Back in January, I set 3 small goals for myself. I decided that 3 small goals would be easier to achieve than one big one. Yet all 3 of the small goals would equal the 1 overall goal.
The hubby and I, along with our best friends, are going on a 7 day kid-free cruise in November. We will be celebrating our 12 anniversary, our 35th birthdays (how is that possible? I'm NOT taking it well), and just having some adult time with our BFFs that we don't get to see often enough. It's already paid for (minus spending money) and we could not be more excited.
Why do I tell you this? Well, my ultimate goal is to lose 30 pounds by the day of our cruise!
Yep. I don't think I've ever lost 30 pounds (minus birthing 2 kids and all that comes with that) except maybe before I got married.
So, I set some more short-term goals that I felt were achievable. Plus, I could celebrate the small milestones that lead to the overall prize.
The first goal was to lose 10 pounds before our NYC trip the end of March. I met that goal and celebrated in NYC. I also ran my first 5K in many years in April. I was happy to see those pounds go and NEVER come back.
After NYC, the next goal was to lose another 10 pounds by July 4th. I honestly wasn't sure if that was going to happen. Especially about 2 weeks ago when I still had about 5 pounds to go. I was stalled. I was not as motivated. I was hot. (Hello, I live in MS and like to run outside).
BUT, I pushed the last week or so and guess what? I didn't meet my goal. That's ok. I am only 1.4 pounds away. I can't be upset about that at all.
I was able to clean out my closet and box up all my old clothes that are now too big. My closet has much more room now. Now, if I could win the lottery to be able to afford a new closet of clothes, that would be great!
I also ran a 4 mile race (5K is only 3.1 miles for those who may not know that) in June. It was HOT and a night race but oh so fun. My big kid got to see me cross the finish line. That was pretty special.
Tomorrow, I'm running another 5K. The weather is supposed to be amazing for July 4th in MS! Low humidity! I'm ecstatic. I have found an awesome bunch of ladies that I call friends, that are constantly pushing and cheering each other on. The community we have built is invaluable. When I'm stuck, they push me. When I do well, they rejoice with me. When I realize I can wear dresses that I wore to my bridal showers 12 years ago, I can text them pictures and not feel like I'm boasting to the world.
Although, I didn't meet goal #2, I feel confident that the final goal will be reached in time for our cruise. Plus, the hubby is getting on board because he wants to be in 'cruise shape' too.
And my favorite part of all of this? I've done it. On my own. No pills, no drugs, no shakes. I've done it while eating M&M's and NOT salad (yuck). It can be done. When people ask me what I'm doing, I tell them the truth. I eat around 1500 calories a day (and track it) and exercise a few times a week. Then they laugh. Nobody wants to hear that. Everyone wants a magic pill to make it easier. It's not. It takes TONS of planning and you know what else?
It's not easy when you have 2 kids at home and a husband that works shift work. But we make it work. He's been great in helping me with the kids so I can go run or to the gym. If he fries something for supper, he will saute or bake mine. My kids are noticing and are eating better. I borrowed a jogging stroller (I need a tutorial like Jogging Strollers For Dummies) and we all walk/run/ride in the neighborhood. Big Kid even hangs with me while I run, she bikes.
The impact I'm having on my family means more than anything. I should have done this a long time ago.
Plus, I have my kids eating Flaxseed, but don't tell them that!
I don't say all this to boast, (ok maybe a little, it is MY blog) but I want someone else out there to know they can do it too. BUT, it starts in your head. If your head is not willing, the rest won't happen. Your mind has to be ready for this task.
I'm no expert but if you need a cheerleader, I am here for you!