Most everyone make some kind of resolution or does goal setting. Most do it around the beginning of the new month or new year.
New beginnings give us a clean slate. Each year I resolve not to make resolutions. The overwhelming majority of resolutions are abandoned in less than a month.
Why? Because people aren’t committed to them. They’ll say they’re committed, but actions are stronger than words.
Kids notice. If you try the “do as I say not as I do” approach to child-rearing, they’ll turn out just like you do, and not like you say.
We all know the “Cats in the Cradle” lament.
Look Forward Not Backward
What will you commit to doing going forward?
As Edna from the Incredibles says “I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now.”
Don’t look back at all the times you failed in the past. Forget it!
I need to take my own advice.
I’ve watched my weight ebb and flow upward over the years. When I was in corporate job, I maxed out the scale at around 227 pounds. This was caused by stress eating. I was still doing karate 2 or 3 times per week.
The problem was that I had also added 2000-3000 extra calories a week. I didn’t increase my burn rate. It’s not rocket science to see how that leads to weight gain.
I didn’t really care. Oh I said I did, but since I wasn’t doing anything about it. I truly, deep down inside, didn’t care. I just wanted to numb the pain I was experiencing at work I started addressing my stress points and slowly brought my weight down to about 215.
Then about a year and a half ago, there is series of events, I went from leaving my job for years to going to a new job and then to being self-employed, all in less than about a month.
This time when stress hit me, I walked, went to the gym, and got down to a five-year low of about 207 pounds. Finally, I thought, I can get back to the weight I wanted. But I let a series of injuries and laziness keep me from working out. Since my caloric burn rate decreased and my caloric intake stayed the same, I gained a lot of weight back.
Like Dave Ramsey has stated, when it comes to getting your finances in order, “it’s not until you are sick and tired of being sick and tired that you make serious change.
I’ve reached that point, have you?
My weight goal is to get to 199 pounds by my birthday in November. That means 20 pounds in about 10 1/2 months. Or to make it easier, I need to lose 1 ounce per day.
That’s completely doable. I’ll have my ups and downs but if I can track my progress, I should see a drop.
How To Do It
To lose weight, I’ll need to increase this how many calories I use, while decreasing how many I take in.
For me, that means avoiding soda. So I’ve put myself on a soda fast for the next month or so (Well, for a total of 40 days).
But I’ve recently found my love for coffee again. I need to limit my intake of coffee with creamer. Usually it is about 24 ounces of coffee and creamer a day. That’s about 200 calories compared to the Mt. Dew which has about 370 calories. So 170 calories saved per day times five days (I didn’t drink soda everyday!) means I’ll dropped 850 calories a week. That’ll be about 4 ounces of weight loss right there. (850/3500)
I’m also adding 60 ounces of water to my intake as well. That is at a minimum. I’ll be trying other changes as the weeks and months to come.
How to Increase Calorie Burn
Eventually, my body would get used to the fewer calories and adjust. To avoid that, I need to increase my calories that I burn.
This year, I set a goal of doing 100 push-ups in 3 minutes. Right now the best I’ve been able to do is 64. The majority of them, about 45, were done in the first minute or so. I lack endurance to do them. When I do them as part of my 4 exercise challenge, I get to about 90+. That’s probably because I have some recovery time.
As I work through these exercises, I will be changing things up, intensity wise. That’s because my body tends to get acclimated after a while.
My commitment to this weight goal is more than just wanting to check off something off a list.
My health needs to improve so that I can play with my kids. I want to be able to carry them to bed after they’ve fallen asleep after a ride back from a family visit to the out-of-state grandparents.
I want to be able to dance at their wedding, which is hopefully many, many, many years from now. I want to be able to practice martial arts into my 70s like Grandmaster Ken Champ (the founder of Tai Chuan Do Karate– the style I’ve studied since 2004).
Find Your Why
You need to find your own wine and start making your changes today.
You don’t need a new month, or new year.
You just need a new NOW!