Get up 8.
After being extra active yesterday I caved to BBQ and ice cream. Offsetting all those calories I had burned.
Its a new day. GET UP and DO BETTER.
In the studying I do to improve I learned that completing planned tasks feels good. To complete a planned task actually releases endorphins. No matter how small the task.
Completing this blog this morning, I can attest to the fact that it feels good.
Now GO FEEL BETTER.
Apparently blogging yesterday did not make it as one of my priorities. I just now, when my daily alarm went off, realized I failed at this yesterday.
It appears I need more discipline for better CONSISTENCY.
In addition to my afternoon alarm I will set a morning alarm. I will work to blog first thing in the morning before I am caught up in the day's other priorities.
The afternoon will remain as a safety catch.
I am back on track with diet; but as sure as water is wet, my recent lapse has made it a difficult not to want taste all that unhealthy goodness again.
I am sitting here trying to visualize stepping on the scale tomorrow. I visualizing a healthier body and better quality of life.
I weighed 2.5 pounds more today than yesterday.
Yesterday I ate to feel good. I drank too.
I did this to counter the anger and sadness I felt about a personal matter in my life.
Today, after the damage is done, I am over those emotions. I was never emotional about what the scale read this morning. I knew what message the scale was going to bring.
Now what I am FIGHTING again is the desire to have a cold beer, some nacho's, and cheesecake for supper.
That evening trigger is wanting to be pulled. Those neural pathways of bad habits are trying to spark.
It is hard, but NO, I will not regress two days in a row.
I sit here buying a platter of wings for a family party while my wife is back home helping my mom make chocolate candies.
It is going to be a tough night. I have got to dig deep and be STRONG. Like Thanksgiving I must avoid the sweets. I must eat a moderate portion. I must avoid the ice cold beer. (Ouch that hurts).
I will NOT let the winds of pain NOR pleasure blow me off course.
I WANT a BETTER physical quality of life. Those little kiddie sweets will drag me backwards! That alcohol will NOT fuel my body. Stuffing myself will literally WEIGH ME DOWN!
NO! NO! NO, I will NOT let weakness win tonight. I WILL BE DISCIPLINED!
Today I am FIGHTING the cravings. WHY? I do not know.
I have grazed a little, at least on healthier snacks and in moderation but that disgusting, fat inducing, failure waiting to happen, Mexican food is calling me.
This author has performed years of study on why people persevere. Not only did it help me for myself but it helped me become a better parent. With imitation of the parents of those written about in the book I have reduced my young adults son stress. I did this by changing my attitude towards him and his actions as he finds what it is that he loves.
My take away from the book is to find what you love/enjoy/desire, the most, and go, and go, and go, and go, and go, make it happen! (Repetition, Persistence, Perseverance)
You MUST be selective and stick with only a handful of goals and even then perhaps only one will rise above all.
For me it is, in no particular order, career, family, faith, health.
I have reached my career goal but wow did the other three take a back seat. Now I am balancing the other three while maintaining my career.
I found this book to be interesting and very helpful.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
ISBN-13: 978-1501111105, ISBN-10: 1501111108
To turn actions into habits you must be CONSISTENT.
From the reading and studying I have done, I have come to learn that you literally will rewire or build the brain. It is called neuroplasticity. Google that, it's very interesting.
Something else I have learned in my studies, is to start small and stay small. Pick one or two tasks and do them repetitively, day-after-day, for several weeks. Do not try to take on too much at once. Once your new actions have become habit, then move on to something new and build it as habit. Repeat the process.
The requirement is that you MUST be CONSISTENT.
What is the goal you are WORKING to achieve?
What are you doing today, the next several days, even the next several weeks?
What will you face that will knock you backwards?
That will reverse the EFFORT you just put in?
If you have the luxury of knowing what is going to happen and do not want to lose the effort you worked so hard putting in, then PLAN how you are going to deal eith it.
I am already planning my manage my weight loss through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. MODERATION and INCREASED ACTIVITY.
I am literally visualizing each meal during the 4 day weekend of Thanks giving. I am visualizing denying those sweets and treats around the holidays. I am visualizing how GREAT I am going to feel after I succeed.
PLAN! In DETAIL. Review that plan often.