Monday, February 17, 2014

Keep Yourself Accountable

Obstacles are going to present themselves to you every single day. You have to make the decision to push them away. How bad do you want to reach your goal? The biggest obstacle I have faced when it comes to working out, especially when losing this baby weight, has been consistency. I can't be the only one! Chandler's mood and nap time have a huge impact on my gym schedule. If he is off, then my afternoon gets thrown off and I have to decide whether I'm just going to call it a day and not hit the gym, or whether I'm going to suck it up and go much later than usual. There are other areas of my life that I want to be more consistent with too. Sticking to a budget is another thing I'm tired of quitting. It can be a hassle to go over every transaction, total everything up at the end of the month to see how you did, and plan for the next month. Granted the right tools can make all of this MUCH easier, and so far this year they make it almost effortless. Going through the daily motions can sometimes put working on the finances on the back burner. It definitely does help to have your significant other on the same page....helping you with that accountability! Getting projects done in a timely fashion is another thing I want to do. I know I'm not alone in pinning 5,000 ideas and doing 2 of them.

I've thought about making a vision board and having it above my dresser....the area I see every morning when I wake up. I've read that statistics show people are more likely to achieve their goals if they have a vision board. Possibly a project for this weekend!?!? 

I will say that this month has been pretty successful when it comes to going to the gym. I have been tracking my weight this month. Typically it's not something I do because I know that the scale means very little when it comes to results. This was my progression from Feb 4 to Feb 17:

Definitely not a huge weight loss. But this is not my first rodeo. I know how this works. What the scale says is not the big picture. The big picture? My jeans are getting big. My love handles aren't pouring out over the sides of my shirt anymore. THOSE are the results I'm looking for. OK, well that and getting jacked. Baby steps. When I was very active in the gym, lifting at my best I weighed 125-130. I looked and felt great. That's all I'm going for. But, for the purposes of the blog I'll post weight updates. I also have before and after pictures to post. Well.....I have before pictures and halfway-through pictures haha. When I have after pictures I'll post all of them. Not quite ready to put all of that out there right now. Once I have my after pictures I'm sure I'll have the confidence to post everything. For now, I'm just working on holding myself accountable and keeping my butt in the gym 5-6 times a week!