Monday, January 3, 2011

Will You Succeed or Fail in 2011?

Back at work! My trusty cooler is by my side, and I've already had breakfast (1 cup greek yogurt, 2 tbsp ground flax, and 1/2 cup fresh blueberries & blackberries) and just began Snack-1 (2 hard boiled eggs & an apple).  Lunch is super yummy... I stuffed two small red peppers with a blend of ground beef, mushrooms, brown rice and seasonings, then topped with a bit of feta. View the Today's Cooler page to see all my food & nutrition ratios.

My knee is doing great, and the swelling continues to diminish. I have physical therapy today at 4:15, so I'll be leaving the office early. I would LOVE to go to Tab's full body conditioning class tonight, but I'm not doing anything until my doctor gives me the OK. This time. Lol :-)

Let's talk about goals. Did you make any New Year's Resolutions/Goals? Are you keeping to them? Through my journey to lose weight, and keep it off, I've learned that success or failure come down to the answers to two questions:

What Do You Want?   How Bad Do You Want It?

Yes, it really is that simple. And that complex. If you (I, we) have a goal, and you want it bad enough, you will do what it takes to reach and keep that goal. Period.

Four years ago yesterday found me signing up at the gym ready to change my life. Or I thought I was. I wasn't. I was ready for baby-steps, but not great big ones. 8 months later when I blew out my knee the first time, I was ready. Despite my injury, I got what I wanted because of how bad I wanted it. I reached my goal weight because I was willing to make the dietary changes required. I wanted it that bad. Bad enough to dump fast food, soda, dessert, fatty food, french fries, pizza... because I wanted to reach goal weight, and I wanted it that bad. I can't begin to tell you how many times I woke early (and still do) for a workout I had no motivation for... but I asked myself, "How bad do you want it?". And I got up. Got moving. Got it done.

Today, 2+ years into maintenance, I've learned how to make fries, pizza, dessert, etc in healthy & tasty ways my whole family enjoys. I can enjoy the rare soda or occasional cheat/treat meal. The point isn't the food to eat or not eat, though that's part of how to reach my goals. The point is what do I want, and how bad I want it. What will I do to achieve my goal? And what won't I do? These determine whether I will succeed or fail. 

So, 2011 is here. What do you want this year? And how bad do you want it?

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