Too many people in my life openly declare "I'm going to start losing weight next week".
And they put it off because they want more time to research or things got weird at work or they got that flu bug that's going around or they want to make their vision board for inspiration first.
That "next week" never comes.
I'm not knocking illness or work stress or even vision boards. Research is important.
But if you keep promising to start later, that starting will just not happen.
Take the goal and look at all of the little bits n' chores that it takes to achieve that goal. Do a bit today. If it's an ongoing bit/ a new habit to pick up, set your alarm to remind you to do that bit.
If you have declared "I need my Summer body so it's time to exercise and start eating better", consider NOT leaping right into marathon running and consuming nothing but smoothies (This is just an example; not a discussion on the proper ways of exercise and eating. Talk to a nutritionist about what is best for you) Instead, start with a bit such as your water consumption. Up that intake. Make a better choice at lunch. Mark that progress. Keep track of it. Did you have a bad day and decide to eat your feelings? Okay, cool. Drink another glass of water and try again tomorrow.
Consider NOT filling up your vision board with photos of shit you don't have: That body, that dream house, that carefree walk across a city street with shopping bags on one arm and holding the dog's leash in another. Take visuals that put you at peace - real spaces that are attainable, real items that will truly benefit you, the foods you SHOULD be eating, the symbols that mean the most to you, the activities you SHOULD be doing, the hobbies that make you wonderfully you.
On another social media platform, I saw a post from a friend - "I'm making another vision board for my goals! I love making these!" - in between posts of "Why have I not reached my goals?" and "I've made so many bad choices" and other phrases of regret splashed across the screen in capslock.
They are spending so much time making those boards...creating a personalized salute to good intentions, spending money on more glitter to make all of your dreams look super cute...but no time on the tasks at hand.
I'm like that. I'm trying to not be like that.
Taking my goals in bite-sized chunks has helped quite a bit. Knowing how much I hate listening to people talk at the dinner table about sodium and diabetes medication and my 500 pound shut-in uncle - in this weird way - has helped ... mostly because I don't want to be like the rest of the family: just bitching and moaning without action AND so it's one less thing I have in common with those keeping that horrible shit cycle alive. That's not the most positive motivation, but it's a motivation I can use. I learned to say "No, thank you" to choices rather than that awkward conversation starter phrase "Oh, I'm not allowed to/I can't have that". It's a hell of a lot more empowering to say "I choose another option" rather than "I caaaaaaaaan't haaaaave thaaaaat".
I downloaded Habitica to mix my love of gaming and urge to start up new habits. (So far, lots of fun but the app & website are a little buggy and sometimes hard to navigate)
This app has helped me hit all of my water intake goals, my stretches and push-ups, AND even got me doing regular household chores consistently!
And it's hard. It's this struggle between my own brain (OMG I want to put all of those cookies in my mouth) and social media (self pity shit posting to selfies taken at parties I'm not invited to into "I'm not happy with my situation, so fuck all of you doing better than I" and "I don't know why you all thin this is so hard! I did it and so can you! Don't be lazy/stupid/lame")
I had a very difficult week when I got back from Disneyland. You're not supposed to follow up a wonderful vacation with bullshit. But I didn't back down from my goals. I wasn't going to let bullshit screw my journey. Bullshit can take my sleep and my appetite, but I will not give bullshit the honor of taking away my progress.
And it's not easy. My goals are not easy and I'm not looking for easy ways to reach my goals.
This was a weirdly worded post about actually STARTING on something, the struggle to keep it going, and my losing 8 pounds in the last 2 weeks.