Our newly re-energized diet and fitness "spark" continues! We're about to take it to the next level. An after-hours discussion in the Mix Mansion has led to the emergence of a new focus project, "MY NEW ME", spearheaded by our own "Urban Tony Robbins": Ken C. aka K-Groove. Designated by our House Momma Lynetta to be our "coach", Ken has come up with a foundation and plan to get the family on the right path to overall wellness with diet and exercise through support, sharing, choices and commitment. His concept is as follows:
The Memory Lane “MY NEW ME” Plan
1. Define your destination; your “GOAL”. Set a specific, measurable goal with a “by-when” achievement deadline. (Lose 10 pounds by April 21st; Drop 3 inches from waistline by July 15th, etc.)
2. Write down and COMMIT to a daily or weekly Action Plan that is consistent with your GOAL.
3. Identify your obstacles. Clearly list the things, conditions, people and/or situations that are likely to interrupt or interfere with your Action Plan. (Let’s talk about ways to overcome these.)
4. Prepare to deal with “breakdown” (any interruption in your progress). These happen, so anticipate them and plan ahead. Develop strategies for eliminating or overcoming disruptions so you can quickly get back on track.
5. STAY COMMITTED to working your Action Plan. Remind yourself EVERY DAY that achieving your goal is “WHAT’S IMPORTANT!” (Post a copy on your refrigerator door!)
Confer and share notes with participating family members regarding your progress - AND THEIRS. Discuss questions and any points of concern you have, and offer helpful suggestions to others if you have any.
While this will NOT be the place to seek or offer professional or medical advice, your anecdotal experiences might be as helpful to someone else as theirs might be for you.
And above all, offer your sincere words of support and encouragement to everyone in this program. That’s what this project - and this family - are all about. In united commitment we are on the path to becoming A HEALTHY ‘NEW’ COMMUNITY starting NOW! Working together we’ll have each other’s backs, and we can look forward to sharing and celebrating everybody’s ultimate success stories! LET’S GO!!
You're off to a great start Janice. Now if you're "game" for it, I request that you share the basic elements (starting size/weight, target size/weight (i.e. your GOAL), and achievement deadline) of your "New Me" plan with the rest of us.
There are no MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS here, but it has been proven in many studies that 'going public' with your objectives can dramatically enhance your determination to stay on track - and to get back on track after a 'slip' or breakdown - and thus improve the likelihood that you'll reach your goal. So as the "coach" I'm going to STRONGLY ENCOURAGE everyone to be open and up front with each other inside this group about the journey from "Old Me" to "New Me". Besides, this will make it easier for us to give and get the assistance and support we have to share with each other.
Which reminds me; before you get any smaller be sure you've taken a photo or two of "Old Me" for comparison later on. After your "New Me" has been around for a while, without photographic evidence you'll have a hard time convincing anyone that you ever were that "Old Me".
Sharing photos is strictly optional in here, but those "before" pictures will be very important when you get to the "keeping-it-off" phase of the program.
So that said; let me turn your earlier comment around and say that I look forward to seeing what's left of you at the Meet & Greet next summer!
Alright I'll give it a whirl....but first let me clarify, I'm Angela (Janice might not be too happy at being mistaken for me at this point in the process)
1. I began my plan on January 18th with a goal of loosing 34 lbs. by May 10th and an additional 16 lbs. by July 1, 2011. My actual weight is registered but I'm stating my goals here.
2. My action plan includes joining Weight Watchers at Work for a 17 week program that began January 18th. I already had a regular routine of hitting the treadmill and alternating that with an Active 2 workout on the PS3 but I also started, January 22nd, going to Zumba classes twice a week.
Note: a long time ago in a land far far away I was a serious athlete so I'm pushing myself to regain some of my old identity in this area.
3. The greatest obstacles I foresee are my husband and other well meaning folks that offer temptations since they aren't on the same path toward healthier living that I'm on, family events that historically involve a lot of cooking and hosting on my part, and time management as I try to balance family, work, school, church etc... with the time I need for me. I've previously had a very hard time putting myself on the list of priorities.
4. I'm planning to overcome "breakdowns" by attending the weekly WW meetings for additional support and personal accountability and I'm using my workouts to alleviate stress and also to reward myself with some much needed "me" time.
I have some "Old Me" pictures that were strong catalysts in my desire to change and they are posted at home. I'll happily share them at the Meet & Greet with some "New Me" photo's. The July 1 date is not the end of my journey but it provides an excellent milestone along the way.
Thanks for sharing your plan Angela. I'm sure others here will see similarities to their own situations, particularly in the "obstacles" that you mentioned. This is an area where I hope to see a good deal of experience-sharing among the participants in this discussion, because it's HERE that a lot of breakdowns occur.
I must say that your "New Me" plan looks good. It covers all the bases, and provides a good example for the group. Check in every now and then and keep us 'up' on how you're doing.
Note: As participation expands we'll look into scheduling "chat" sessions exclusively for this group. In the meantime the "New Me" chat box is available all the time.
