So it has been two months since I made a post. whoops! I definitely did that thing where you plan too much and then get over your head, and then you don’t have anything even though you planned so much… Turns out I’m just like congress. But unlike congress, I make crafts. Maybe congress would get more done if they made more crafts. That is a solid political theory.
During my brief time away from the internet I was doing some kind-of awesome things:
The Job: I landed a little freelance position at a local magazine! I mainly do articles about local fashion boutiques and foodie spots- but I live in a tasty town so no complaints here. Check it out here. I’m on page 64, 101, and 119.
The Travel: I was able to take an awesome trip from Southern Louisiana to DC and back to visit friends for a wedding and to do all the awesome summer-in-America things. Fireworks on the National Mall. Camping. Beach. Mountains. All the tasty food. I will have more on that in some future posts.
The Change: At the start of June I began a simple diet with a lot of help from my boyfriend, and I am super pumped to say that I have lost just about 15 pounds! There area lot of things I have learned from this experience and I will share them with you because the internet is full of people wanting to loose weight, or change something about themselves, or learn something new- and really, there are a lot of the same skills and disciplines involved.
- The most important thing is to get support. Online support is super awesome- I use sparkpeople.com, but at the end of the day nothing beats real people. Friends, family, partner/spouse/significant other. Use positive relationships to help you! Things will get frustrating and stressful, and there will be times you want to give up- so you are going to need some help when everything seems to be going to shit.
- Make the change part of your daily habits. Going on a diet takes up time. Not just in terms of how many weeks it will take to properly loose your weight goals, but it takes time every day to count calories, make diet and fitness plans, and to go get exercise. The only way it would really fit into your life is if it becomes a daily habit. If you want to learn to play the guitar, or watercolor, or rock climb, or whatever- you have to practice all the time, not just once in a while. It is the same for any big change in your life.
- Don’t be hard on yourself/Be kind to yourself. You are not going to change overnight. You will not change perfectly. You will mess up, make mistakes, and backslide. Go ahead and forgive yourself upfront for being human. It will make things easier as they go. When you make a mistake take a deep breath and start over. In any video game you can re-start, so if Mario can do it- so can you!
- Set realistic goals. Don’t tell yourself you are going to become a Gustav Klimt or a Michael Phelps or a Nelson Mandela. Just be you, but a little better at piano, or better at bike racing, or a few pounds smaller. Once you reach a milestone in your change adventure then reward yourself and look toward a new goal.
- Change to make your life better. As in, don’t loose weight because someone else told you to do so, or you thing people will like you more, or because you have a special event coming up. Those are not real reasons to change, they might feel real and motivating, but in the end you are the one who is going to have to want the change all the time. Do it for you, to make yourself feel better, to bring some more happy-fun-times in your life. Otherwise when everything sucks and you don’t want to be on the treadmill anymore and you’re tired of eating carrots it will be easy to give up or to beat yourself raw for someone else’s goals.
That is all. Enjoy the Olympics. Go Team!