(Open Journal Notes) - A Closet Full Of Clothes....BUT...
Hey Y'all!If you didn't see my email yesterday, it discussed the reason I've decided to 'open' my journal and share more with you. Since yesterday when I sent the email, I've received TONS of replies of how it helped so at this point, it's ALL SYSTEMS GO!So here goes...It was June and I blinked and it's now July. It seems the older I get (I'm 45), the faster time seems to fly by. Sounds cliche but it's so true...Sometimes it makes me think that I've not accomplished enough at this point in my life. It could be my mind playing tricks on me but it could also be true.Often times, we tend to compare ourselves to others but you know what? WHAT MAKES THEM THE MARK OF APPROVAL IN THE FIRST PLACE!I digress...I've come to the conclusion that it's totally normal to have these feelings sometimes. Anywho, today I took my boys (Dylan is 11, Collin is 8) to the library for 'reading time' and to select new books for the next two weeks. I try to take them every few weeks, so as to build a love for reading. Reading is actually something I really enjoy. I use to read lots of fiction novels when I was younger but as I've gotten older (and become an entrepreneur), I find it unfulfilling to read about a modern day 'Harlequin Romance' when I could be spending my precious time gaining insight into my field or how to improve myself in certain areas of my life. I've come to a place where I truly enjoy reading self-improvement stuff and taking courses online and what not. I'm trying to be my BEST SELF in THIS LIFE. When I get to Heaven, I want God to say 'Job well done, my child'...#REALGOALSI'm rambling but that's what a journey is, right?What I wanted to journal about today is my weight. It's something I've struggled with for a long time. I mean, I'm not in any 'danger zone' as far as 'clinical obesity' is concerned. The thing though is... I'm not where I want to be and I don't like the way I look in my clothes. Ever since I become a full-time entrepreneur, I've basically just do whatever I want in regards to eating and exercise.In all fairness to myself, I have a few months here and there where I go HARD on my diet and exercise and it shows but for some silly reason, it doesn't last for the long haul. A few weeks ago, I noticed that I have more clothes (niiiiice stufff) in my closet that I simply can't fit. I'm not just talking about my fav 'skinny jeans' either'. We all have a pair, right?? lol!I've been asking myself: What is the REAL issue. I dominate every other area of my life, WHY do I keep this weight thing on a yo-yo?The jury is out....I've come up with 2 culprits so far:1. I don't eat beef or pork (gave it up over 20 years ago). Because of this, my food selection is much smaller than most and I find that I eat the same things over and over and TOO MUCH of it.Pasta, bread, pasta, bread, pasta, bread....oh, and chicken. Tee hee! (and more pasta and bread)!! Yikes! I know and you know that those carbs turn to sugar and the older you get the harder it gets to burn it off. Did I say I'm 45 years old already?? 2. I feel like I work hard so when I want to eat I lean on the 'treat yo self' mantra and I shouldn't because it has gotten me to where there is only a small section of stuff in my closet that I can wear without looking like a bubbling over chicken pot pie. #NoBueno...So, thinking back to the last time I felt decent about my health/weight was last year when I did a 30/30 challenge. It was basically a commitment I made to exercise 30 minutes each day for 30 days straight (NO SKIPPING DAYS). It was awesome because it kept me accountable to you (the Natural Girls Rock community) simply based on the fact that I publically announced I was going to do it. I also had a water intake element in there too. I even created a chart for it. As I remember back, it wasn't that I lost a ton of weight BUT, getting my body moving consistently had me feeling great and looking more toned and fit overall. Also, knowing that commitment I made, had me not WANTING to overeat...it made a complete mindset shift. AJ (my husband) was proud of me too! That's always a winner! :)I think I'm going to do it again!!! Wanna join me? You can download the form for free HERE.Don't let the 'order form' freak you out. I have the form on my consulting website (I'm a certified life & business coach). The way my account
is set up (in my best Kevin Hart voice), you have to enter your info to get the download...even though I've set the price to $0.00 for you. :)When I did this last year, I found that people reported better results when they found an accountability buddy. If I don't get a chance to open my journal for you tomorrow, enjoy the 4th and time with your family. P.S. If this was 'right on time' for you. Feel free to reply and let me know. :)Until next time, besties...Coach Kelly J
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