I am an all or nothing kind of girl. Right or wrong. Pass or fail. Win or lose.
NO IN BETWEEN.
This can be a good thing. It's how God made me. I can usually see right through a facade. I can usually hear about a situation or decision that needs to be made and pinpoint what needs to happen (the exception is when it is my own situation- ha!).
The downside is I get fired up over anything I see as wrong. It can be something minor and I get downright angry as if someone's life depended on it! Another problem with this is I have perfectionist tendencies and when I see myself as failing at something I just quit. If I can't do it right, I'd rather not do it at all. I frustrate myself to no end.
This has manifested itself in my weight-loss approach. When I slip up once, I just give up. I know it isn't logical but I'm just being honest here.
So I have decided that instead of going on a complete health overhaul all at once (which I would fail and quit AGAIN), this time I have made a list of small changes that I can implement slowly over time and build on. This is not a new concept. I have seen friends use this same approach. One amazing friend, named Clara, has lost 100 lbs! Check out her blog here.
Here is my list I came up with so far:
Increase Water intake
Park further away
Cut out sweet tea/soda
Cut out after dinner snacking
Less Internet time
Weigh in weekly
Cook at home
Less eating out at restaurants
30 minutes of cardio/day
60 minutes of cardio/day
Get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables
My plan is to focus on one or two of these changes each week. When I get consistent at them, then I add on another one.
What other changes would you add to my list?