There seems to be something in the air at the moment. I've been wittering on about wanting to achieve X, Y and Z for, well, pretty much forever if we're being really honest. I'm a great starter, less good at the follow through (ever done a Belbin assessment? I'm a classic, gold standard, 'Plant' - all about the ideas then 'bored now'. I'm working on that second bit).
Health and fitness is a longstanding Thing. Weight, in particular. It goes down, it goes uuuuup. At the moment it's about as up as I want it to be. It should come down by about 20lbs or the best part of a stone and a half.
Anyway. Yesterday two seperate blog posts - from Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project and Sydney Markle over on Go Mighty (how I love that site) - wandered across my attention, both making the same point: you are more likely to succeed at any stated goal if you measure and monitor progress.
The other really interesting tip from Sydney was to pick two small things a week to change in order to take you a little closer to goal. Teeny things. Things that are so inconsequential you barely notice them and can't in good conscience NOT do them. The idea is that all those tiny little triumphs pretty soon add up to significant progress. I'm going to aim to cut one bad habit and add one good habit each week.
So here I am. In the starting blocks: Target -20lbs.
This week my two tiny chages are:
- stop eating generic chocolate - specifically Titch's stash (so bad! SO bad!). High-end chocolate I can do with moderation, a small amount scratches an itch. But leave me alone with the mass-market stuff and I can't be responsible for my actions. I'm pretty sure they lace that stuff with crack.
- drink a pint of water before each meal.