Every year, I set a New Year’s resolution. It’s usually to lose weight. Every year, I break the resolution on or around January 2nd. Although I’m known for my tenacity (read: bullheadedness), I’m not exactly known for my willpower. This year, I took a cue from a friend and made a less specific resolution – yet it’s one that could (and should) potentially carry over into numerous aspects of my life.
My resolution for 2012 is to be more disciplined. Yes, this includes the requisite better eating habits, but it encapsulates so many other things as well. If I truly work to become more disciplined, I should see improvements in a number of areas:
- Productivity at work: this isn’t really an issue as much as other things, but there’s always room for improvement
- Home tidiness: this is truly my biggest weakness in life – even more so than food. I hate, and I do mean HATE, to clean. I love a clean house…hate getting it that way.
- Schoolwork: I’m four months away from being finished with my MBA (yay!), but I’m a serious dawdler when it comes to getting my work done. I get good grades (4.0 thus far, yeah, baby!), but all too often I spend my lunch break on the day of class trying to get the last of my coursework done. That’s not so responsible.
- Marriage strengthening: The Hubs is truly my best friend, but ever since I’ve been in grad school, our relationship has suffered from a serious lack of TLC. This is not to say we argue frequently or anything like that (we don’t), but with everything else going on, we find ourselves and our relationship getting shuffled to the back burner quite a bit.
- Parenting: My children are truly Godsends. They are well-adjusted, respectful (most of the time) and cheerful. I really do need to be better about carving out time to spend with them.
- Sleep: Too many nights a week, I go to bed around midnight, and then find myself sleeping in until the LAST POSSIBLE minute, which (of course) leads to rushing around trying to get to work on time.
- Eating habits: yup.
I know that once I’m done with school in May, I’ll have a lot more time to devote to some of these things, but they’re all deserving of my attention now. I’m taking it little by little. Last night, after I got home from class, I read for a little while. I get home from class somewhere between 9:30 and 10:00 two nights a week, and I just can’t go to bed after that. My mind is moving a million miles per hour, so I have to read or watch TV, or pick up around the house to turn it off before bed. So, anyway…last night, I read until about 10:30, and then I went to bed. I woke up at 5:30. Ordinarily, I would roll back over and try to get more sleep, but this morning, I pushed myself out from under the covers and started my day. I was able to make myself a nice, healthy breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee and some time to myself before the kids got up. It was refreshing.
By far, the area I’m working hardest to cultivate more discipline in right now is my diet. Here’s what I looked like on Christmas.
Yes, that’s me checking out my brother’s 3D boxers. Don’t judge…my family’s weird like that. I digress…
I’m not comfortable with saying how much I weigh right now. Maybe after I’ve lost a few (dozen) pounds, I will be. Maybe I won’t. Suffice it to say that I’ve gained about 150 pounds since I met my husband. That’s not a typo. I feel like absolute garbage all of the time, can barely breathe after walking up a flight of stairs, and feel a LOT of embarrassment any time I have to get down onto (or up from) the floor. I’ve decided to start with eating right, and then gradually add in exercise. I have a horribly bad knee (I broke my kneecap about 13 years ago), and it’s been giving me a lot of grief lately (no doubt from my weight putting too much strain on it). After I drop some weight (not much, just a start), I plan to get going on the exercising as well. Slowly, but surely.
My sister is my source of inspiration. A “fluffy” woman like myself, she has lost 55 pounds in the last few months. I want to be like her. She, in turn, took her inspiration from our youngest brother (the owner of the fancy underpants above). He recently participated in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and was a featured inspirational athlete. My sister said, “I figure if he can swim, bike and run for 12 hours straight, then I can do this.” So can I.
Long story short(er), I figured I’d use this blog to help keep me accountable (even if no one reads it). I’m also using the Lose It! app on my phone, which is wonderful. If you’re looking to work on your weight, I highly recommend it. It even has a barcode scanner on it that you can use. You scan the barcode of items you’ve purchased, and it automatically populates with the calories, fat, etc. for the item. It’s pretty great.
Yesterday was my first day of healthier eating. I did really well. I made myself a mock egg McMuffin using multigrain sandwich thins, Canadian bacon, Egg Beaters, and half a slice of cheese for breakfast. I had some coffee, too, because I’d have been worthless without it. For lunch, I had half a Beach Club Unwich from Jimmy John’s, a serving of Thinny Chips, and half a Diet Mountain Dew. For dinner, I had some Lean Gourmet microwaveable pizza snackers, pretzels, and raw carrots (maybe not the best choice on earth, but it was a class night, so I went with something fast). For morning snack, I had a granola bar, and for afternoon snack, I had a banana. I drank the other half of my Diet Mountain Dew during class to keep me perky. 🙂 I also drank half a gallon of water, so my new hobby is walking back and forth from my office to the bathroom.
So far, so good. I have a LONG way to go, but on the plus side, I didn’t even think about cheating. It’s almost lunchtime on day 2, and I’m still feeling pretty good. According to Lose It!, if I lose 2 pounds a week, I should meet my goal weight by June 13, 2013. Only 525 (or so) good days to go…hehe! 🙂