Happy New Year!
I love the first day of a New Year! I like to think of this day as a blank canvas waiting to be painted with fresh strokes of wondrous beauty. Each of us is the artist and we can make our canvas as bold and as bright as we desire. We can choose one color, multiple colors, or paint with the entire rainbow. How will YOU “color” the next 365 days? What will your work of art look like as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, 2013?
This year, I picture myself “Fit, Fab & Lean in 2013”! Does that sound like a work of art that you too, would like to create? Then follow my Top 3 Tips below.
Step One: “MAKE THE DECISION“!
A little more than a year ago, as 2011 was drawing to an end, I found myself fed up with how I felt physically. Although I had been a size 6-8 my whole adult life, I ended that year a size 12. I felt fat, tired, and depressed. I was not proud of my nonchalant attitude towards my health and so I “MADE THE DECISION” that 2012 was going to be a year to change that. It’s important to note that there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between “wanting” or “wishing” for something, and “deciding” on something. Jim Kwik, CEO of Kwik Learning, says that “if ‘incision’ means ‘to cut’ then ‘decision’ means ‘to cut out all possibility that anything other than your goal will happen.'” Decision is very much aligned with commitment. When you “MAKE THE DECISION“, you commit to taking action until your goal has been reached.
Step Two: “MAKE A PLAN“!
Don’t just “think” it, “ink” it! Write down your plan of action. What steps can you take each month, each week, each day to achieve your ultimate goal? In order for me to get fit, lose weight, and begin to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, I knew my plan needed to include changing 2 things. I needed to “get moving” and I needed to change the things I was feeding my body. (Notice I didn’t say “diet”. I believe that word is sabotaging to the goal and one reason why we often fluctuate in our weight loss attempts.)
So my “get moving” plan was to begin a weekly run/walk regimen. The beauty of this is that I didn’t need a gym membership and the only equipment I needed was a good pair of running shoes. I started by doing what is called 1:1 intervals. I would run for 1 minute and walk for 1 minute. I did this for 30 minutes a day on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and on Sunday mornings I did 1:1’s for a longer run. My “long” run started out as 3 miles, the next week 4, then 5, etc. I mapped out my runs on my calendar.
My “meal plan” was to reintroduce green vegetables into my diet and cut back on the things that were “luxuries”. Let me just say that I love junk food, fast food, delivery pizza, etc. and I thought I hated green vegetables so I knew this plan was not going to be easy! I made myself eat 2 cups of green vegetables with lunch and 2 cups with dinner. The funny thing is that when I cut back the “luxuries” (sweets, sodas, carbs, etc.) and ate more of what Mother Nature created (broccoli, spinach, kale, etc.), my palate actually began to change and I discovered that I actually LOVE green vegetables. (Ask me how to make Kale chips….they’re better than potato chips AND better for you!) I mapped out my “meal plan” (breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus) on my calendar.
Step Three: “MAKE IT A CELEBRATION!”
It’s easier to stick to your goal when there’s a party at the end! 🙂 At the beginning of January 2012, I registered for the “Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon” taking place in Orlando, Florida at the end of February. I had just 7 short weeks to train. My longest run up until this point was 3.1 miles. A half marathon is 13.1 miles! To me, this was what Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles, calls a “BHAG–Big Hairy Audacious Goal”. I wasn’t sure if it was possible for me to run that far but I did know that I would be accomplishing my ultimate “Fit” goal in the attempt. The Disney Princess became my “CELEBRATION”. I knew that by sticking to my “meal plan” and my “get moving” plan, I would get to celebrate “like a princess” at Walt Disney World.
I’m happy to report that not only did I complete that 1/2 marathon, but I also achieved my “Fit” goal. From December 2011 to February 2012, I went from a size 12 to a size 8. Having dropped 2 sizes, I was full of energy again. My confidence was back and I was once again, in love with life! I completed 5 more half marathons since then and wrapped up 2012 with my last 1/2 of the year on December 30th.
And now that we’ve begun a whole New Year, I am ready for my next “CELEBRATION”! I will be running in the 2013 Disney Princess half marathon this coming February, only this time I will be joined with 2 new running recruits…one of my BFF’s Donna Knox, and her niece Jamie Knox. For 2013, I commit to staying fit, dropping another size (want to return to 6!) and maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Are YOU ready to “MAKE THE DECISION”? Post below if you’re committed to joining me in getting “Fit, Fab & Lean in 2013!”