There are a lot of celebration goals that you can decide to set for yourself when you are losing a massive amount of weight. I’ve seen some people shoot for the goal of getting a beauty procedure done, a new wardrobe, or maybe even fancier workout gear. I thought that maybe I would commit to getting a nice wardrobe.
For the past couple of months I’ve been hovering around the same weight. Gaining some, losing some, but not losing anything too additional. I don’t think it’s the elusive “plateau.” It’s me. I’m bored and I’m losing willpower. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the things that I am learning at meetings. How often do I learn something and forget it by the time my leader brings it up the next week? There’s a phrase that I hear mentioned on connect a lot. “Work the program like it’s your job.” OK. I get that. Let’s do this like it’s my job – but what am I getting out of it?
I know what I need to do to fix the boredom aspect of this. I’ve been eating mostly the same things for months. So I did a grocery trip this week and cooked up a weeks worth of foods that I’ve already pointed out. I’m eating the same things every day for 7 days…but they’re new things and they are going to change next week. I used the “save as meal” function inside of the app and now it takes me less than a minute to log my meals too. I purposely left about 10 points room in for snacks or things that pop up…and I’m not touching my weeklies. They’re there…but the goal is to leave them alone because when I eat my weeklies I tend to loose a lot less.
Last night I also opened up a second savings account with my bank and I titled it, “Let’s go to Japan!”
I’ve been thinking – what is the one thing that I really want to do, that I might not do, that I will absolutely regret at the end of my life?
One of those things for me, for many years, has been that I want to go and visit Japan.
When Felipe and I met we were both in Japanese at our high school. When I was older and I was going through a lot of difficult things I thought that I wanted to go live in Japan as an English teacher. I think I would have had a difficult time…but many of my friends were there doing the same thing or similar. You had to have a certain level of college education in order to get hired, and I couldn’t get into college at the time, so I wasn’t able to go. (I think there is also an age limit to those program too, I’m probably too old now.) My heart was really set on it at the time though. I made a lot of Japanese friends, was trying to learn the language, listened to nothing but Japanese music, etc. When I started learning how to cook, Japanese food was the first cuisine I learned. I really wanted to go and just start a new life.
I’m glad that I didn’t end up doing that. I think that if you are having a hard time living your life in your own country and culture, chances are it’s going to be super tough to adapt to living life in a new one. Since then a lot of things have really changed for me. I’ve been really focusing on taking care of my mental health, trying to be a better functioning member of my own family, and enjoying my life where I am already planted.
But, I still want to go to Japan!
Felipe and I have discussed it a couple of times recently, and the conversation is always about what if we could go. What if we could afford it? Oh, maybe we’ll go someday if we have the money. Wouldn’t it be nice to take Bruce? Even if it was just for a few weeks in Tokyo or something?
In my experience someday is mostly never. I always thought I would lose the weight “someday.” I’ll get this project done, “someday.” I’ll go to Japan, “someday.” In my Weight Watchers meeting I learned that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
So I want to start planning on going to Japan, even if it’s not a date set in stone.
Just having the account there and a token amount of starter money ($5) has got me feeling really excited! I can start saving money for our trip, and we can go once I’ve finished losing weight as a celebration and an epic vacay. We have other things we are working on (like getting a house) that come first, but having part of the trip saved up is a whole lot better than having nothing saved up and no concrete intention on going.
Just some thoughts:
Once I hit lifetime Weight Watchers becomes free and I can take the $50 a month and start putting that into the Japan trip account as well.
If I’m not an obese person it would be a whoooooooole lot more fun to check out all the fashion shops in Shibuya and Harajuku.
Having the goal of putting more money into the trip savings could be a great motivator for getting my YouTube channel going. (Other than the vague…I want to make money, lol.)
How much is Bruce gonna freak out when we take him to the Ghibli museum?
When I hit lifetime and get my passport, and have my ID picture taken, it’s going to feel like a huge accomplishment.
…and so many other things. Aaaaaah!
It’s really going to happen!