In November I shared with you my desire to lose 25kg in the next year. I broke this down as needing to lose about 500g a week to reach my goal. 10 weeks later?
I’ve lost 1 kg.
I could blame Christmas. I could certainly blame the heat. In sweltering weather and this no-ozone layer sun, I’m a little phobic about spending too much time outdoors in the middle of the day. But the reality? I simply haven’t made it a priority. I feel like I’m less fit now than I was when I made that first post. Last Wednesday I went on an adventure with Corrine from Frock & Roll and carrying CJ (around 9kg) up this hill damn near killed me. I was so puffed.
This article (also found by the lovely Corrine) really struck home. People who really want something will make it a priority and achieve it. Where we focus our attention is where we grow in abundance. I haven’t been making it a priority – that Christmas potato salad had been calling my name – so why would I expect thing to change? A conversation with a pregnant friend just last weekend made me realize how important it is to me to lose this weight before we even consider adding to our family… and with knocking on the door of 30, time is not on my side.
What I’ve decided is that I need some actionable steps – the good old SMART goal setting programme. For the next month, I will:
- meal plan each week to avoid starchy easy-prep meals
- avoid soft drink unless using it as a replacement for alcohol in a social situation
- get active four times a week at least, even if it means going for early-morning/late-night walks when the temperature dips and Papa M is home.
I know that this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg but I’m feeling more confident about actually making some movement with this goal. Each month I’ll be able to add in more positive habits and build towards the healthy lifestyle I imagined I would build. I know that it won’t happen overnight but I definitely hope that next month I have something more positive to report!
If there’s any habits that helped you, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.