I’m still dealing with some of the same struggles, but I still have many of the same goals. I’m not going to give up on them.
One of the main things that I’ll be starting is Morning Pages. I’m feeling drawn to this idea – mostly because most of what I struggle with – in regards to my health – is in my head. That’s where the battle is.
You can find out about Morning Pages here. I think that will also help me from making this blog into junk. Hopefully it can be something helpful to someone else – so many times I’ve been helped by others’ blogs.
So, I guess I should try to be a little more official. Enter Goals.
I have a bit of a “challenge” going on with a few of my friends. I’m not really one for “weight-loss challenges” because I don’t believe that weight loss should be the goal. Often times, excess weight is the corollary of an unhealthy lifestyle. It is not the cause! You don’t get unhealthy because you are overweight, you get unhealthy because of the life decisions you are making (nutrition, exercise, sleep).
So, I’m not interested in weight-loss challenges because weight loss is also a corollary. You won’t get healthy because you lose weight. There are a million ways to lose weight, but 99% of those won’t get you healthy. In fact, 99% of them won’t work for the long term at all. You’ll lose 20 lbs, and then you’ll gain it all back.
So – when my friend suggested we do a health challenge, I was excited. I was talking to her. She felt like she needed a push to help her make better eating choices and lifestyle choices. I needed the exact same push.
I wish I could say that I’m really pure or mature. But I’m not. I get stuck in my habits and tend to cling to my bad ones. I know better. Boy do I know better. But somewhere I’ve had trouble making the rubber hit the road. So, this challenge idea came at the perfect time.
The beauty of the this challenge is that it is personalized. We each make up our own goals. I’ll list my goals later in this post. The challenge is to complete our goals. If we don’t, then we have to donate money – $500 – to either Hillary Clinton’s or Donald Trump’s presidential campaign!
I know. I feel like I should be “good” enough to make some kind of positive-reward goal. But the truth of the matter is, I’ve had a lot of positive incentives to change, and none of them seem to outweigh the cycle of sugar addiction I’ve been in. I believe that incentives can really work, so I needed to figure out the right one.
I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, nor am I a fan of Hillary Clinton. I will probably end up voting for my dog. And the idea of donating even a dime to either campaign – that’s enough to help me say no to a cookie.
Just to be sure that this incentive works, I also knew that I needed the dollar amount to be high enough to really hurt. I’m not rich, but $50…that might be worth cheating on my goals a little bit. I really like pizza. I needed the penalty to be more than $50 or even $100. So – $500? I can’t spare that kind of cash for a cookie.
And the idea of giving the Donald $500 makes me want to barf in my own mouth. The idea of giving $500 to Hillary makes me want to double barf in my own mouth. This is the perfect incentive.
175 Consecutive Days of Yoga*
175 Consecutive Days of Meditation*
175 Consecutive Days of Being in Bed by 10PM*
175 Consecutive Days of 90/10 Primal Diet*
Run the Park City Trail Series 1/2 Marathon – implementing the Maffetone/Primal Endurance method
Submit my “success story” to Mark’s Daily Apple
Those are the goals. They are really hard.
* There are 10 “free days” in each of the 175-consecutive day goals. The 175 day goals are important to keep, and I wanted to write them in there because I feel like they will cause a domino effect. If I’m going these things, then the other things I want to have happen in my life (size four, Mark’s Daily Apple Success Story) will happen.
Okay. That’s it for now. Those are the goals. That’s what I’m working for.