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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!"
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Member Since: 8/4/2008

SparkPoints: 249,850

Fitness Minutes: 181,340

My Goals:
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
Achieved 2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes Met 08/ 2013

Earn 200,000 Spark Points
Achieved 10/20/2014

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes

My Program:
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.

Personal Information:
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!

Other Information:
I enjoy:
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.

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SLENDERELLA61
8/18/2015 6:01:33 PM

I'm thinking about the order of achieving goals and what you said on my blog today. I probably can figure out some of the steps I took in which order, but I suspect that may not be helpful to others. People are different, with different needs and motivations plus different physiology. We can learn from each other, but truly we are each an experiment of one. Best wishes for healing. That has to be your priority right now. Take very good care of yourself. Love, Marsha



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PURPLE0906
8/18/2015 7:11:47 AM

Thank you for commenting on my blog. I am planning a BBQ Birthday Party for Lilly on Saturday, can't wait.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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SHARON10002
8/17/2015 12:10:01 AM

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Strength doesn’t come from what you CAN do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought
you COULDN’T do.

Think back for a moment . . . Is there something you can do today that you could not do a month or two ago?
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SLENDERELLA61
8/14/2015 8:21:49 AM

I finally found Holloway Park. I've looked for it in the wrong place several times. It has 2 entrances. One is off of Lakeland Highlands Road. From Edgewood, turn left (south) on Lakeland Highlands Road. Go south to Glendale on the right; the entrance to Holloway is directly across the street from Glendale on the east side. There is a sign. I'm going to post a picture of that sign on my blog today. The park has only been open I think less than a year. The sign is pretty new. This is the entrance for races.

My understanding that the entrance you probably want for nature walks is the other one. As you are coming north on Hwy 98, start looking for Holloway Park (St, Road, avenue???) on the west side of the highway near Combee Road. I think it might be one block north of Combee. There is a sign and gate entrance about a half mile off of Hwy 98. The park is open 7am-7pm. It is a privately owned park, not government.

So it is south of South Edgewood, west of Hwy 98 and east of Lakeland Highlands Road. I heard you can walk dogs there, but I'm not 100% sure of that. I'm planning on going August 27th, so I hope to let you know more!





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8/13/2015 6:40:41 PM

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Please forgive me for not sending this sooner. It has been a very hectic week here. It just seemed that “life” kept popping up and getting in the way. It happens to all of us, so I’d like to thank you for your understanding. The good news is that it’s Thursday, or as my better half calls it, Friday Eve!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments about my Friday Happy hour blogs, and for reading last Friday's blog, Have A Grape Day.

I am so happy to read the feedback and comments from each one of you who stop by to read them each week.

If my blog can shed a ray of sunshine on your day, or put a smile on your face, then all of the thought and effort I’ve put into doing it was worth it. I hope you’ll stop by and join me tomorrow afternoon to see what’s in store!
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