Motivation Monday – Making life better
The other day I saw a quote that really resonated with me, “It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.” I think it makes a very valid point. You should never reach your “best”, you should always be striving to be just a little bit better. And besides, what is really the best version of you?
By no means, do I mean that if you reach a weight loss goal, you should keep trying to lose more weight. I refer to the best version of yourself as a whole, definitely not just one aspect of yourself. And you don’t need to be focusing on ALL aspects at once, break it down and focus on a few at a time. Even with a single aspect, for example, my weight loss/fitness goals, have been broken up into smaller areas that I want to make better.
Right now, I have 3 areas that I am focusing on.
Being accountable to someone
Recently one of my besties indicated that she wanted to step up her fitness and weight loss game. We decided that we would try and make “gym dates” as often as we could with each other. I don’t know about you, but I find that having someone to talk to and workout with pushes me to workout a bit harder and longer. As well, if we are feeling weak and wanting to totally indulge and throw the good eating habits totally off the rails, we told each other we could text each other for some words of support. Knowing that there is someone else out there with the same struggles that I can rely on for support makes things a whole lot easier for me. It is also a lot more motivating for me.
Make my goal visible.
I have always been a visual person. I do much better when I can see things and the results. This past weekend as I was cleaning out my pantry, I came across a bowl containing some little colored rocks. At one point, I think they sat at the bottom of the fish tank we had. Not sure how they ended up in the pantry though. When I saw them, I remembered something I had seen on Pinterest when looking at some other fitness/weightloss ideas. I went to my local Dollarama and picked up 2 small glass jars. In one jar I would put a stone in for each pound I want to lose and in the other jar, I would transfer over a stone each week for each pound I have lost. This would make my goal a much more quantitative number. If I could see where I have to get, it seems more real to me, instead of just a number on a scale. Now I just need to make up some nice labels to make the jars a little prettier.
Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan
I have always said that I could not follow any sort of diet plan that told me what I had to eat and when I had to eat it. My life just doesn’t work that way. And although I still somewhat believe this about myself, I know that I need to meal plan in some shape or form in order to keep myself on track. What works more for me, is to make a list of meals for the week and then plot them into place as the week falls. Basically crossing them off the list as we eat them. This allows me to have some flexibility in our eating schedule but ensures I have the ingredients on hand to make the meals. I find if I don’t have the ingredients on hand, it’s a lot easier to turn to other less healthy meals. This is all great in theory, I just need to be much better at actually making the meal lists. One of my favorite Mom bloggers, Mrs.Bishop has just started a Meal Plan Monday segment on her blog that I am SO excited about. I really struggle with coming up with new and exciting meal plan ideas. It seems like I recycle the same old meals over and over again. Having a new meal plan to reference each week is going to give me a bunch of new ideas to add to my meal plan. I have looked at her first post and there are a bunch of great ideas that I will be trying out in the next few weeks.
So hopefully starting with these 3 items to focus on will push me ahead in my journey. Small steps add up to a better over all result. Good luck in your journey and we will catch up next time. If you don’t want to miss a post, be sure to subscribe to my blog!