Say it aint so, Joe!

9 Aug

This morning the 4th pre-season task was released! It’s called ‘Say it out loud’, and it’s all about confirming your commitments to not only yourself, but to others. It took me a little while to get my list of commitments down. I initially felt the need to be really sentimental about where I’ve come from and how I need to make myself feel better, but I’ve spent a long time working through all that psychological stuff. This is the time to announce what my goals are, and whether I’m committed to them or not.

So, what am I committing to? What do I want to say out loud (physically, and through cyberspace as well!)…

  • I am committing to following the 12wbt all the way through. This includes continuously following the eating and exercise plans (to the best of my ability).
  • I am committing to not making excuses.
  • I am committing to not giving in to things that make me temporarily happy.
  • I am committing to becoming fitter and stronger, and to becoming a runner!
  • I am committing to being a team player, and being there for Al when she needs me, and listening to her when I need her to be my conscience!
  • I am committing to creating a healthier and happier life for myself.
  • I committing to helping myself become the best version of me that I can be – the ‘me’ that I’ve always dreamed of being.
  • I am committing to losing 10kgs by the end of the 12wbt (and hopefully a little bit more!)
  • AND… I am committed to do the work to get there.

Before posting this list, I had to really consider whether or not I really was committed to do the work to get to where I want to be. In my head I’m thinking ‘Yeah, of course I’m committed!’, but sometimes reality can be an entirely different thing, and I know that sitting on the couch is 50 times more comfortable than getting up and doing some exercise! In the pre-season leading up to the start of the 12wbt, I have been trying to generally clean up my life and start exercising more/eating less. However actually putting this into practice has been really hard. I know that every now and then, I’ve been eating too much, or eating something I shouldn’t be. It’s been difficult mentally to get myself out of bed in the mornings to get up and get exercising, and when I do, to keep myself going for as long as possible.

However, I must admit, I am proud of the effort I have been making so far. Small steps lead to big changes, and I consider that the massive changes I have made even in the last three or so weeks (compared to the ‘I’ll do/eat whatever I want!’ mentality I had about a month ago) is something to be happy and proud of. I’ve cleaned out the fridge and cupboard, have been writing out weekly meal plans and shopping lists, sticking to 12oo calories a day, and exercising about 5-6 days a week. This is a massive change, and it’s something to be proud of. By the time the program actually kicks off in another 17 days, I know that I’ll be in the right frame of mind to put my all into it.
I find my biggest set back is allowing myself to give in to feeling content in the moment (eg. not going for a walk/jog because I can’t be bothered, or eating junk because I want it), but I know that in order to achieve my goal in the long run, I can’t keep giving in to these little momentary lapses of ‘content’. I’d much rather be content in a size 10 bikini on the beach at the end of the year than eating some chocolate after dinner tonight!!

Well, wish me luck with the whole willpower thing! In 17 days time, I’ll be ready to make the transformation of my life!

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