Setting Myself Up For Success

A phrase that I hear at work a lot is, "Setting the team (or yourself) up for success."  When we know that there are a lot of guests arriving in the evening the AM Staff will do their best to set the PM Staff set up for success.  When a Sales Manager contracts a group for my property she will make sure that I'm given all the information she has so that I'm set up for success.  When I have a group coming into the hotel I need to make sure I give my hotel staff all the possible information so that they are set up for success.  I make sure that my desk is organized and my files are in order so that I can be successful with anything thrown at me.  What about at home?  Am I setting myself up for success at home?

I had a bit of a light bulb moment while making myself dinner Monday night.  I am not setting myself up for success when it comes to my weight loss and financials.  I'm just hoping that it happens one day with out me doing any of the work.  That's sooooo not going to happen and I know that!  By letting myself buy those cookies at 7-Eleven I'm not helping my waistline or my wallet. I'm just hurting myself, twice over, and allowing myself to fail.

Well, you know what? I'm done with that!

When I left Los Angeles and arrived on the East Coast I was 130 pounds.  After being here for a few months or so I went on a medication for my depression (maybe I'll get into that one day).  A side effect of the medicine was weight gain. Boy did I gain weight!  Not only am I on that medication, but I also take birth control.  I know that these two medications can cause weight gain, but not 30 pounds over 2 years and 4 months.  I need to take some of that responsibility.  Yes, if you did the math correctly ~ 160 pounds***. I can't believe I just put that number on the internet! Somewhere my mother is cringing!  Although, she does tell me that I look beautiful and have a cute figure and that she doesn't understand why I'm not happy with my body.  Thanks momma!  Now, I realize that I'm not "huge" or obese, but for me, this is the heaviest I've ever been and I'm not pleased.  These are my personal opinions and I'm allowed to have them.
***Disclaimer - I weighed 160 lbs on 11/17/13.  I did manage to lose 4.6 before writing this, but I haven't weighed since before Thanksgiving

~ (left) Last year in Old Town Alexandria for the Fashion Night Out. The shirt in this picture isn't very flattering, so that doesn't help!
(right) Billy's Restaurant for my birthday dinner in Roanoke this year. ~  

I've talked about my weight on here before.  I'm a great "talker."  I can talk about how I'm going to go to the gym in the mornings before work.  I can talk about how I'm going to back off of diet coke and write down everything I eat.  Most of the time, however, I don't.  It's time I stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.  I can easily say this, again, and not do it.  I'm tired of this being something that is so constantly on my mind.  If I would just get my ass up and DO IT, then the stuff on my mind would be more positive.  I'm someone who needs to SEE change.  Unless I see that number on the scale go down or the pants fitting more loosely, I get discouraged.  But I won't see any of that stuff unless I do something!  

I don't want to be one of those bloggers that talks and complains and does nothing about it.  It's time I actually start DOING SOMETHING & SETTING MYSELF UP FOR SUCCESS.  I need to pack my lunch the night before, so I'm not w/o a lunch and therefore tempted to go to Whole Foods for that yummy slice of pizza or those cookies at 7-Eleven.
Lunch for today, packed last night!
salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, almond slices) 
1/2 cup of soup (not the whole can)
medium orange | 1/2 gala apple | 1/4 cup cashews | 16 carrots

I even prepped Breakfast!
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1 banana
vitamins w/ 4oz OJ

I need to drink way more water than I do and much less diet coke.  Since I'm posting this on a Wednesday, I'm going to report back every Wednesday.  I'm going to keep myself in check and hope that you will support me along the way.  If anyone else is going through the same thing out there, then let's do this together!

As of today my current weight is ~ 157 pounds
1. Weigh-In every Wednesday
2. 1200 Calorie Limit per Day
3. Tracking Schedule is Wednesday - Tuesday - I will let you know my calorie count for each day.
4. Exercise at least 4 days a week - I will let you know what exercises/machines that I did and approximately how many calories I burned.


~ The Future Me ~

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