What does winning look like to me?
- I take the time to think out what I want
- I consider the path to get there.
- I start on the path.
- I make choices throughout the day in line with the goals.
- I keep myself from straying off the path.
- I reach the goal.
Every single step is, in itself, a success, as it moves me forward. Each step requires some action.
Without action, there is no hope of success. Thinking about it is pretty meaningless without getting up and doing it, right? Yet there are studies that show that people who think about their goals sometimes get the emotional rewards as if they had actually achieved the goasl. I don't want that. I want the achieve the actual goals!
Let's put it into context:
1. I have thought out what I want. I want to be healthy. I want to reignite the weight loss. I want to physically complete the Warrior Dash.
2. The path to get there requires eating less and moving more. Expending more calories than I take in. Eating healthy wholesome choices. Getting enough sleep. BEING CONSISTENT. Being accountable. BLOGGING.
3. I started blogging again. I went to the grocery store and got only healthy choices - fruits, veggies, coconut water (heard this is a good post-workout recovery beverage), chicken, salmon, milk. Healthy, yummy, easy. I got on the scale, recorded my weight and set a goal. I have stepped on the path,
4. All day I chose water instead of more coffee (I did have some, but not as much as usual). I opted for no half and half at work. At lunch, I walked a half mile for the heck of it. I took the stairs instead of the elevator. When offered brownies, I chose my goal over a temporary appeasement. In other words, because I mapped out my goals and started down the path, I remembered to make choices in line with those goals!
5. I am too early in this rebound to speak to not straying off the path. I will say, that accountability will be key. My little sugar addict brain will want to sneak off in silence and darkness at some point to derail my plans. At that point, I will have to not stray, and admit the desires so that they lose power.
6. Winning never grows old, right? Right.
And I'm IN IT TO WIN IT!