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Map Out A Plan For Yourself
I am a planner by nature and I like to map out a plan for myself so that I know where I am going and how I want to get there. Usually I set several short term goals and several long term goals. Start out small and build yourself a firm foundation. In the past, throwing myself headlong into a new program that is too restrictive has caused me to burn out and feel frustrated. I didn't get this way over night and, in all honesty, the weight isn't just going to melt off over night. It will ...
I am a planner by nature and I like to map out a plan for myself so that I know where I am going and how I want to get there. Usually I set several short term goals and several long term goals. Start out small and build yourself a firm foundation. In the past, throwing myself headlong into a new program that is too restrictive has caused me to burn out and feel frustrated. I didn't get this way over night and, in all honesty, the weight isn't just going to melt off over night. It will require a level of consistency and effort on my part. Finding something that I can stick to is the key. My plan has to allow me to live a normal life but a much healthier life.
I had to make a big adjustment to my thinking about diets in general. This isn't a diet, it is a healthy way of life. I had to get used to the fact that my new eating plan is forever. This adjustment involved some mental temper tantrums, I am embarrassed to tell you. Eventually, I adjusted but it wasn't always easy. If you lose weight and go back to your old way of eating, you won't keep those pounds off for very long. The idea, for me anyway, is to develop a lifelong plan. Build some occasional treats into your plan so you won't feel deprived. Deprivation can lead to a pity party and binge eating. We've all done it a time or two and it isn't pretty!
I am not perfect and there are times that I have lost my way. Old habits are hard to break. Getting back on plan as soon as possible is the key to being successful. The other thing, I had to give up, is beating myself up over making mistakes. The self criticism has to go! I would never talk to a friend like that, so I can't allow myself to do negative self talk either.
It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I have read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all experienced slip ups and plateaus. Since all three lost 80 pounds or more, this gives me hope for being successful on my own journey and you can be successful too!
Taking back the control in your life and embarking on a new journey can be scary, especially if it has been a long time since you've had control over it. The question, "What if I Fail?" is a valid one but you can't let your fears rule you. Okay, you may fail sometimes but getting right back with your program is the only way to achieve any level of success. I've belonged to Spark People for 7 years now. When I look back and see how far I've come, I have to say, "You've come a long way baby!"
| August SparkPoints: 823
Member Since: 8/4/2008
Fitness Minutes: 180,328
Learn to eat for nutrition instead of medicating myself with food
Log food daily
Learn to pay attention to my body's pain signals
Lose 5% of my body weight Achieved on Nov. 30,2012
Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013
Achieve the addional 10% loss Achieved April 5, 2013
Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 25,2013.
Lose a total of 35 pounds
Lose a total of 40 pounds
Lose a total of 45 pounds
Lose a total of 50 pounds
Earn 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Achieved 4/3/2012
Earn 100,000 Spark Points
2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes Met 08/ 2013
Earn 200,000 Spark Points
Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes
I will use food to nourish instead of using it to medicate myself.
I will drink 8 + cups water daily.
I will eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily.
I will choose foods by their nutritional content.
I will add anti-inflammatory foods to my eating plan .
I will do some sort of cardio for 10+ minutes 7 days a week .
I will keep a food diary daily either written or online.
I will stay away from processed foods.
I will get 7+ hours of sleep per day.
I will pace my activities daily.
I will pay attention to pain levels daily.
I will rest and use pain reduction techniques instead of medicating myself with food.
I will be kind to myself if I slip up and will get right back on my program.
I'm a retired teacher who still loves to learn new things.
I am an optimist and refuse to dwell on the past. It is better to learn from it and move on.
I love animals. Their love is unconditional!
Doing creative activities always lifts my mood and I'm already a happy person to begin with!
Reading, photography, crafts, helping other people, music, creative healthy cooking, exercising in water, using my brain, being creative, acting silly/laughing, and learning new things.