Hi guys! I just wanted to let you know that you've all inspired me so far, and I just can't wait to start this journey with you.
Anyway, here's what I wrote for my Action Plan. It might be a little long, as I'm using my 21DHL workbook as a journal of sorts; hope you don't mind, and good luck to all of you!
So, it’s that time of the year again: the last rush to make a list of resolutions just before the beginning of a new year. In my case, there have been far too many failures in keeping those promises to myself; is it because I didn’t take the time to really think of what I wanted to achieve? Is it because I didn’t set a realistic time limit, or because I didn’t prioritise any of those new goals enough? I think it’s a little of both – I didn’t want what I was aiming for enough, and being a procrastinator, I certainly didn’t put enough of time and effort into keeping any of my resolutions. Having said that, I want this new year, thousand-and-heaven, to be different; I want to get out of this productivity rut I’ve been stuck in for what feels like forever. This 21 Day Healthy Living Challenge will be my very first step towards becoming a healthier, more accomplished me. I’ve been wanting to take better care of myself for a while now, but all my attempts this far have been unfruitful: I’ve started quite a number of fitness programs in the past year, and while I’ve had a few successful weeks, I would inevitably slip of the wagon sooner or later and feel so blasé about this set-back that I just wouldn’t get back on track. Why then, should 2011 be any different? Well, I’ve decided that this year is going to be MY year. I have so many things to accomplish and I feel ridiculously excited about all of them. I’m going to devise detailed action plans to get me there, but I WILL get everything done. The only thing that has been stopping me so far has been me, and I want to learn to help myself rather than forget what’s best for me. I think that this Challenge, and all the lovely people on the forum, will give me the jump start I need. So, here goes!
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Step One: In my ideal world, I would be a comfortable size 38 in clothing, with trim, shapely legs and a derrière that would drive my loved one crazy! I would be in proportion, athletic and healthy: I would be able to run in a 5K race without dying, I would be able to do push-ups without thinking my arms are going to give out and I would have a happy, loving attitude towards my body. In my ideal world, I would be eating well most days, but I wouldn’t beat myself up if I allowed myself a treat from time to time. I certainly wouldn’t think that a piece of cake would just destroy my diet, and just give up for the day – I wouldn’t have that all-or-nothing attitude anymore. My skin would be glowing, my hair and nails would be healthy and I WOULDN’T BE SMOKING. I wouldn’t be poisoning my body by drinking too much and I would be exercising a minimum of three hours a week to make my body and mind sing. Finally, I would have developed the self-discipline required to stop boredom eating, and to change my lifestyle habits permanently.
Step Two: By the end of the Challenge, I want to have created a workout plan that is realistic for me and I want to have exercised at least three hours a week, consistently. I want to have lost 5lbs and feel more in tune with my body. I want to feel stronger! I want to have made good progress in the C25K program and I want to have reduced my cigarette consumption to 7 a day, in preparation for my upcoming Quit Day (I want to have stopped by the 4th of March). Finally, I want to stop drinking alcohol on my own completely and I want to have found a system against my emotional eating.
Step Three: In order to reach my fitness goals, I will be exercising six times a week: three days for the C25K program, and three days for a strength training program which I will devise. The cigarette consumption as well as the drinking and overeating will be addressed by journaling when I feel the urge, examining my behaviour when I’m craving something and finding a constructive and/or fun method of distraction for when it gets really hard (I’ve been thinking of starting some DIY/crafts stuff, like birthday card making or sewing!).
Step Four: In order to ensure my success, I’ll make a point of posting and interacting on the 21DLHC forum every day as I believe that being held accountable is an invaluable tool! I won’t keep any alcohol whatsoever in my flat, nor will I buy any more junk food. I will allow myself two treats a week so as not to go stir crazy and I will do my utmost to resist any of my mother’s delicious cakes. I will get my workout done as early as possible in the morning as I am well aware of my tendency to just not do it if I leave it till evening. Finally, I will use the motivation to master my new hobby to get me through any cravings I might get.