It has been a really good week here. I made more progress toward my weight loss goal (woo and hoo!) and started a secret weight loss support group with some girlfriends. We call it Fit Club (the first rule of Fit Club is that you don’t talk about Fit Club. Well, you can talk about Fit Club, but you probably shouldn’t do it while eating. You can, however, swear all you want). We are not all doing Weight Watchers, but we do all have weight loss and/or health goals to work toward together. Along with this blog, I think that will help me build a strong support system. I am notoriously bad about asking others for support, so I think it will be a good experience for me to celebrate progress with some friends (funny friends who like to swear and make me laugh!) and learn that I don’t have to do it completely alone.
After joking about the inspecific nature of my goals yesterday, in a moment of synchronicity, I stumbled across a great article about Dr. BJ Fogg’s tiny habits method.The idea is to start small (super small) and tie the change you want to make to a small anchoring behavior in which you already engage. So, for example, if you want to build upper body strength, you don’t start by doing 50 pushups, you start by doing one push up after every trip to the bathroom, do it for 5 days, make that one pushup a habit, then ostensibly build from there. Dr. Fogg even has a website where you can sign up for free support in testing out his method for a week.
I think I will try it using one of my goals for the week as a test. Here are they are:
Goal 1: Drink at least one cup of hibiscus flower tea (good for blood pressure) every day this week. My tiny habit will be to make a cup every morning after I let the dogs outside.
Goal 2: Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. My tiny habit will be to put a baby carrot on my plate every time I fix a plate of anything.
Goal 3: Take a vitamin every day. My tiny habit will be to take it after I brush my teeth.
Wish me luck (or better yet, pick three tiny habits of your own and join me)!
And here is my progress as of week 2’s weigh in:
Goal: 16 lbs by June 21st
Progress: 4.6 lbs
Remaining: 11.4 lbs
P.s. I won’t be cheating on my weigh ins anymore. I have decided it’s bad mojo. I weighed less when I did my pre-weigh in yesterday, so I’m a little disappointed, but still happy the scale went down.