Here is what I have been doing and what I have set up for myself to get me to my goal weight.
Yes - the main mission is Operation Goal Weight - totally! But...19th March 2014 / 40kg-ish is a little big to think of at the moment, so I broke the goal down into 7 parts. As soon as I wrote them down, I felt a rush. One small goal at a time. Now I was talking! :)
I have set goals for Week 12 of Round 3 and 4, the ends of my next 3 boot camp rounds, Christmas Day, my birthday, and the day I fly out to Sydney for finale. I'm aiming for each one at a time so I don't get overwhelmed. On a higher level, I'm actually mainly aiming for the first 3 at once - encompassing them into one main focus: Goal #3 is my finale goal. After finale, the next major milestone goal will be Christmas Day and so on. But first up, is finale. Finale is such a huge motivator for me - I adore finale weekends and get so motivated and inspired by the previous and for the next round each time I go. So I'm putting all of my effort into my first big goal: "Operation Finale." I'm working towards a goal for the morning I fly out. So if you see me hashtag "of" or "operationfinale" on Instagram, this is what I mean. I've been documenting my journey on Instagram heaps.
Anyway - so yes. With Operation No More Standstill decided upon, Operation Goal Weight in my sights and Operation Finale as my current main focus, I sat down and looked at the best way to kick my own ass.
Essentially, all I am doing is going back to basics. We all know there's no magic potion or code word or secret pill that gets us what we want. The only way is bloody hard work. But there's no reason that hard work can't also be fun and enjoyable! So....I got my 8 year old on and made a sticker goal chart! I made one for my training right back at the start of this journey
|My sticker chart!|
I am in love with my sticker star chart! I just listed the basic things I have to do. I have these Daily goals:
|Stickers motivate me!|
I have gone back to planning and prepping my meals for the week ahead. The pencil cases
|Monday's food all ready|
But I can't tell you how much I have since appreciated the work I put in. 5 times a day, actually! Each meal time I thank Sunday Kate for putting in the effort. My food is all ready to go. And it's not 'ready to go' takeaway stuff either. It's nutritious and within my calorie limit. It's just doing what Mish has always said. I just don't consistently do this which is why it's big enough for me to mention :) And I'm gonna keep on with it! Tomorrow I'll be working out my meal plan for next
|Cupcake Quiche cookup!|
One big thing is I'm aiming to get at least 7 hours sleep a night. So far I think I have been awarded just 2 sleep stickers out of a possible 7, but I'm getting there. It's a big change for me as I usually have 4-5. On good nights I have 6 and on bad nights I have 3. So 7 is pretty
|A day's worth of food. So colourful!|
Apart from the usual training and water essentials, that's really all I'm doing. I hope last nights post didn't make it sound like I had a long list of amazing new ideas to help me get to goal. Because really, all I am doing is going back to basics. I figure if I can get the 'magic 4' and my Weekly stuff downpat, then I will succeed. The sticker chart is just a visual way to keep me on track, and to motivate me to do each thing each day.
As I mentioned I went up and down and found myself back up at 111kg. I got back into it and faltered and last Wednesday got my sticker chart happening and was 109kg. Today I was 105.7kg. Those few simple things that I've focused on this week have paid off. To quote Mish, this is not rocket science. I think it's a matter of knowing what you want, knowing how to get it, then just doing it. And that's all I'm doing. I'm talking about it heaps and
|This weeks weigh in|
I feel so determined and as a result am completely focused. I don't doubt that I will probably stuff up at some point. I absolutely will. But I am a pretty determined and stubborn person and if I want my goal weight, I will get it. I've been standing still for too long and I'm over that. Like my goals that I chatted about in the last post - I may not be getting there mega quickly or by a perfect date like my birthday, but the important thing is that I will get there. But I'm not going to get there without bloody hard work. If you want something bad enough then you have to make it happen. I want my goal weight so I am simply making it happen.