There's a lot to be said for beginning with the end in mind in any goal we set. For example, years ago I set the goal to run a marathon. The day I set the goal, I had just three months to go from being a relatively flat-land 5k/10k runner to running 26.2 miles in the Rocky Mountains. I found the perfect training schedule and went for it. Along the way, I thought a lot about what it would be like to complete the race. Envisioning the accomplishment gave me a lot of drive and made the tougher running days more doable.
I've tried to do that same thing with eating healthier and especially losing weight - envisioning what I will look like/feel like at the finish line of losing all the extra weight. And while there is some benefit to such an exercise, I find if I focus too much on achieving that ultimate goal of losing all the extra weight, I tend to become incredibly impatient, anxious, and overwhelmed. And pretty soon I feel like giving up because it all seems so impossible, and next thing you know, I have a slip-up in my eating and another and another until I am no longer even trying.
So, here is what I've decided: If I am going to eat healthy on a long-term basis and lose that extra weight, I must take it one day at a time. Instead of focusing on how I will look/feel months from now as a driving force for my actions today, I am going to focus on where I want to be at the end of today. That is a manageable chunk of time.
So at the end of today, I want to feel good about how I've eaten and good because I have eaten well - less bloated, less fatigued and more energetic. If I navigate day by day, focusing on today rather than anticipating all the days to come, the days will add up, and I will have success.
So this morning, I begin with the end of today in mind. I hope you'll join me. Stay tuned. I'll report back tonight.