Monday, March 21, 2011

How Bad Do You Want It?

Hey there blogger friends!  I hope you all had a fantabulous weekend!  Hopefully you had good weather.  Wisconsin's weather got a little crazy yesterday.  It was cold and raining/snowing.  Today sounds like it will be our last nice day with a high of  45*F until Thursday.  Tomorrow is supposed to only get up to 36*F and is going to be ice to rain with wind and Wednesday isn't going to be much better (probably worse actually) with a high of 28*F and a wintery mix to snow with wind.  Winter just does not want to let go yet I guess ;)

Enough about the weather...

Nikki recently wrote an amazing post about weight loss (read it here) that got me thinking about my own weight loss journey, or lack there of.  It was specifically this line that made me think, "But before anyone ever starts a weight loss and exercise program, you have to want it."  I question whether I really want to change my lifestyle and lose weight.

If someone randomly asked me if I wanted to lose weight my answer in a nanosecond is yes.  There is no doubt in my mind that I want to lose weight.  As Nikki also wrote, "I was unhappy, unhealthy, and out of shape." only I am unhappy, unhealthy, and out of shape.

So why am I questioning if I want it?  Because I am heavier now than I was in 2009 when I first decided to lose weight.  I have made no progress in my weight loss.  If I want to lose weight why haven't I committed to eating healthier, and exercising regularly?  That is exactly what I ask myself every time I look in the mirror.  To be honest I don't know why I haven't committed myself to changing my life for the better, or I at least haven't figured it out or admitted it to myself.

I apologize if I sound like a broken record whining about not losing weight when I'm not doing anything to change that.

As you all begin to know me better and better you will start to pick up on the fact that I relate things in my life to songs, a lot.  Of course this situation is no different.  The song that I think fits this situation in my life really well is How Bad Do You Want It? by Tim McGraw.  It is exactly what I need to ask bad do I want to change my life for the better?  Obviously the more I want to change the more dedicated I should be.  Right now I'm a bit off-balance, I'm not as dedicated as I should be.  I am going to change that, I want to be balanced.

I am a member of the weight loss site Sparkpeople but lately haven't been using the tools available to me.  To start the process of dedicating myself to weight loss I am going to re-set my account on Spark so I can start fresh with my nutrition and fitness log and my goals.

Here are some goals I have for myself with re-setting my Spark account, and with re-dedicating myself to losing weight.

  • Nutrition ~ I will do my best to log everything I eat.  I always struggle with logging meals at home because I do not measure my food.  It may sound stupid because my family supports me but I do not want to measure my food in front of them.  It makes me feel awkward just thinking about do it in front of them.  So, I will do my best to estimate.  I will work on eating smaller portion sizes and limiting my junk food, including soda.

  • Fitness ~ I will commit myself to 3 days/week cardio of at least 30 minutes and 2 days/week strength training of at least 15 minutes.

  • Blogging ~ I used to try to blog on Spark but since starting this blog I think I will not set a goal to blog in both.  This blog will be my primary blog with maybe occasional posts on my Spark blog.  I am going to commit myself to blogging 5 days/week.  I am not going to specify what my posts have to be about; they could be nutrition, fitness, or just my life.  This is basically what I am doing now so it will not be something I need to change other than making sure to blog at leat 5 days/week.

Well there it is, my plan of action.  I am going to re-set my account on Spark tomorrow morning so I can start fresh with a new weigh in.  This does not mean I am putting off what I can do today.  I will begin to work on my nutrition and fitness today, not tomorrow.

I can do this.

I want to do this.

I will do this.

Until next time =)...


Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) said...

MM girl-I love reading your blogs-the more the merrier. I like that you always make goals that you know you can obtain. It makes it a lot easier and better for you. Blog about what you feel.

I loved Nikkis post too. Seriously-I was about to reference it in my blog today as well.

antoszewskia said...

I agree with every sentence in this blog for myself. Lets be WL buddies Please. I need someone not quite as tough as nikki to kick my butt into gear.

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Aw Hollie you have no idea how good it makes me feel to read that you love reading my blogs. I always try to make my goals obtainable because if they're too far out there I know I am only setting myself up to fail. Now I just need to work towards reaching my goals rather than setting them and forgetting them. Haha isn't that from an infomercial product "Set it and forget it!"...I can't remember the product though.

Yay for Nikki's awesome post. :)

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Yes let's be weight loss buddies!! I need someone period to kick my butt into gear period! How do you wanna do this??

antoszewskia said...

Via email or text?! We can set up goals and rewards somehow!

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Yes!!! I'm excited :) I'll email you now.

antoszewskia said...

Awesome! GAH!

AntosDoesLife said...

Hahaha, not quite as tough as me!? What the heck...I'm not the Terminator!

AntosDoesLife said...

First of all, LOVE that song by Tim McGraw. Makes me all motivated and feel like I can accomplish anything!

Second of all, I'm glad that you liked the post enough to reference it!

Third of all, small changes in the beginning will go a long way. I used to never feel comfortable weighing my food in front of my boyfriend because he ate whatever the heck he wanted and remained skinny! Now it's like second nature! Also, the key is consistency. You won't see results if you don't remain consistent. If you slip up a few times, hop right back up and get going again. Do not give up because I KNOW you can do this!

antoszewskia said...

Hah this is true. Your just a little too extreme for me. 20 miles in a day?! I can't relate unless it's on a bike ya dig? You can by my motivation too!

logginnbloggin said...

You've got a great plan! DOn't worry about slip ups its natural! Also when I do "let loose" or eat real bad I always look back and say ,welp I used to do that on the daily and now this is my once every while- so thats progress right?


adventuresofpretendcook said...

This is a great post. I am stuck in a plateau with my weight loss and I have been for a while. I don't always eat as well as I should or exercise as much as I should. I have also been questioning whether I want the weight loss. Sometimes I think that maybe I'm scared to lose the weight. Maybe I don't want the responsibility that comes with being in maintenance mode. I also use Sparkpeople and lately I have been logging just about everything that I eat. It definitely helps.

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

It definitely is a good song. I used it on the warm-up CD I made for my senior year of softball.

Thank you so much for the encouraging words and tips. Consistency is something I definitely struggle with...especially the hopping right back up and getting going again.

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate the support, you have no idea how much.

That is definitely a great way to look at "letting loose". Progress, even little steps, is something I need to remember to focus on. I sometimes get lost in the big picture.

Amy @ countrystrong21 said...

Thank you so much for your comment, and for stopping by to read my blog!

It is definitely hard to change those old habits of not eating healthy, or healthier than before, and exercising consistently.

Best of luck to you on breaking through your plateau!