Perspective Shift, Feasible, & Vision Board
Sunday, January 10, 2021
I love fresh starts. I love them so much, that I seem to make them very often.
I always use the motto, "I can start tomorrow," and then use it an excuse to not do whatever it is I wanted to... like walk my steps, or eat within calorie range. Once I give myself that permission, all bets are off, and I just plow through food like a tornado, plant myself on the couch and binge Netflix.
We've all done it. But, I've done it too much, especially in 2020. Instead of one or two instances of this in a year (2018), went to one or two instances in a month (2019), and then one or two instances in a week (2020)... and now I'm almost back to my drawing board.
So no more of that in 2021. I'm still learning, even though I've been at this since 2017... some years more consistent than others... and this week I learned about the snack bag. What is it you ask? A preset bag of snacks that you set aside of 200 calories that you work into your calories for the day. It literally give me something to look forward to eating, and it's pre-portioned to keep you from overeating. It's a great idea, and I plan to use this idea all year.
I also heard someone say this week that food isn't the enemy. Don't eliminate anything from your life, just control it instead of letting it control you.
Which leads me to my word for 2021: feasible.
I've asked myself these last 10 days...
Is it feasible to be on a strict diet forever?
Is it feasible to let go of all sweets?
Is it feasible to give something up forever?
The answers to these questions vary, depending on who you are, and what your goals are. For example... for me... my answer to the strict diet forever is no... although I did have a pretty good run with one for almost a year. I was restricting my calories too much, and this time, I'm giving myself an extra 200 (my snacks! lol). Can I really let go of all sweets? As much as I'd like to, I don't think so, although I need to practice control with them and only keep a small amount on hand at a time. Can I give something up forever? Yes, I think I can... I gave up pop in August of 2017 and I've never looked back.
Finally, my vision going forward. Focusing on the seasonal challenges to give me 56 days of good consistency, and using the in between time to maintain... here is my goal if I am able to make my 5%s each round. (This may not be feasible, but I am going to try).
END OF WINTER 21: 272
END OF SPRING 21: 258
END OF SUMMER 21: 245
END OF FALL 21: 233
END OF WINTER 22: 221
END OF SPRING 22: 210
END OF SUMMER 22: 199
END OF FALL 22: 189
END OF WINTER 23: 179
END OF SPRING 23: 170 (this takes me out of obese range)
I think this is a feasible goal. I'm ready to do the work.