Stop the whining and get moving!
I know that I’m mainly a beauty blogger but, ever since I started my blog, I’ve had the lifestyle portion in my title and I think it’s time to use it… To all my makeup addict readers, I’ll see you next Tuesday; from now on, Saturdays will be about me, focusing on a new journey that will hopefully result in my return to a good health, less chubby, more happy and for Pete’s sake, beat that damn insomnia that have been ruining my life for the past year (Sleeping deprivation is the worst).
The whining stops right now! I don’t want to start your weekend on the wrong foot and the fact is that I’m tired of making excuses for my lack of discipline, motivation and by living with bad habits that I developed along the way and have unfortunately stuck to my daily bad routine.
Feel free to laugh at me, because a month ago, I would have roll my eyes if someone would have said that one day, I would make a vision board and share it with the world. I always thought that visualizing what you want in life was too weird (I never read “The Secret” for that reason), a little crazy, and not really my style. This Ingrid never needed help … or she would like people (and herself) to think so !
Let start with the definition of a Vision Board :
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
My initial steps…
Armed with good intentions, I went to Staples (Bureau en Gros) and bought a cardboard with pins and all the whole shebang to display my goals on THE vision board to be. I dug out all my old magazines and started clipping pictures that would look very nice, again on THE board. After about 10 pictures later, I arranged them all on this cardboard and… I looked at it and felt so ridiculous, I started to wonder where was I going to put this huge cardboard and I really thought it wouldn’t help me.
The result: THE board went in the garbage…
Weeks later, I still had in mind that damn Vision Board! Every article that I read about motivation were mentioning that it was magical and so helpful. But again, as described in the previous paragraph, thinking about this Vision Board made me feel weird and, brought me back to Sixth grade, when I used to pin Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot posters to my bedroom wall, gazed at a distant future and dreamt of better days: after letting myself go for a year, time was not for dreaming, it was time to act… I then decided to forget all preconceived ideas and build my Vision Board, I just did it 2016 style! So I edited one on my computer and copied it as my Ipad wallpaper. With both showing it, there was no way in Hell I wouldn’t see it, even if I tried.
I hoped it gives me one thing : My daily dose of motivation
Your vision board is your personal window to the future, of how you will feel, and what the situation would be like once you get there.
When researching the subject, I found out that I really needed two Vision boards: one with short time goals and another one that will note my achievements based on the first board.
What are my short term goals?
Cook, Cook and cook some more. I would say that I’m now 95% Vegetarian and it’s been an easy transition moving to a Vegan lifestyle from my previous eating habits but I realize that I need to cook way more and try new recipes to make my plant-based meals more enjoyable. I want to rediscover and appreciate cooking again!
Goal: Try and SHARE one new recipe per week
Let’s cut to the chase right away: I feel fat, my articulations hurt, I hate myself, I’m in the worst shape of my life… Do I need to say that this is my main goal?
Goal: Be loose in my pants: I don’t own a scale so I’ll monitor my weight by the way my clothes feel.
Get in Shape
I feel the happiest when I’m fit: Trail running, hiking, biking and strength training are in my near future. Last week, I went for a 4-hour hike with BeardMan and my sister, and I felt so sad being far behind them. A few months ago, I would have been the one in front, setting the pace… A lesson of humility that I hated and made me really sad.
Goal: Run a 5K before winter (if my knees allow it)!!
Read & Relax
My name should be Ingrid Gonzales (as for Speedy’s long lost daughter); I never stop or relax! I eat in 5 minutes and my brain is always in motion, mostly thinking about futile, “beyond my control” things. I would like to have a Screen Saver once in a while… Meditation, relaxation, Yoga, breathing exercices are for everyone else but me. I have no concentration since I’m everywhere and that has become a problem that needs to be address.
Goal: Take 1/2 hour per day to have some sort of relaxation: it could be as simple as stretching or pamper myself after a long bath… You get the picture!
Goal #2 : Read 1 book/month. Just starting The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This is my long term Vision Board
(I will talk about this one when I’ve accomplished the first one)
As of now, I don’t know if it works or how valuable it is, but I’m giving it a try and by sharing it, I feel that I will be more accountable to maintain the VISION I have for myself! Along that journey, I will be brutally honest with you on my successes and failures; no sugarcoating because it’s that important to me. Not to be dramatic but my current situation is ruining my life so it’s time to go with the big guns…
Does this seem stupid or frivolous to you? Did you make one?
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