One Year

before and after 2013

It has been one year since I decided to make a change in my life.  This time last year I was unahppy with how I was running my own life.  I had bad eating habits, I hadn’t worked out in years and didnt’ even want to be social because I felt bad about myself.  These thoughts hanging over my head on a daily basis forced me to do something about it.

My journey has not been just about me.  There are so many people who have helped me along the way.  For example, I was lucky enough to have worked with people who were health consious.  Being surrounded by good habits helped me stick to my plan.  I also befriended a co-worker whose husband owned a gym and was introduced to a great program that challenged me, brought me confidence and new friends.

My family has been at every race; even the New Years Eve run in 15 degree weather.  My Aunt Rita who always said “Go Liz Go” on my Facebook posts never missed a beat.  My friends I have met along the way who understand the struggle and the workouts have been a great support.  It never occured to me that I would meet great people that are important to this change.  And lastly, those of you who follow my blog.  Most I know but a lot are strangers.  How awesome is it that I get to share my story and not feel like I’m the only one?  Amazing!

I am a better me than a year ago.  I’ve learned so much from others and learned a lot about myself.  I continue to set goals for myself and continue to learn.  This is an ongoing process just like life.

If you decide you want to be better then create a goal and then a plan.  If there is something in that plan that does not work for you, alter it but stick to your goals.

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A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

goal

The first step in making a change doing it.  This is half the battle because without starting you aren’t going to get anywhere.

Setting a goal for yourself is extremely important.  By setting a goal you are more likely to achieve the goal by making a plan and sticking to it.  Here are some examples:

  • I want to get fit
  • I want to lose xx pounds
  • I want to feel good about myself
  • I want to get married in 2014
  • I want a new job in 2014

These goals are pretty random but you get the idea.  Create goals for yourself that YOU can control and make happen otherwise it’s unattainable.  Once you decide on that attainable goal, make a plan.  I will eat 1,500 calories a day, reduce my simple carbohydrate intake and workout for 60 minutes 4 days a week.  This is a goal and a plan YOU can control.

Committment is probably the most difficult part.  It’s so easy to say I want to lose weight or I want to get a six-pack.  There were many times that I needed to re-commit myself in order to get where I wanted to go.  It’s equivalent to working on a marriage.

Just because you didn’t lose 30 pounds in 3 months doesn’t mean that you should give up.  Figure out what worked for you and what didn’t, forgive yourself and move on.  Keep going to hit your goal.

My goal is to lose another 25 pounds by January 13, my 35th birthday.  That’s roughly 3 months from now which makes it realistic even with some awesome holiday food days.

This is on my fridge as my friendly reminder….

junk food