So, I'm entirely opposed to New Years resolutions. Why?
Because it's cliche. And I'm just silly that way.
Ironically, though, the lesson my young women received the week before New Year's was on goal setting. It was a great lesson and got me all fired up to make a goal and really follow through with it. I was so excited about it that I didn't realize it was just a couple days before the holiday! BAH! I had told Kirby about the lesson, and he requested that I summarize it for our Family Home Evening.
So we made some goals. And they so happened to fall right around New Years. Don't judge. :)
That being said, we now have 9 copies of our goals, ways to achieve the goals, and rewards posted strategically all over our apartment. I'm looking at one right now above our computers.
There's another on the bathroom mirror.
Above the kitchen sink.
There are a couple strategically hung from the ceiling where we walk often. As in, hanging down so they barely brush our heads.
One of my goals (which I was hesitant to make) involved weight loss. Why was I hesitant?
Because it's cliche. :)
But also--I've never tried to lose weight before. I have had goals regarding fitness and such, but never any that involved a target weight. So I was scared. Scared that I will fail because I don't know how!
My goal is to get down to how much I weighed in high school (160, for anyone who is wondering...).
Side note: I find it so ironic how much my body image changes. In high school I was happy with my body, but recognized that I weighed more than other girls. I am tall. I am curvy. Deep down I wished I weighed a bit less, but I was athletic and felt good physically, so I never cared enough to take action. Now, looking back, I'm thinking--Was I crazy!? I LOOKED GOOD! :) I wonder if twenty years from now I will be thinking the same thing about my body now. Probably. And that is one thing that helps me keep my body image in check.
Have I made progress towards my goal? No. Not really. My mini goals to help me achieve my target weight involve me walking briskly at least 1/2 an hour each day, and doing pilates at least 3 times a week. Shortly after making our goals, Kirby got a cold, and then I got a cold... and our motivation and drive was shot. But last week I walked Monday-Thursday (Friday was nasty weather wise, so my mom and I opted out) and did Pilates three times! And this week I walked yesterday and today, and I did Pilates yesterday. SO... I'm back on track! I can already tell a difference in the way my body feels and looks, but I haven't seen any significant weight loss. I keep telling myself that it takes time, but I get so impatient! I'm sure this is why so many people's weight loss goals fail! We all want instant results!
That being said, a friend of mine posted a status on Facebook asking for suggestions regarding weight loss, and a lot of the girls that responded said that exercise wasn't enough. That the only way to really lose weight was by cutting calories.
So here's my question.
What do you think??? What has worked for you???
You know what the funny thing is? The point of this post was in no way to discuss my weight loss goal. But there you have it. I'm calling out for your help!
The actual point of my post was to tell you of a NEW goal I'm making as of today. I am going to take at least one picture every day. I want to stretch myself. I love taking pictures of Emily (obviously), so I'm going to try and photograph other stuff.
Pictures of our apartment.
It should be fun. I'm going to try to post one each day!
Day 1 starts tomorrow. Wish me luck!