and end of each month so I can clearly see how much further I have to go before my next deadline. I also found this neat pencil case that slips over the cover of my book and holds my pens. No more excuses not to do my food entries because I don’t have a pen handy. I also use planning as a way to avoid the kitchen and snacking so being able to have this with me is really key.

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So happy with this buy! It has really been keeping me on track!!

Its come to an end

It’s the end my relationship with my comfort zone. Just this morning I was thinking ‘why can’t exercise feel as good as lying in bed?’.  My brains instant reaction was to say ‘because you don’t change or grow with comfort, you don’t push your boundaries and discover the real you, now get out of bed and be the person you want to be’.

Fit me 1, lazy me 0.

It is how it is. If being super fit were easy there would be no unfit people. My goals mean a lot to me, my comfort zone is always holding me back and slowing my progress. So this is it, my comfort zone needs to get lost, we’re through!

I’ve discovered a key

Losing weight requires motivation, determination, and will power, as well as changes to eating, exercise, sleep, and stress-management habits. But what I never really think about is how important it is to be organised. It’s extraordinarily difficult to prep healthy food and get to the gym if you don’t have an organised schedule to fit it all in.

I pride myself on how organised I can be in my work, with my blog and my social life. My family all tease me about how organised I am, so you’d think I would have realised that creating a more orderly plan for my fitness and weightloss would make things happen more easily.

My trouble is that I feel like I do too much planning, I plan and plan and never start! I’m so focused on getting the plan perfect that I wont start it until its exactly how I want it. The I decide that planning is a waste of time so I don’t plan, and big surprise, nothing happens.

I’ve decided I need to plan it as if it were a project for my Boss. That she needs it ready for the week ahead and that it needs to be in the calendar and ready to go. There needs to be time for meal planning, shopping, food prep, and then routine exercise time (minimum of 30mins) each day. It doesn’t need to be perfect because she needs it now, it just needs to be doable.

See how a plan is more achievable when you think about it like this? If I were planning this for myself I would try and book things to the minute and that is just not realistic.

Alright, time to head out for my morning walk, like a boss.

 

This is it!

It’s 6 days in to 2015 and I’m on track to making this my year. MY year, you know, the year when I turn my life around and reach my health and fitness goals. Yep, that’s what this is. Given how far I have to go I have actually given myself 18 months to really turn things around and in that time reach my goal weight. I need to talk about it, write about it, shout it from the rooftops because this year, this month, this week, this day, its happening.

Some of you may doubt me, and that’s ok. After all only 42% of people actually decide on a resolution, and 82% of them don’t achieve their resolutions at all.

But I have it all. I have the plan, I have the time, the dedication, and nothing is going to get in my way of reaching my goals this year.

I had a huge light bulb moment this morning. Everyone was chatting about what they did over the Christmas break and we found ourselves on the topic of fitbits. I got myself one at least 12 months ago to help me measure my fitness so it was interesting to hear that a number of other people have them and easily reach 10,000 steps a day, usually more. Considering I average 4,000 to 6,000 steps I can see why I’m so out of shape.

So to help me achieve my goals this year I’m planning some new routines to help me boost my steps each day. When I compare myself to others I can see how they manage to fit so many steps into each day: they have families to get ready in the morning (and plenty of running around after them) I just have me so they’d do double my steps right there, some walk to work, others do morning errands (dropping kids off at day care etc), I go directly to work, they walk up the street at lunch time, I read, they walk home or run kids around, I head home and work on my store/blog/make dinner. See what I mean?

My fitbit is charged, and I’m ready for another week of awesome. Bring it on!

Too much feasting for my liking!

Why is it, at Christmas, I feel the need to eat until I feel so full I’m going to burst? Is it because the food is there? Is it because that’s what I have always done? Is it because I love food and its so tasty? Is it because I have a big family and this is the one time I could have whatever I want and as much as I like?

Honestly I think it is a mixture of all of these reasons. There are a number of delicious things to eat and I have 3 times what anyone would normally have. Not only that but its usually lunch AND dinner. No wonder I put on weight over Christmas. But not this year!

This year I’m having a plate like this:

Well it wont look exactly like that, but that is the measurement method I’ve been working with. I need to make sure I don’t snack outside of meals and if I do its health and only because I am genuinely hungry. I’m wearing jeans today. My only pare of jeans and they feel tight and uncomfortable. I’m stressing because I know where I’m headed and I can’t seem to make myself care enough to stop. I just keep sitting on my ass and eating whatever I like.

But that isn’t who I am, and I want who I really am to shine through to the outside, not be covered up with weight. With Christmas comes a new year and this year is going to be the year I publish my before and after photos. This year I’m going to take charge and make my dream come true. I know I will stumble, you can’t reach 28 and not know you will fail, but I know I will get back up and make this happen.

Here’s to my best year yet!