I watched Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition last night. Didn't even know the show existed. The guy on the show started at 651 pounds, and finished a year later at under 350. Holy crap. I wish I had the motivation and determination to lose 80 pounds in a year, and he lost over 300! He had intense 2-hour workouts every morning and evening. I haven't worked out in over a week. Then, by way of a new blog I found, Health Not to Health Nut I read about this girl named Tricia (link: Endurance Isn't Only Physical). She was almost 300 pounds, and lost 128 pounds in about a year. Her goal was to spend 21 days strictly adhering to her goals. If after 21 days, she didn't like it, then she could stop. It's been long known that it takes 21 continuous days to create a new habit. I know it works, because I went 21 days without soda, and didn't have another one for 6 months. (I'm upset that I have backslid on the soda.)
So that's what I'm going to do. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday June 22, I will spend the next 21 days sticking to the following goals:
> Workout at the Rec Center 3 days a week - walking at least one mile around the track or at least 30 minutes in the gym
> Eliminate all soda and refined sugar (agave nectar is ok, but in small amts)
> Eat low-carb, and when I do eat bread or pasta, it will be gluten free.
> Participate in 'Fat Ass Fridays' on Brandy's blog You Don't Know
Like Tricia, if after 21 days it isn't working for me, I'll change it up. If it does work, then I'll start another 21-day cycle with new goals.