Thursday, November 11, 2010

Where Will You Be?

Where will you be on January first? Have you thought about it yet?

I know a wide variety of people read my blog: some who are dreaming of losing weight but haven't started yet, some who have just begun the process, many in the middle of it, and some who are close to or at their goal weight. There are folks who are feeling awesome and those who feel hopeless and depressed. Some have no idea how to start their journey while others are in the groove, day after day. But all of us, hopefully, will BE on January first. But where? And I don't mean what city.

We will all be *someplace* on our journey: fatter, thinner, sicker, healthier, the same. The time will pass... 50 days, to be exact, which is about 7 weeks. What will you do with those 50 days? Think about it. It is in your power.

Will you while away the time being complacent? Accomplish something important to you? Will you go on eating everything you *feel* like eating without regard to your health, adding inches to your waistline and pounds to your already burdened body? Will you work on improving your health or fitness or weight in some way? Well, it is a big commitment. Working hard for 50 days to eat right is a lot to ask. So instead, how many days can you spare out of that 50 to make your life better?

Can you spare 40? How about 25? 10? Let's make a plan! Write it out!
I will eat healthy foods and work to lose weight on ___ days out of 50.
I will eat junk and gain weight on the remaining ____ days out of 50.
I am worth a ___ percent effort. (Take the first number and divide it by 50 to get your percent).

Well, looking at it that way kind of ruins that plan to eat crap all through Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years, doesn't it? It's hard to admit you think you're only worth a 20% or 50% effort, but when we make those choices, that's what we're saying.

Aren't you worth 90%? Or 100%?

I mean, no one's perfect, but giving it our best effort *does* get the best results.

We each have the same 50 days til 2011. I am not a fortune teller. Maybe I will weigh 175 or more on that day. But I would wager not. I am working hard to reach my goals. Unless I flip out and binge, I should weigh 160 or less by then. How about you?

What would you *like* to weigh on January first?

Work towards that. Starting now. Don't spend seven weeks waiting for the Magic New Year to resolve to take care of you. Because if you do that, you may as well tack 10 or 15, maybe 20 pounds onto whatever you weigh right now instead of subtracting 10 or 15. Think about it.

If I work hard at losing weight, I might weigh _____ on January first. (Subtract 10 or 15 pounds from your current weight).
If I wait, and indulge instead, I might weigh ____ on January first. (Add 10 or 15 pounds to your current weight).

Seriously. Write it on a piece of paper. Think it over.

And then decide.


Rosie's Weight Loss Blog said...

This is an awesome way to think about the next 50 days! We should always do our new years resolutions before the new year!

Girly Girl: Losing the Gut said...

This was a GREAT post. I had a slip-up once this week in an otherwise successful 6 weeks of losing weight. I ate more than I should and made poor choices. Today I got back on track went to the gym, made an exercise plan, packed my healthy lunch and got back on my feet in the right direction.

on January 1st, 2011 I hope to be 50 pounds lighter than I was on October 2nd, 2010 and a little over 100 pounds from my goal weight in January 2012.

Susan said...

Great post! It all counts, every bite, every decision, every meal. I think doing the numbers, and deciding how much you want something, how much effort you are willing to make, and how much effort you think you're worth is very valuable, both in helping you commit (and stay committed) to goals, and also to show you what your present mindset is. I'll be reading this post repeatedly over the next 50 days. Thanks for this!

Julie Lost and Found said...

thought provoking. thanks!!

Ice Queen said...

My decision was made months ago. I know exactly where I want to be on January first. :D

Great post.

Anonymous said...

thank again, for the up lifting message.....Linda from Pa

Cynthia said...

I know exactly where I want to be on January 1st, 2011. I'd like to be close to or even under 225 pounds.

The plan is to keep on losing for the next 5 weeks. At that point, after 13 weeks of effort, I am planning for a maintenance period of two weeks to give my body some rest and recovery. It will include Christmas. I'll get little rewards for maintaining and keeping up my exercise habit.

As for Thanksgiving, it's ONE day! It need not be a four day holiday feed fest and I won't treat it like that.

After that... it's on to the next 12 weeks of effort.

Desert Singer said...

I LOVE this! Start today... always a good thing.

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." ~ Karen Lamb

Thank You :-)

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Hard to believe that there's only 50 days left in the year - eek!

For me, this means I can be at a "normal" weight by Jan 1 (I can count on one hand the # of times I've been THERE) on Jan 1), or I can stay overweight - not an option.

To be in the home stretch of losing the last 15-20 pounds on New Years Eve would feel amazing.

I've made the same resolution on New Years Eve, year after year, to finally lose the weight and keep it off.

I'm fine with resolving to keep it off - that's a DAILY resolution - but I can't wait to resolve something ELSE besides losing weight!

Marion from Oz said...

Great post. You're an articulate writer and often hit the nail on the head for me!

pinkvision said...

Just what I needed to read today. :) Thanks Lyn! A 50 day plan...and even if it is only a 50% effort, that is still 50% more effort than previously.
And if I can do a 50% effort, then why not a 60%, or a 70% or even a 90%?

laine said...

I love this. I don't have a weight goal for Jan 1 since I don't have a scale, but I'll say that I plan to be out walking on January 1 - even if it's in my snow shoes! (Especially if it's in my snow shoes!)

50 days to walk in the morning. 50 days to lift my weights. 7 weekends to pick a day to go on a hike. 50 days to pack my lunch. 50 days to practice mindful eating.

CJ said...

