|Each day that I exercised, I gave myself a sticker.|
I rather like the collection of them. It's a great
reminder that I made my health a priority.
When I began the self-portrait project at the beginning of the month, it helped kick-start me into action. I didn't like what I saw in the digital reflections of my life. I'm not just talking about the weight; I'm talking about the dispirited person buried in the weight -- the person who gave up, felt little hope, and wanted to hide from people.
I saw the stickers and thought, "Twelve weeks -- let me do this for twelve weeks." And, I began making my workouts a priority along with tracking calories using a free online system. Why 12 weeks? Two reasons: I heard/read that it takes several weeks of consistency to form new habits, and it takes about the same amount of time to see results. I don't expect to undo all the damage I've done to myself in 12 weeks, I just want to see improvement and not become discouraged after 3 weeks. It's merely a doable checkpoint.
What keeps you on track?