For those of you who have read my blog from Saturday, you know that I am basically starting over with my goals. This blog is going to list my current goals and the strategy that I am going to implement going forward.
When I came back to SP, I made a lot of really big changes and I made them immediately. I went from eating fast food 3x per day and never working out to eating only healthy food all the time (mostly) and working out like a mad man every day. I did this overnight.
The results were AMAZING. I lost 16 pounds in one month! People were excited about my progress.
Things slowed down after that. I only lost 4 pounds the second month. I began falling back into old habits in the second month.
In the third month, I had abandoned all of the changes entirely. I'm actually very near my original weight as I write this. I have gained back 17 of the 20 pounds that I lost. This coincided with a major depressive episode (see Saturday's blog).
Let this experience be a lesson to you. It has been a lesson to me. In fact, it has been a hands-on lab for a lesson that I already knew before I came back to SP because I had done the book learning the last time I was using SP.
The lesson is simply to make small changes. Get used to those changes. Get good at those changes. Make a couple more small changes. Let those set in and take hold. Make a couple more changes. And so on.
I can't even tell you how many articles on SP I've read in which this is the basic, underlying lesson of the article. I knew this lesson so well, in fact, that my boilerplate copy & paste welcome message for new SP members says:
"1. Make 1-3 small changes each week and build on them. Many times people try to make a bunch of changes or some very big changes right away, and when they aren't successful with those changes, they get frustrated and lose hope. You didn't get to where you are overnight. Don't expect to get fit and healthy overnight either!"
Also note that this is the FIRST bit of advice in my message, as indicated by the number 1.
DO AS I SAY! not as i do.
So I'm going to basically start over at square 1 and follow my own advice. Instead of trying to lose 50 pounds by the end of October 2016, I am going to be happy if I lose 50 pounds by the end of October 2017.
With that in mind, I have created a daily to-do list or goal list. Actually I've created two.
Minimalist daily goals (for when the depression kicks in and I can barely function):
- Get out of bed when the alarm goes off (If nothing else, just go to the bathroom and then get back in bed.)
- Drink 1 glass of water. My glasses are 16 ounces, so that's 2 servings.
- Take my morning medications.
- Take my evening medications.
That's it. On bad days, those are the only things I have to do in order to have a successful day.
Daily goals (for when I can actively participate in the normal world):
- Study Spanish. I have the Duolingo app on my phone. It's amazing if you want to learn a new language. It uses the same approach as Rosetta Stone, but costs $0.00 instead of $500.
- Study for IT certifications. I'm paying $84/month for the training site. I should really use it.
- Shower. Life sucks when this has to be on your to-do list.
- Wash the dishes.
That's it for this week. Pretty basic, but those are all things that I struggle with and have struggled with for more than a year.
I started officially counting these as goals yesterday. Next Saturday I will add one or two new goals to this list and incorporate those into my daily routine beginning on Sunday.
Thank you for reading and have a great day!