Changes, Goals & All kinds of plans

It is the start of a new year, people are talking about resolutions and goals and feeling excited about the possibility of a fresh start. I'm one of those people. I am not ashamed to say it, but I am also not tagging any of this a New Year's resolution because of my 24 years of living, I don't think I have had a successful one of them yet. So this is a fresh start. The dial has been turned back to zero, the slate is clean, all those other cliches that we so often throw about. The difference here, is I am serious, and there is no going back. 

The thing I think that has been important in the last year, of really being able to prepare myself, is that I have learnt. I have read, I have researched, I have realised that there isn't going to be a quick fix. Of course there isnt. It took me 24 years to get here right? But I still think somewhere in my mind I thought if I just 'ate right' it would all disappear. I'd be good to go. Not so much.

And so here I am. At the beginning. One of the first things I did was set an end goal. The difference is, this time I knew it had to be different. It couldn't be some unattainable thing. It had to be realistic. So I set it. The final goal for the 30th of December 2014. To lose 28 kilos. I also set myself two smaller goals, that I want to hit by the end of June. The first, to run in a 5km. The second, to own a pair of Dejour jeans. This not only gives me another tangible milestone, but it makes the end goal not seem so far away or terrifying. I think having milestones that aren't weight related make it exciting too. The fact that I know I am going to get myself a new pair of jeans, excites me. I haven't worn a pair of jeans in over 4 years.
I'm also giving myself a couple of other little milestones. Treats if you will. Non fitness related rewards. Because every time I put on my shoes and walk out the door, it is me, taking control back. And being proud of myself for doing it. So, once I lose 7kgs [a quarter of the way] I am going to book myself a spa treatment; a massage or a facial. Something special just for me. The next one will be 14kgs down. A new dress, something pretty, and perhaps a little date out with the mister. 21kgs is the next big milestone. I am going to get my hair coloured at the salon. And then, when I hit that 28kg mark, I am going to reward myself with a new little tattoo. Something fitting of the hard work that I have put in, because I will be proud.

I'm not going to lie. It is the start of day 10, and it has been hard. I have had hunger pangs, sore muscles, and headaches, but it is starting to clear. I won't say it is getting easier but perhaps it is just getting more familiar again. The exercise still sucks. Twentieth time around it doesn't get any easier. I am not made to run, yet. But I don't care. Because I have started. I am making small steps, and I am making progress. Every day is a new day, and every workout is a good one, even if it sucks while I am doing it. 

1 comment:

  1. So proud of you girl! Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for you. You're going to own it!! X


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