It’s a new year filled with opportunities to make it better than the last, and I am going to do my best to fully embrace that in the coming months. Looking in the mirror and in photos, I see a bloated, not-so-motivated Kenz who needs to look ahead not back.
I’ve made a list of things I can do in order to be successful in the coming year. It’s not a list of resolutions nor is it rocket science. It’s just a reminder of the little things I can do to create big success. If you have something to add to the list, feel free to share it.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. I’m pretty comfortable with this already because I drink more than that most days, but it makes an incredible difference. It’s important because I feel fuller and more satisfied when I do this.
- Track my food intake daily. I did this when I started Weight Watchers, and nothing keeps me as honest about what’s going into my mouth. Some people don’t do it, but it has been such a big part of my success. And doing it over the last week has made me acutely aware of just how much I’m consuming.
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. This is something I did the first year. Actually, I ate more like 8 to 9 servings per day, and I’m not sure why I’ve let it slip. I’m not sure why I’ve let any of my habits slip. Sure, I could provide some pretty solid excuses, but this journey isn’t about that. It’s about making today better so today I will eat fruits and veggies. I was craving a banana at lunch so I ate one. I also love spaghetti squash, apples, sweet potatoes and a variety of other healthy foods so I’ll stock up on those today.
- Look in the mirror and take lots of photos. No one ever has to tell me to take pictures. Ha..I’m pretty obsessed with my camera regardless of what I’m doing. But over the weekend, I saw myself in photos, and I saw someone who is struggling to keep the weight off. I looked bloated (which is no surprise since I inhaled about 5,500 mg of sodium more than one or two days in a row.)
- Exercise! Working out has made such a substantial difference in the way I move, the way I feel and the way I look. I absolutely believe that cardio and strength training has been my best friend along this journey. So why have I allowed myself to regress? Asking myself these questions is important, but not as important as doing it anyway. When I was the healthiest version of myself I exercised even when I didn’t want to, and I often found that I enjoyed it. I know it may take time to get on fire again, but I’ve said it so many times. The days that I don’t feel like working out are the most important days to workout.
- Stay positive. Losing weight requires a positive attitude. I’m happy to say that I haven’t lost that, but it’s very important to remember to forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made. And I’ve made many. We all make mistakes – big ones even, but we can learn from them and do better. And concentrating on those mistakes will not make the future any better.
- Be honest with myself and others. Okay, here it goes. I’m struggling with weight-loss big time, and it’s not easy to admit that to myself or anyone. But last night, my mom called me on it. She lovingly expressed that I’m not doing what made me so successful before, and she’s right. So there it is. I’m struggling, but I’m taking baby steps forward. And I will not quit.
I’m sure I could add many things to this list, but these things will lead healthier, more successful year for me. There’s a long road ahead, but I’ve experienced enough success to know how great I feel when I’m doing my best. I’m going to remind myself of that everyday if I have to because at this time next year, I want to be much closer to my ultimate goal.