Someone highly quotable once said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For me, it seems like my journey to my healthiest self has begun over and over, which makes it progressively harder to start each time. I am not going to say that I’ve tried it all but I have certainly tried a lot of diets, exercises and tips. About six years ago for a few years, my efforts culminated in a body that I was truly happy in, a body that reflected my hard work. Since that time I had some setbacks, among them an ex-husband who didn’t like me dieting because he liked to eat with me (why he didn’t eat diet food with me is beyond me), a chronic and painful health condition afflicting my girl zone and a couple of jobs that made the notion of an 8-hour workday look more appealing than the hot light on the Krispy Kreme sign. I have since made adjustments and lost the ex-husband and stressful job in favor of owning a business and being with a very supportive boyfriend. It’s time to truly tackle the pounds holding me back from being my best self. Because I am as ADD as the next person in my generation, I am going to get to my goal with as many gimmicks/tricks/tools as possible. Here is a little preview of what I have in mind so far, many of which I have never attempted, to keep me accountable and keep me moving, one metaphoric and literal step at a time:
- Writing in this blog. Having a written record of my progress and the feelings behind them is something I have never done. I have done food journals though and I have to hope this will be more fun.
- Creating a thinspiration vision board. Yeah, I know. Vision boards can be kind of weird and don’t really appeal to the part of me that is compelled to be doing something- anything- over envisioning it but I have some ideas for some images/quotes that might make the difference at times when finding motivation to act is difficult.
- I have a good friend who lives in Missouri and wants to live in California someday. I’d like to see her dream realized. Given that this friend is equally driven (many of my other friends, God bless them are the type to ask me to sign up for a run with them and then back out weeks later after not having trained at all) and on her own fitness journey, I had an idea. We mapped out the distance from Sacramento to Springfield and decided to meet in the middle through a virtual journey where we will count up miles logged through walking, running, biking, the elliptical, etc. We each have 942.5 miles to go and we are meeting on March 1. So that’s 59 days at a rate of about 16 per day. My typical 90 minute elliptical workout is good for about 8 miles give or take so I am definitely going to have to step it up. I have a Body Media band to help me track my progress and we are going to update and encourage one another every day.
- The diet wheel. I bought a wheel online last year with a plan: I am going to write the names of interesting diets that I’m curious about, try them for an as yet undetermined amount of time and write my thoughts on their pros, cons and long-term feasibility. Maybe I will come up with a little ranking system. Maybe I will find some people to do them with me. I’m not sure yet.
Make no mistake. I know diet and exercise are the only long-term ways to reach fitness/health goals. But there’s no rule saying that counting calories is the only method I can use. Also, for you naysayers, this is not a fleeting New Year’s resolution. This is about more than a date on a calendar, it’s about the many thousands of dates ahead of me where I want to look and feel my best. But the holidays are finally over with all of their temptation and since you can’t buy egg nog anymore for a good while anyway, this seems as good a time as any. I don’t have a timeline for my goals though sooner is always preferable to later. Still, later trumps never every time. I am just going to start and put one foot in front of the other over and over until I get there. I guess that just leaves one question: who, besides these fish, is coming with me?