Yesterday was reckoning with reality and taking the first step to change – admitting it, not just to myself, but to the world. Today is the day to start with a clean slate, and like an artist staring at a blank canvas, I need to get started with the masterpiece. Where do I begin?
I have in mind what the big picture should be, but need to get specific – I need to draw the outlines.
To say that I need to lose weight is your typical New Year’s Resolution – and yes, I’m a cynic about the concept. Mainly because most people leave it at that – they want the big picture to suddenly appear without ever taking the time to draw the outlines. If you’re a paint by numbers kind of artist, it’s time to assess with numbers. That means weigh and measure to see where you are right now. Once that’s done, establish a specific goal and be realistic – 2 pounds per week is considered healthy weight loss.
Next, you have to set a time frame. I want to lose 12 pounds and at 2 pounds a week, it will take me 6 weeks to accomplish that goal. Wow! That’s a long time – we’re talking mid-February! I’m already a bit dismayed at the thought. So, I’m going to shorten that and really go for the gold.
The truth is, I have a shorter range goal. My daughter is getting married at the end of January and you know what that means – photos! If I can drop just 5 pounds, I’ll be happy. So there you have it. My long term and a shorter term goal. Now, fight the overwhelming feeling, Mary. Take it one day at a time.
Today’s goal: purge all leftover holiday stuff from the kitchen, go to the grocery store and cruise the outer perimeter for fresh food and pick up some color (fresh fruits and veggies) but first, go to the gym and knock out a circuit – alternating cardio with strength. At some time in between, work… and finish helping my husband transfer his office to a new suite. Yep, got my outlines drawn for the day! Let’s do this!