Have you made promises to yourself since the New Year? Are you keeping them?
Promises we make to ourselves are the easiest to break. There is no one to really call us on it when we do – we are really answering to no one but ourselves. But what does that say about our opinion of ourselves when we do break those promises? And how do we manage to keep them? And how do we keep ourselves going when we falter? How do we get back on track and stay there?
It is the start of day three since my Disneyland trip and the new promises I made the day after the trip. I have done well for the most part.
Day two, I did well for the most part, but I have to admit, I ate four Hershey’s kisses about three p.m. in the afternoon. I have been sick and home the last few days, and I just wanted it and couldn’t talk myself out of them.
I had no real appetite or hunger yesterday. I didn’t eat dinner. I just climbed back into bed and went to sleep at six p.m.
Promise two was to do my Leslie Sansone walking DVD every day and build up to first one mile, then on up to the five mile workout. This promise I could not do. Too sick and no energy and running fever. So I gave myself a pass on this promise (editor’s note: when you have a fever, it is best to skip exercise).
As soon as I am better, I will work this DVD and get back into my Zumba DVDs too. I love Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs because they are easy, and you do them in the comfort of your own home, and you don’t need special equipment, and the best part of all, you actually get a good workout. It is especially good for those of us who hate going to the gym, and who need to start somewhere without compromising ourselves due to the lack of our abilities.
My third promise I have kept easily. I promised myself to give myself a serious pep talk every morning and every evening (and throughout the day if needed) reminding myself why I want to lose weight, and that I can do it, and I can keep it off.
Somehow making the time to actually verbalize out loud to myself every morning and every night not only keeps my focus, but verbalizing my goals out loud somehow calms me and inspires me.
Keeping promises cannot just be about writing them down and forgetting about them. We have to live them to fulfill our promises. It starts with thinking about what we really want to promise ourselves. Then writing it down. Looking at them and committing to our promises. Then it is important to say them every day, maybe like me, several times a day to keep us on track.
If you haven’t really done much work on your promises, start today. Start over if you have too. So what! If you start over and commit, write them down, use them daily to remind yourself of what you are working to accomplish, chances are you will succeed. I will keep you updated.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.