Why not make this harder than it has to be?

So it’s the holiday season.  The time where everyone works out, stays on track, and usually loses weight, right?  Seems like the perfect time to “prime the pump” to prepare for a bikini competition.  No?? Really??

Ok then, so as usual I’m making this harder than it has to be.

In about three months from now (February 2016) I will begin an intense 12 weeks of training for a bikini competition in June.  (To understand why, read my previous post “I’m Lauren, and I’m an alcoholic”).  I know myself well enough though to be honest:  if I don’t start getting my shit together now, I’m in serious trouble.

My stats might be important as a starting point on this journey.  I haven’t been measured in a few months but right now I’m sitting at a hefty 157 pounds.  Ouch.  That’s something I never thought I’d admit out loud.  I’ve learned though, that weight isn’t as important as the composition of your body.  Well lucky for me, my body composition is teetering on “obese” by AMA standards so at least all my hard work (i.e. wine and carbs) this fall has paid off.

So back to making this harder than it has to be….

Here’s my strategy:

  1. Lose 10 pounds by Christmas (6 weeks from now).  2 pounds a week is reasonable.  Over the holidays.  When I’m traveling to New York.  Yikes.
  2. Start 2016 off with a super clean diet….no added sugar (real, fake, or “natural”), no processed foods, no alcohol (with a reprieve for my birthday on the 26th), no grains.  Essentially it will be The Whole 30 until January 25th.
  3. Leap into February with a pretty decent head start to give me the best chance of success!

The more public I am about my commitment, the better chance I have of success.  It’s not about public humiliation for me.  I’m not averse to that.  I humiliate myself all the time by just the expressions that pass across my face or the words that roll off my tongue.  It’s more about keeping my word.  A public declaration means something to me.  I’ve found that most disappointment in one’s self or others comes when words and actions don’t match.  There’s no need to be judgmental or harsh…it’s really simple:  do what you say you are going to do.  If you can’t, then say something else.  Change your words or change your actions.  So this is me “saying” it.  I’m going to do it!  I’m going to get through these holidays and lose 10 lbs.

(I wish I had some duct tape.)

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