It’s Time to Stop Sabotaging Myself…

Here we are, the middle of March, and I have yet to really focus on my 2014 goals of getting healthier. I keep trying to begin, but life gets in the way and I easily allow it to knock me off track.

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As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, the #VZWBuzz Team, I received a Jawbone UP from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. This story of sabotage is all my own.

For example…

I eat a healthy breakfast, but then I’m invited out to [an unhealthy] dinner – and tell myself it’s okay.

I feel tired after a long day with the kids, errands, and blogging, so then I don’t work out – and tell myself it’s okay.

I rid the house of everything sweet and sugary, then I want to make cupcakes – and tell myself it’s okay.

I’m sabotaging myself, and I have to stop!

Getting healthier is not an easy feat, but it’s never going to happen on the route I’m currently traveling. So, I’m assessing where I am, where I want to be, and how I plan to get there. I have to make new goals – short term goals so I can see results quicker and feel motivated to continue my progress.

Speaking of results, I’m using my new Jawbone UP to track my steps each day. Wearing the band has been a very eye opening experience. It easily syncs with the mobile app by connecting it directly to my iPhone, where I can see my day’s activity within seconds.

Jawbone UPI really had no idea how few steps I took on the days I don’t figure in exercise. I have set a goal for myself within the Jawbone app, and will be working extra hard to meet the step count every day.

Along with exercising, I have to get a better meal plan going. We fell off the bandwagon with planning ahead last month, but now it’s time to jump back on. Sweets and my favorite comfort foods will be included, but for me, it’s all about moderation. I cannot keep making excuses and sabotaging my efforts – but I know completely eliminating all my loves is not a good idea either.

Sleep is another area of my health that I’ve been severely neglecting. The Jawbone UP tracks my sleep each night, and some nights it’s really sad how little I rest. My deep sleep is sometimes way less than half of my total sleep. I know late night blogging contributes to my mind not shutting off and allowing me to rest, so I’m going to try getting off of the computer, iPhone, all electronics one hour before bed.

This new plan of getting healthier is exciting for me, and I’m happy to have a device that will track my progress and immediately show me how I am doing. I feel this will keep my accountable as well as motivate me not to get off track again!

Do you ever feel you are sabotaging yourself? How do you make it stop?!


  1. says

    You are so right! For years I struggled with a fear of success, it helped me stay a failure for a long time. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy!

  2. brett says

    frequently. so I make tiny goals. and I forgive myself. I also try to make plans to do active things with friends so they help me be accountable

  3. says

    I never realized how little I actually moved during the ‘work week’ until I started tracking my steps – yikes! Most days I don’t hit 1,000 steps until after 6 p.m.! I haven’t heard much about the Jawbone but I love that it tracks sleep – I need to look into getting myself one!

  4. says

    Oh I totally sabotage myself on a daily basis. I do great with breakfast and lunch and end up with a non-healthy dinner sometimes because I’m so tired. Meal planning must get better!

  5. says

    I sabotage myself constantly. But if it is constant sabotage is it really sabotage or just life? We have so much we want to do and so little time to do it all. Sabotage or priorities either way something has to give.

  6. says

    Yes, all the time. I lack motivation often – granted I’m nine months pregnant right now with three kids. However, It’s a lot easier to accomplish smaller goals than a ton of big goals. For instance, try and work out first thing in the morning, rather than putting it off and being too tired to do it later on. You can do it! Good luck!!

  7. says

    It’s hard to get in a regular routine of healthy eating and working out. Being aware how your steps each day is a good way to start. Small goals will help you get there!

  8. Candy @ Candypolooza says

    OMG.. I feel you times two! I have all the fancy gadgets yet fail to use them daily. I’ve got my first appt with a trainer on Monday and with a nutritionist on Friday.. It’s happening!!

  9. says

    Thank you for this! I find it hard to get motivated lately because of the stress of work. I have to realize that the sooner I am motivated the sooner I will feel less stressed.

  10. says

    I didn’t realize that this little gadget did so many awesome things! I’d love to know how much sleep I’m actually getting each night. Turning off all elects. one hour before bed is a great idea. Does that include TV though, LOL!! I usually fall asleep watching TV. If it’s too quiet in the house, it drives me madddd…crazy!

  11. Kristen says

    My downfall is Starbucks…But now I get the “Skinny” drinks. Try to make healthy choices when you go out! And It’s okay to make cupcakes! Just send them to work with your hubby the next day!

  12. says

    I have a fitbit but i am so wanting one of these. I want it to track my sleep habits as I’m often awake in the middle of the night.

  13. says

    Considering I just ate a piece of pie as my dinner, yeah- I sabotage myself. Sigh. I was doing so good- which is how I rationalized it.

  14. says

    Oh, girl. I get it. It is so hard to just do what is right sometimes! Too many emotions and thoughts get in the way. The first step, though? Figuring it out! You’re more than halfway there :)

  15. says

    Aww, give yourself grace. As long as you’re taking steps in the right direction you’re okay! Focus more on what you’re doing right and work on doing that more instead of beating yourself up for the times you fall. …that’s the only way I can keep on keeping on with weight loss/getting healthier.

  16. Ashley M says

    “I eat a healthy breakfast, but then I’m invited out to [an unhealthy] dinner – and tell myself it’s okay.

    I feel tired after a long day with the kids, errands, and blogging, so then I don’t work out – and tell myself it’s okay.

    I rid the house of everything sweet and sugary, then I want to make cupcakes – and tell myself it’s okay.”

    These are all me, every single day!

  17. Eliz Frank says

    You are not alone. We all have times we let other distractions get in the way of our efforts. It happens and how I deal with it is to keep moving forward. You will too.

  18. says

    I think these are pretty neat. I’m scared to see how few steps I take now that I spend most of my time nursing the baby. Before he came along, I was running around chasing the toddler.

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