As part of my goals for 2013, I have taken on the challenge of getting healthy and fit FOR ONE LAST TIME. Yep, that's right ONE LAST TIME! I dont ever want to have to do this again...lose 15, gain 15, lose 15, gain 15...so frustrating and really defeating.
I have tried it all and with much success...Weight Watchers, Jillian, The Core Balance Diet, The Fat Flush, and I have loved each one while I was "in the mode"(you have to get "in the mode"). Most recently I have been using LoseIt which I really like alot! I have even spent two years training with a personal trainor...only to gain the weight back and lose the muscle tone when I got a kidney stone and had to have two surgeries to remove it. It took me 6-9 months to feel like doing anything at all and at that point...well, you know the story...I would have to start all over again.
The reoccuring problem for me(and maybe for you) is that when I STOP using the plan and get back into my normal routine...the weight slowly comes back. So slowly in fact, that it really feels like I have control and then BAM! My pants feel a little tight and the zipper is starting to pull, my clothes look a little more lumpy than they had before...Dang it!! It really makes me crazy!!!
How many times have I been there...too many too count! So what's the solution? I WANT to be healthy and fit and that seems like it should be enough but it isnt. Simply wanting it should work but it doesnt. The problem lies in that I actually have to MAKE IT HAPPEN and it's alot of hard work. In fact, most of the time(as I am sure you have experienced) it requires changing my entire life from dawn to dusk which is probably why it doesnt last, it's unrealistic at least for me.
So what's the solution?
I was listening to a Tobi Fairley Mastermind Telecall today(she is my business coach and I love her telecalls!) and she was talking about "DESIGNING" our design process from initial client contact to installation. She wanted us to chart our process from beginning to end marking along the way our services that make our client's feel special; a really interesting topic of discussion and one that is essential to establishing great client satisfaction and referrals.
Hmmm....I pull together design projects for clients everyday. From start to finish, I "create" beautiful, comfortable lives for them within their homes. I create a life that functions for them daily in a very beautiful way.
Light bulb moment!!!
WHY AM I NOT DOING THAT FOR MYSELF???
Why am I not "DESIGNING" a healthy and fit lifestyle that works for me? Why am I struggling to make someone else's plan fit my life...it's never going to work. That's like trying to make a sectional sofa fit in a tiny room...not gonna happen because it isnt what you need! I need my own plan, my own menus and schedules that work in my life. The way I like to live it. :) Is it really that plain and simple?
WHAT works for me? WHAT works for you?
Being at the gym at 5am everyday??? Ummm, I dont think so, I REALLY enjoy my sleep and for the first time in the past twenty years, I can sleep-in because I dont have to take children to school. So, sorry, but I have earned the extra z's and I intend to enjoy them! BUT, being at the gym by 9am, two days a week...now that's appealing and something that could happen and I would really enjoy :)
And what about food, that's a biggie right? Every diet that I have ever tried has RESTRICTED my food intake and the types of foods that I could eat or at least that's how it felt when I was following the plan. "DON'T eat this, you CAN'T eat that". I always feel like I am a two year old and am constantly being told that I cant have something. Anyone that knows me, knows that that boat ain't gonna float!! Tell me NO and I immediately start trying to figure out how I can get around the NO and have what I want.(I see my Mom and my Hubby shaking their heads in agreement, lol)
Just starting a diet makes me feel deprived and that is a recipe for disaster.
I LOVE food, really love food. I am a "Foodie" and proud of it! Love organics, love chef prepared dishes, love to eat out at REALLY GOOD restaurants and I LOVE to cook when I am not rushed; so cooking dinner after a long day's work doesnt interest me...I want to be fed. I want comfort. And comfort is not preparing a meal that may or may not be eaten because my family is all over the place with their schedules. Solution?
"DESIGNING" a menu/dining plan that FITS my lifestyle. One that comforts me when I need comfort and one that allows me the leisure time I require when I want to prepare a meal. One that has food available for my teenagers when they appear in my kitchen and for my hubby after a long days work...sometimes 7-8pm at night which is long after I have become hungry. This plan will take some work to get it right but do you see where I am going with this?
For me, a "DIET" isnt going to work but a custom "DESIGNED" plan for the life I want to live just might do the trick!!! Why didnt I think of it sooner? I have only been "DESIGNING" for twenty years!!! lol
So what about you? Are you struggling with your weight too? Stubborn 15-30 pounds? Why not spend the time creating a plan that works perfectly for you? I think it's a brilliant idea!! And I am really excited to get started on mine!
Stay tuned for more thoughts on creating my healthy and fit, beautifully "DESIGNED" new life for 2013! I can't wait to share it with you soon!
I LOVE designing beautiful homes for the lives of my clients. If you are looking for someone to assist you in the area of design, please give me a call :)
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Have a wonderful evening!
And CHEERS to a beautifully "DESIGNED" life in 2013!