Okay, Here's the concept (reprised from the earlier discussion).
What I hope we can do here is to help each other to consistently do the things we know we should do to succeed in getting to the healthier, slimmer, more 'fit' physical condition we need to achieve. So how are we gonna do that?
An old teacher I know used to say: ”What’s important is knowing what’s important.” Most of us already “know”, and have “known” for years, what we need to do to get to a healthy weight (etc.) “EAT RIGHT, EAT LESS & EXERCISE MORE” is the simple answer. Our world – and even this Re-Spark discussion – is overflowing with “how to” information on this subject, and yet, despite all this "knowledge" and information, too many of us are still over-weight and out of shape.
What’s more important than “knowing” is consistently “doing” what we know we should to do to reach - AND STAY AT – that optimal state of weight and fitness we each need to get to.
There is a simple, 5-step formula we can call our “My New Me” Plan for doing this. I'm suggesting that we follow this as our "user's guide" in our efforts to help each other. If you’re truly up for this, then make a copy of the guide and begin working up your “New Me” plan right away in anticipation of discussions to follow.
You should clearly understand that “SIMPLE” in this conversation, doesn’t mean “EASY”. For most of us, success here will require us to permanently abandon some long-standing "comfort zones". This is never “easy” - in fact it's likely to be one of the most challenging aspects of this project. But keeping in mind “What’s Important” (good health, vitality, longevity, ‘looking-good’, attracting that new “squeeze” and most important, self esteem), it’s got to be worth a good try.
With all of us helping, coaching and supporting each other, we have the potential to succeed beyond all of our expectations. So let’s put our heads, our hearts and our determination together and DO THIS!
What a challenge, dang Angela! I must say - I'm NOT that disciplined -never liked keeping a journal and tracking every morsel of food - that's why Spark People didn't work for me. I say BRAVO to you for being so structured!
I have already gotten back to what has worked for me in the past now that I have you all to motivate me into sticking with it. My goal is more about developing a healthy lifestyle because heart disease and circulatory problems run in my family. I could stand to shed about 25 pounds in the process!
1. I walk at work for a minimum of 20 minutes each day
2. I get on the 'twister' exercise disc for 5 minutes per day. I also I dance to Chubby Checker's Twist each day!
3. I'm signed up for a 5 week class in March that teaches simple excercises for sedentary people
4. I WILL get back on my Abs Circle Pro at least 3 times per week
5. I WILL get back to using my Wii Fit program
6. I'm considering taking some type of DANCE class. Often when we're Skyping and partying online, I have muted my speaker so I can get up and dance to the music (OK, and sing, too!)
7. I still enjoy my favorite foods - in moderation. I always have included lots of fresh fruits & veggies. However, I have stopped buying sugary, salty & fatty snacks. THAT'S MY DOWNFALL! (Dole juice bars are great alternatives to ice cream! - we should dedicate a session to alternate snack foods)
I prefer a more creative approach to sneaking in exercise so it doesn't feel forced or boring.
I just want to be my HEALTHY best! To July 1st and beyond...!
A few "Coachng" comments for you Lynetta (and EVERYONE:)
You show a list of healthful steps and activities that could be elements of a good Action Plan, but your "New Me" program needs a more clearly defined goal.
The GOAL is the the key focal point of your program. It's the measurable RESULT that you're COMMITING yourself to achieving. It's what you're telling yourself that the "New You" is DEFINITELY going to look like by your target date. It's the end-point that all the other steps in your "New Me" program are designed to accomplish.
Saying "I could stand to shed about 25 pounds..." is too vague. There is no INTENTION in that comment. It's not a statement that commits you to anything. So give this point some thought, and revise your plan to include an "I AM GOING TO..." statement that clearly defines and states the GOAL you seriously intend to achieve here. That goal declaration should give you a vivid mental picture of what the 'New You' will look like when she emerges.
Good morning Dr. Ken. It's no secret that I have a family history of heart disease, circulatory problems and breast cancer, thus MY goal is to make heart healthier eating & exercise choices. I've gained a few pounds and think myself heavy (it's a girl thang), but not in the obese category or at any health risk. People who knew me back in the day actually think it looks good on me - yeah I was SKINNY at only 125 pounds until I hit my 40's!
Measurable for me is lowering my cholesterol (LDL) thus preventing coronary heart disease. The NEW ME would have a healthy heart. I can set a weight loss goal, but that's not my main focus, dear.
I'm confident that my commitment to healthy eating and exercise will surely equal a weight loss bonus whether or not that was part of my original goal.
Our forum is about healthy eating, weight loss & maintenance, and lifestyle changes for long range success. I encourage members to start where they are comfortable then aim for higher goals.When we started this initially we asked members to cut down or give up 'diet killer' habits each week.
Diets don't work because it still involves eating food. I would encourage people to start with making small changes in eating habits. Some just want to learn how to make better choices. Others want to lose weight. Those who are up to setting more aggressive goals should go for it! I really want to see everyone comfortable in participating in ways that are comfortable.