10 Ways I’m Jump-Starting My Weight Loss
Weight loss is hard. It’s complicated and more emotional than most of us would be comfortable admitting. When I decided to get real with myself, I did a ton of research about ways that I could increase my willpower and ability to make healthy decisions. I wanted to count on myself, and I just couldn’t.
What I found was that our willpower is like a gas tank. It’s completely full when you first wake up, and the decisions that we make throughout the day, we spend that willpower. I wanted to create a system that automated as many decisions as I could so that I spent the majority of my willpower “gas” in the morning when it was fullest. Eventually, I was no longer making a ton of tiny decisions. What to wear? What to eat for lunch? Should I work out? Do I have time for breakfast? What should I make? Should I wear makeup today?
Once I built routines, the decision was taken out of the equation. If you’re curious about how to create routines, check my blog post HERE, or you can check out my YouTube Video HERE.
1. Follow my Morning Routine
I want to put some effort into setting my mornings up in a way that helps me prepare for my day so that I can start my day off ra glass
- a glass of water & bullet journal
- treadmill/exercise most days of the week
- water and lemon post workout/outside reflection and meditation
2. Follow my Home-From-Work Routine
I’ll write a post about how I FINALLY figured out (I think/hope) how to organize my cleaning tasks so that everything gets done on another post, soon.
- Monday: Dust and Vacuum
- Tuesday: Sweep and Mop
- Wednesday: Wipe down
- Thursday: Scrub everything
3. PM Routine
Another time to reset the house, reflect on the past day, and get prepared for the upcoming day so that I don’t waste my willpower on predictable decisions. I can spend this energy saying “no, thanks” to the office cake, or taking the stairs. I never believed it before, but it really is these little things that make weight loss a reality.
- Bullet Journal Routine
- put a cup of ice on my nightstand
- prepare a cup of hot tea
4. Be Tidy
This may seem like a silly step, but, it’s actually been crucial for me. It wasn’t until I was able to control my outward environment that I could start to really reflect on my motivations and dedicate myself to my weight loss. Waking up to a clean kitchen, feeling the weight of laundry vanish, making cleaning tasks feel like the background noise of my life, has freed up the mental and emotional energy I know it will take to walk this journey and share it with you.
- Put things away as soon as I am done with them
- Follow daily cleaning routine most days
- Follow weekly cleaning routine most weeks
- Decaffeinated coffee
- Decaffeinated herbal tea
6. Eat Clean
I’m not going to ascribe to the latest thing, I am just going to make sensible choices and eat reasonable portions, and exercise most days of the week. I’ll be making common-sense choices about my nutrition.
- FitBit journal
- as little processed as possible
- mainly lean protein and vegetables
- avoid sugars
- count backward when I feel tempted
- I read that if you count from 5 to 1 helps you move from the emotional part of your brain to the more analytical side so you can make rational decisions, even when making small decisions
7. Monitor my progress
I’m taking these steps because I want the wealth of health. I want to live the longest life possible so that I can spend as much time with my best friend and soulmate. My weight has to be addressed because it is interfering with my ability to complete our family with a little Baby Rodgers, or two. I want to be the best version of myself so that I can be the best mom to any babies that might come our way.
- Share my weekly food journal
- Share my weekly FitBit dashboards for the week
- Weekly weigh-ins
- Take my measurements once a week
- Eventually, I’ll share this progress through a series of YouTube videos.
8. Follow my Bullet Journal Planning Routine – this crucial part of my daily routines
This is a crucial part of my daily routine. Writing in my journal helps me keep my professional life organized so that I am on top of projects with many moving pieces. In my personal life, it helps me reflect on what I am grateful for, it helps bring me into the moment so that I am as mindful as possible of each moment.
- next day spread populated by my future log, monthly calendar, and weekly spread
- gratitude log
- word a day journal
- self-care tracker
- habit tracker
9. YouTube Channel
I’m not going to lie to you, this is the piece of this journey that I am the most hesitant about. In the time it’s taken for me to bring this post to you, I have turned to David at least half a dozen times and have asked: “do you think I’m just setting myself up for ridicule?” I want to be able to share all of the parts of my journey with those of you who are struggling like I am in a way that spotlights failures and lessons learned. However, to be able to achieve this level of honesty would require me to make myself very vulnerable, and I am still struggling with.
- Upload 1 YouTube video to my channel a week
- Related to blog post
- Health updates
- Weekly progress share
- Sharing tips
- Honesty about struggles/failures
- Spotlight failure
10. Write 200 crappy words
I recently listened to “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*” by Paul Minors and something that stuck with me was the story of an author of note crediting the practice of writing 200 crappy words a day for his success.
Come along with me on this weight loss journey
For the next 10 weeks, I will be sharing my successes and failures as I practice my sticktoitiveness and make the best choices for my health. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram. (Just click on the social media icons on the top right-hand side of your browser”
If you’re curious about what any of these looks like in my everyday life, let me know on social media using the hashtag #meclectic, and I’ll add it to my YouTube video idea-list 😉