Two weeks from today I head back to Albany for the holidays. Of course, I can't wait to see my kids and precious grandchildren (is there any other kind?), but man, I hate to even think about leaving the pleasant Vegas weather we've been having. It's been way up in the 60s lately--I'll take it!
Hey (this is boring), I've lost about 5 lbs. in the four weeks since I've been back in Las Vegas. God knows I don't have the willpower to diet or give up dark beer, but right now my life is structured in a way that's conducive to losing weight. Mike and I both work at home, and every day at "lunch" (which is 9 a.m. since I follow East Coast time), we take at least a three-mile walk. Would I walk by myself if he weren't around? Hell, no. But because we both structure our day to allow for that walk, we do it together and it's actually fun.
It also helps is that I'm not eating out as much. Over the summer at my job in Albany and when I worked in my old job here, more often than not I'd have lunch with co-workers in a restaurant or pizza place. Big portions, lots of calories, right? Now I'll have some cereal in the morning (how I love Trader Joe's Organic Morning Light!), a little snack around noon, and usually I make an early dinner around 4:00. I think that's better than eating a heavy meal later at night.
Okay, that was boring shit, but here's the part you should pay attention to: your ability to achieve your goals depends a great deal on how your life is structured. I really believe that. Energy follows the path of least resistance, right? So when you set up your schedule or structure conditions in your life in a way that facilitates the attainment of your goals, you're just about guaranteed to realize them.
As I write this, I'm wondering how the hell I'm going to prevent gaining every friggin' ounce back during the two-and-a-half weeks I'm in Albany. My structure is going to be way different--it'll be too cold to walk and I'll be back having lunch with my work buds in the office-- and all the holiday social gatherings are going to be full of temptation. I gotta figure this out. I might just have to start again after the new year.
Yep, a new year is approaching, and I have a million things I want to achieve. You, too? Structure is going to be really important.