Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Clean Slate

I have been really struggling the past few week with motivation. I started this new year determined to get my life know eat better, loose weight, workout everyday,give up this or that. I started with so much enthusiasm and determination. But somehow I have gotten off track, already. I have only run once this past week. I have all the excuses, my treadmill broke last week, I am moving in two weeks, so I have been packing like a mad woman, both my kids had cavities that had to be fixed this week, the list goes on.

Yesterday I spent a few minutes thinking about how good I will feel if I actually stick with my goals, if I really lost that 10 pounds. There is a huge part of me that wants to be happier and healthier this year. So what is getting in my way??

Is it fear or sabotage? OR is it just being more comfortable with my own laziness? Most people just slip back into their old habits, I haven't even done that. My old habits were good, I seem to be creating all new ones. I have been asking myself  "How badly do you want this? or is it just some silly fantasy that would be nice if I didn't have to work too hard at it?

I decided if I really want things to change I need to put all my effort into it and start with a clean slate:

* Reconfirm to myself what I want.
* Make sure my goals are realistic.
* Write down my goals for the year.
* Spend a few minutes every morning reading my goals and imagine what it will be like to achieve them.
* Make a plan to attain my goals.
* Take small steps each day to achieve my goals.

I think if  I keep a positive attitude and remember Frayed Laces' motto~DDYA, I can do anything I put my mind to.


Denise said...

It's just flat out hard and life is really too busy. But you CAN do it. It's not too late into the year to throw in the towel and forget the goals. You have a good plan laid out!

Cheetah Girl said...

Hi! Love the clean slate plan.. I need this too! I had a big problem always seeming find a way to justify missing a workout last semester, and I plan on not taking no for an answer this time! Good luck!

Joe said...

I'm all for the clean slate. You've got a plan and go at it like a long run: one step at a time. Today eat right and run. Don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow do what you need to do to stick with your goals. Don't think about the next day. One mile, one day at a time. You can do it!


The Happy Runner said...

By making sure your goals are realistic and then establishing a plan to achieve the goals, you'll succeed! So many times, our goals are not realistic, or we don't figure out how to achieve them. But, if you set yourself up for success, you'll reach it!


Marci said...

Clean slate is good! You likely just needed a rest!

Marlene said...

I've been having a hard time sticking to my goals and resolutions... I think I'll use your 'clean slate' idea as well. We can do this!

Janice {Run Far} said...

When I moved I lost track of my goals as well. It is so stressful to move. Keep it up though, it sounds like you are on the track back to achieving your goals.

Run Mommy said...

You have inspired to start a clean slate too! I look forward to reading of your progress and i will try and comment on mine.

BeachRunner said...

Good stuff and a smart approach to the new year. You can do it.