This weekend I reached an important goal, 66 days of consistent walking.
Seems like an odd goal I know, but if you’re a regular Cartel reader you’d know that we are quite taken with the theory that it takes 66 days to create a habit.
So, I’ve set my walking habit in stone, through a consistent, measured exercise regime that has spanned 66 lovely, thigh-thinning days.
Of course, it’s symbolic more than anything else. I don’t believe that the number is particularly important, but setting and achieving my goal is.
I wrote a while ago of my struggle with my weight. Today I am in a great place with it all. I haven’t weighed myself for two months. I got to the point that I realised that weighing myself was doing more harm than good. Every week that I didn’t achieve my goal weight it would be a setback for me, I would think ‘oh bugger this’ and I would end up going backwards.
I decided to do what Champagne Carolyn taught me; concentrate on the things you can control. You might think well stick to a diet and you can control your weight, but unfortunately no matter how well you eat, there are some weeks where you just don’t lose weight. You can plateau, you can bloat from hormones, your ass can be holding onto a piece of brie from weeks back. You may’ve been extra hungry that week. Or you might go to three parties and eat a buttload of kabana and neck way more chardonnay than you should.
These days I focus on eating food I enjoy and feel good about eating. Moderation being the key. I have been advised by a naturopath to eat more protein, so I’m working on that one. Is kabana protein? I try and eat portion sizes that approximately correspond to my stomach size.
I exercise because I enjoy it. I get time out in the fresh air and I feel fitter and stronger.
And now I am finding I fit better into my clothes. I guess I still feel I have a long way to go to be my ideal in terms of attitude, health, fitness and body shape and size. My aim is to be heaps more awesome by the end of this year. Slow and steady.
The important thing is that I am working on it. I don’t give a shit about ‘perfection’ anymore. A bit of ‘boring’ good health and trimming my apple shape to a healthy-heart, size 12 waistline are my targets.
And for the first time I am persevering and being consistent and not yoyo-ing. I’m making long-term lifestyle changes. I’m doing the best I can with what I’ve got. I’m being the best me I can be. For now.
Right now I think I need a new goal. What do you think I should do?
I’m pondering taking up riding my rusty old bike one morning a week. Or maybe donning some double bra action, strapping the girls in and trying the Couch to 5K app.
I’d love your thoughts! What do you think I should work towards? What goals do you have on right now?