Ok folks I have a serious case of the Afters. It is quite debilitating and has kept me from making the moves to get healthy lately. What are the Afters you may ask? Allow me to demonstrate...
I'll workout AFTER I get back from vacation.
I'll start tracking my food AFTER my birthday.
I'll get back on track with healthy eating AFTER the state fair.
I'll commit to a 5k AFTER the school year kicks off.
After, After, After.
After is not so much an excuse but a stall tactic, a procrastination tool. The fact of the matter is that I am feeling fat and my clothes are ill fitting. Vacation Bible School, a funeral, vacation, travel, work, all of those things combined in the last two months and frankly I ducked my head and tried to ride it all out. And in that process the things that help me feel better - eating well, drinking water, working out - fell by the wayside. I don't mean that as an excuse, it was reality for a while.
But we are back to normal, or at least as calm and normal as life ever is. And I am dragging my feet. I KNOW it will make me feel better than I do now - sluggish and run down. I know I am healthier for it, but I keep going to the Afters. But you know what, there is always another After available to you. After the birthday and the state fair then we aren't too far from Halloween (candy is already out in stores - a rant for another day), and then Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's day, winter hibernation...
There is ALWAYS an after you can use. But it doesn't make it any less avoiding the situation. I have an bad case of the afters, but I don't want to have it anymore.
The ACTION PLAN:
This weekend is my birthday as well as the State Fair. I'll be walking lots at the State Fair so that is a plus, but I know it will be full of pot holes for me. So here is my three point action plan.
Point 1: Write down everything I eat this weekend - birthday cake, State Fair food, everything.
Point 2: Drink at least 100oz of water each day this weekend.
Point 3: Go to the gym/run outside at least once this weekend.
These may seem like small things, but necessary for me to start SOMETHING and not let the Afters win over my thinking this weekend. Will you help hold me accountable?