This is the best motivational post you have written Lyn! Thanks for posting it. I have already decided how much I would like to weigh on Jan 1st. But this post brought in a little bit more seriousness in the thought :)

Lanky said...

ooooooh! I'm so psyched! Perfect little jolt that I need for today, thanks so much, Lyn!

Jenna said...

Great thoughts and I want to g=now give some thought to where I will be!
I have an index card and will write it down and tape it to my fridge.

Andra said...

My last chance victory is Win-Win! I'm going to be fitter and stronger come the new year. Lots of trail walking, running sprints and weight training will allow me to do this while still being able to indulge in all the "Joy of the Season."

Deb said...

Good grief girl! You need to write a book. You are so introspective and thought provoking. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

Grrrrrreat post! Absolutely food for thought! Lol I think this is a great way to look at it. I have been on the diet roller coater for over two decades. I am sooooo tired of it and want to get off. I have lost gained and gained and lost more times than I can count. This is the first time I have evere viewed these type of sites. Just never thought about it before. They have been so helpful to me, I am so glad I. Have found them. Its just encouraging to know your not alone with this battle. :-)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the challenge. You gave me a new way to think about the choices I make. I want to give more than 20 or 30% which is what I've been doing lately. I'm worth more than that. If I could even lose 5 lbs instead of gaining the usual 10 over the next two months, I'll be happy. Here's to a happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear today! Life has been really stressful for me lately (just got news I need brain surgery to remove a tumor, my husband just had surgery for a recurrence of cancer and starts treatment soon, my mother came out of a rehab center in a wheelchair after a bad fall...) I'm also in the middle of early menopause, and have a little boy to care for. I've gained 7 pounds Oct. 1! So, today I recommit. The best Christmas gift I can give myself is the gift of weight loss (I really want to drop some weight before my surgery.)

Thanks, Lyn, for being such an inpiration and for being the voice of my conscience sometimes!

Hugs, Maria

Tina said...

Lyn you are awesome. I was thinking about this just yesterday. I'm striving to make this New Years Eve a positive look to the year ahead and NOT one full of regret.

beerab said...

The plan is to get back to onederland AND stay there. I refuse to gain weight- the past two years I have started my new years slimmer than the year before- I plan to stick to that trend!

X said...

Lyn-- Thanks for this post. You make a great point. I was feeling conflicted after my weigh-in this morning: down 23 pounds, about halfway to my goal. On one hand, I am still making progress. On the other, it has taken me 10 months to lose 23 pounds. But, I HAVE lost it. It is NOT coming back. I could have GAINED 23 (or more) pounds over that time had I not been committed. I'm going to STAY committed throughout the next 50 days and hopefully get another few (or more!) off. Again, you are an inspiration. Thanks!

David Crowell said...

From October 2007 to March 2009 I went from 296lbs to 200lbs. I've since went up to 220lbs.

I'm back down to 215lbs. By January 1, I intend to be permanently below 200lbs.

My goal weight is 175lb.

Anonymous said...

You are one smart lady and so inspiring too!
clay from Victoria BC

Anonymous said...

Oh, gosh, that's not how I want to spend the holiday season. I make a few commitments: exercise every day, eat some cooked vegetables, keep the protein high. I'm not going to eat junk just because it's in front of me, I hope, but now is not the time to turn down the homemade fruitcake, and I'm not even Christian. I wish there were more parties in Jan/Feb and fewer in December, but it's not up to me.

Anonymous said...

PS- I know it's not my blog and everything, but I do think it's dangerous to be a perfectionist ever but especially during the holidays. I'm going to be around a lot of food that I don't see otherwise. what are the tricks that you use to limit it? sometimes the food is mediocre and you don't want to offend; sometimes it's the best flourless chocolate cake and you want 3 pieces.

Lyn said...


no perfectionism here! That's why I said, "no one's perfect, but giving it our best effort *does* get the best results." Just do your best :)

I don't think there's really a trick to staying on plan. If there is a party one day or two days in December where you want to indulge, then just be on plan the other 48 days. I, too, am around a lot of food during the holidays (I do bake a lot) but my plan is to either:

a) smell it and enjoy the smells, and tell myself those cookies will be there next year when I am at GOAL and can afford to have one or two, or

b) Just have one. IF and only IF there is not a risk of overdoing it, which there can be for me.

I think if you are around people who love you/care about you, just let them know: "I am losing weight for my health, so I won't be able to eat everything you make. Please don't be upset. It's not that I don't like the food... it's that I NEED to get this weight off." If they love you they should not be offended at this. If they are, that's their issue, IMO.

Anyone else have tips?

Spaghetti Cat said...

This is exactly what I needed to read today.. Thanks Lyn

Mandy said...


I exercised because of this post today. Thank you.

Debbie in Texas said...

Incredibly inspiring & introspective way to look at how to attain a goal.

This post is the best so far since I've become a fan!


Life as a Caterpillar said...

Oh this is a REALLY great post! What a great way to look at things!

Weight loss is NO FAIRY TALE said...

I've been blog surfing and found your blog. "Where I will be?" is just what I needed to read today, especially realizing that there's only 50ish days left! Wow!


MaryBe said...

Lyn this was one of your best, most thought provoking posts yet. Thanks so much for the inspiration

Gigi said...

You've inspired me to step it up a notch. I'm going for it! Thankyou

screwdestiny said...

I say this all the time, but that was a wonderful, wonderful post. No one is worth less than 100%. I hope you helped everyone to realize that.