So this worked for me in 2011. I promised to myself that I would use my new x-country skis. Turned out to be a record breaking snow year. I lost 20 lbs during 2011 and by the time I got to my fall vacation (lots of hiking in Iceland, September 2011) I was below my goal weight.
In 2012 we got NO SNOW. So the ground froze and my well froze. That was
not fun. I sat inside and drank and ate a lot. I started traveling again
for work (2x/year is my busy travel time). Starting in Feb/March 2012 and I gained
back the 20 I lost.
It was sad.
I stopped weighing in.
I stopped being honest about logging.
I'm no longer a size 8.
In fact, I got new pants in a 10 from my husband (and he never buys my
clothes so this is a big deal) and the 10s are too tight.
Clothes have always been a motivation for me. I HATE New Years
resolutions. I hate the folks that join a gym and take parking spots
only to keep paying and stop coming come March. They are annoying and
many wear perfume to the gym (gak!) so it's clear they are there to pick
up dates and not actually workout. (not all, but most).
So, kicking off 2013 I will tell myself the same thing I told myself in
2011. Not "I'm gonna lose weight". Not "I'm going to lose 20 lbs and fit
into the sexy pants." But rather:
"I'm going to ski" (it's 800 calories per hour and works every muscle).
What about you? Sexy pants? Perfume at a new gym to impress the gents?
Ski? Yoga? What are you promising to do in 2013. Where I live we get
snow November - March so 5-6 months/year.