Seven ways I'm being intentional in my weight loss journey
I am slowly learning that being intentional is the only way I'm going to be successful in this weight loss journey.
I've gotta be proactive instead of reactive.
I've gotta be in charge of my life instead of allowing my life to be in charge of me.
The past couple weeks have been dedicated to being intentional with my weight loss. I shared last week that I've gained about 11 pounds. The good news is I've lost one pound since then...every pound counts!
Here's how I'm being intentional:
1) Getting up early
My decision to start getting up early was not intentionally a part of my weight loss. I've been reading a book called The Early to Rise Experience. It challenges you to get up early and to be selfish with that time. I enjoy exercising in the afternoons, so my plan was not to use the time to exercise. However, I have been able to pack my food for the day which is a huge plus! I'm also not coming into work stressed because of a hectic morning. All in all, getting up around 5:30 is better for my health.
2) Going to bed earlier
Because I have been getting up earlier, I've also been trying to get to bed earlier. This means no Facebook, Netflix, or checking emails once I hit the bed. I read a book (that isn't full of drama) and once my eyes get heavy I stop reading and go to sleep. My bedtime routine up to this point has been watching Netflix, checking Facebook, and staying up till twelve or one in the morning.
One of the best investments I've made is getting the Sleep Cycle app for my iPhone.
I can see the quality of sleep I'm getting and can almost pinpoint the reasons as to why I didn't sleep good on certain nights. Awesome app.
3) Counting calories and meal planning
Every morning, I get on My Fitness Pal and log in all the food I'll be eating that day. It takes time but so worth it. I don't tend to cheat as much when I already know what I'm going to be eating that day.
4) Only allowing myself to step on the scale twice a week
That scale can be evil. It can take over a person's thoughts and mess with your self image. I don't allow that thing to control my life. It doesn't measure my happiness and it will not determine what kind of day I will have. That's all I have to say about that.
5) Making goals
I am a list making and goal oriented person. I've found that making small goals which lead to bigger goals works the best. For instance, this week my small goal is to drink at least one bottle of water in the morning. I know I need more water, but intentionally drinking at least one bottle will lead me to make another goal of drinking more water.
Another app I like that's free and is helpful in working on your goals is called Lift
6) Setting appointments each week to exercise
I personally have little problem with setting aside time to work out because I enjoy it so much. But, I have found that if I don't plan certain times to exercise then life gets in the way and other things get scheduled. As a single parent, my days are packed to the brim. There are many things I have to say no to because I make exercising a priority. You do what ya gotta do.
7) Reminding myself how far I've come
When I get frustrated, beat down, or just tired, I look at side by side photos to remind myself where I've been and where I'm wanting to go. It's ok to be proud of what I've accomplished and the person I'm becoming.