What I learned this week:
Wanting to reach an end goal is all fine and dandy but it doesn’t do you much good unless you make a plan to get there.
I, for instance, want to lose 40 lbs and I can say that all the live long day but there are a lot of steps from wanting to lose 40 lbs and actually doing it. It’s all the little things, the day to day things, that are so critical to overall success.
First you have to make the big goal: Lose 40 lbs.
Then set a time that you want to reach that goal: 5 months.
Next you need to set monthly, weekly and daily goals that lead up to that big 5 month goal.
Monthly: Lose about 10 lbs a month
Weekly: Workout 6 days a week. Jog at least 3 days. Stay within weekly points (weight watchers term).
Daily: Wake up early and workout before the kids wake up. Track everything I eat and stay within daily points (weight watchers again).
So right now, today, 40 lbs sounds a little overwhelming but doing an early morning workout and tracking what I eat for these 24 hours is totally doable and gets me well on my way to that 5 month goal.
Non Scale Successes:
Someone commented on how great I look for just having had a baby. Someone else mentioned that they could tell I was losing weight. It’s validating to hear that people notice all the hard work I’m doing.
My workouts have finally become a habit. When my alarm goes off impossibly early I don’t lie there and wonder whether or not I should get up. There’s no question. I just do it. Because that’s what I do in the morning. Bam.
Remember how I said I wanted to lose about 10 lbs a month? Well this has been month one and so far I’m right on track! Woo hoo!
Week 5 Weight loss: 2.2 lbs
Total Weight loss: 10.2 lbs