I can't tell you guys how much your comments mean to me right now. I've had a really REALLY hard day at work today and I've come home just deflated. And then remembering my bad diet decisions and how exhausted I am, was just the icing on the cake. And then I read your comments and suddenly I felt like...wait a minute...I CAN do this! I can still get my workout in today! I have 4 more days til weigh in! No reason to be down over the one day so soon!!!
One of the things I'm working on in regards to my job is my goals. I mean, we all have them. We all have to set them; but I'm learning that the more specific you are, the better you do. Does that make sense? So if I say, for example- "I want to lose 5 pounds this month" and I do nothing else in regards to how I'm going to achieve that goal...how successful will I really be? I may lose 2 pounds. I may lose all 5. I may lose nothing. Who knows. The key word in all of those sentences is "may". It's up to chance. However, if I say..."I want to lose 5 pounds this month" and then I proceed to line out exactly how I'm going to do it (I.E. that's 1.3 pounds a week; I'm going to exercise 50 minutes for 5 days of the week; I'm going to drink only water; I'm going to eat all fruits and vegetables and whole grains, with lean meats, I'm going to weigh in every week to see where I'm at and adjust my program accordingly, etc) then I will know after week 1 alone exactly where I'm at and what I need to change/adjust by week 2 to stay on target.
I know that you're probably already aware of all of this; but I am learning it all over in regards to my job. Which of course, makes me think about it in regards to my weight loss and everything else in my life. Yes, it can be a hassle to sit down initially and figure out every detail in advance. But in the end, how much further along will you get if you have the plan laid out? How about the rest of your life besides weight loss? Do you have a plan laid out? Do you know where you want to be in 5 years? 10? How exactly are you going to get there? The key that I'm learning is specifics. You have GOT to get super detailed and super specific in order to really get to where you want to go.
Ok, I have to start setting my goals for this month, and then break them down by week and then day. It's going to be tedious. But I'm anxious to see what the difference will be compared to my normal goal setting of: "I want to accomplish X. Great. Now...what do I want to eat?"
What's your goal for the Month of March???