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The first step to releasing this excess lard from my body is to make the firm decision to do so.  Done.

The second step is to have a plan.  Here it is.

1)  Eat 5 small meals each day at regular times.  No snacking in between.

2)  Drink AT LEAST half a gallon of water every day.

3) Focus on quality protein: I will use organic, minimally processed foods including meat, cheese, nuts, nut butters, and eggs.

4) Include quality carbohydrates with each meal: fresh vegetables!, fresh fruit.  Some whole grains, but more fresh vegetables.

5) The issue of bread and grains.  This one is going to be a slower process.  I’ve learned in the past that giving up all bread and grains cold turkey is painful.  Painful in that I get terrible withdrawal headaches.  Kind of like a simple carb hangover.  My body just can’t handle the quick change.  So for now I will allow myself a small amount of whole grain bread and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat pasta.  White bread and white rice are out.  For losing weight I do best with almost no grains.  As long as I make sure to eat plenty of vegetables for carbs this is safe.

6) Use quality fats when necessary: coconut oil for cooking/baking, olive oil for salads, and butter.  That’s real butter, no fake chemically margarine.

7) Avoid processed foods!  That includes pretty much anything that comes out of a box, can, or bag.  I will allow myself canned tuna, tomatoes, coconut milk, boxed broths and whole grains and beans.

8) Avoid soda and diet soda, alcohol except for the occasional glass of wine, and caffeinated drinks.  This is easy for me since I’m pretty much already there.

9) Do 20 minutes of intense interval training 1-2 times a week.  I would say 2-3 times, but I’m being realistic for me.  I will include 5 minutes of warm up and cool down.  This interval training goes like this: Use any activity you normally would use for cardio like running, biking, jumping rope, swimming, etc.  Alternate each minute doing high intensity, then slow paced exercise.  Alternate for 10 cycles of intense then slow.  I believe this to be the best form of exercise to burn fat.  I will also include 2 days a week of resistance exercise for all body parts.

10) Besides the organized exercise I will try to do some form of physical activity every day.  This will include going for a walk, jumping on the trampoline, dancing or running around with my 2 active boys.

I think this is enough rules.  Ten is a great number to stop at.  The other step I’m going to work on is using Theta Healing to clear the negative beliefs held in my subconscious that are preventing me from meeting my goals.  More on this later.

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Happy New Year!  I hope that you are as thrilled as I am with the prospect of a joyful and exciting new year.  I am looking forward to traveling to Texas with my family, learning how to ballroom dance with my husband, and meeting some New Year Resolutions.  Yes I have the same generic resolution as pretty much everyone else I know.  I want to lose a few pounds and be more healthy this year.

I have had this resolution every year for the past 5 or 6 years now.  I’ve had some success, but since I had my first child in 2007, I seem to have difficulty keeping the weight off once I lose it.  I could come up with oh so many excuses as to why I can’t seem to keep the weight off, but I’m done blaming my situation on other things and am ready to take responsibility for my life as it is.  I feel very empowered as I write that.  I am taking responsibility for my life as it is.

So why is this year going to be any different?  I believe I have found the answer, or the beginning to the answer to solve all of my problems.  It’s not a one stop solution but more of a journey.  I have been dabbling in various energy methods for retraining the subconscious mind.  I know, kind of crazy huh. Or as my brother would call it, “Voo-Doo.”  You have to understand that he is a conservative Mid Westerner.

Anyway I now believe that the ticket to having the life I want is to reprogram my subconscious mind.  First order of business is to clear out the negative baggage I’m carrying around.  That includes the “You have to work hard to make a living,” and the “You’ll gain an extra 5 pounds for every baby you have.”  I’m not liking the results I’ve gotten with this programming.

There are many methods out there for clearing the negative beliefs that run your day to day life.  I’ve personally looked into E.F.T., Theta healing, The Emotion Code, and The Healing Code.  I also believe that acupuncture and acupressure affect the subconscious mind by clearing the blocks in our energy.

So this year I’m going to go full force in my exploration of the strategies for reprogramming the subconscious.  I will be working on similar goals as I have in the past but with the help of these programs.  I will be starting with releasing this extra 15 pounds of lard I’m carrying around.  I will be using Theta Healing for this particular goal.  Specific details for my plan will be coming soon. For now enjoy this new day, this new year, this new you!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Sincerely,

Kristi

Ready for a new year

Here we are at the end of 2010.  I will not bother rehashing all the great and not so great happenings of the year.  I am grateful for a good year, but I choose to focus on what the new year may bring.  I have done the typical goal setting for New Year’s Resolutions in the past.  I have had some success, but I seem to slip back in to my old ways after the excitement has worn off.

Yes, I have lost that 15 pounds of post pregnancy weight, and I have gained it back.  And maybe I have even done this several times since I had my first child in 2007.  Yes, I have written out new business plans with great gusto only to have them end up in the pile to shred when I don’t take action on the plans.  It is frustrating to say the least.

What is it that makes us fall back into our old habits, our old ways of thinking?  I believe it is our subconscious programming.  I have been doing a lot of reading the past few months.  What I have learned is that 90% of the choices we make are a result of subconscious programming.  That leaves only 10%  for using our conscious thoughts to drive what we do and what results we obtain.  So basically our lives our being run not by what we choose but what we are programmed to do and be.

And to add injury to insult, WE are not the ones who programmed our subconscious.  It has been filled with thoughts and beliefs from our parents and peers and teachers and even strangers.  If you were told as a child that “You are stupid,” that belief is held in your subconscious mind, and you will likely live a life fulfilling that standard.  So rather than go into detail right now about how this all works, I choose now to focus on how to change this programming.  That is the twist I will put on my New Year’s Resolutions in 2011.

I am going to set my goals as usual, but I am going to explore various methods to retraining the subconscious mind.  I already know what strategies work for me to lose weight, so I will choose that as the first goal to work on.  But I’m going to add this subconscious reprogramming to make it work for me this time.  I believe that if I dump all the negative beliefs I have regarding how much I’m supposed to weigh and how I’m supposed to eat, I will have more profound results that are long lasting, AND with less effort.

Tomorrow I will let you in on my specific strategies for how to eat, how to exercise, and how to drop some subconscious baggage.  For now let’s enjoy the last few hours of 2010 and look forward to a new year full of new experiences.

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