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Reflections: Planning to Plan


Friday, December 04, 2009

Adding to my reflections over my Thanksgiving weekend setback...had read JCORYCMA's blog "Planning to Plan," ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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Planning is the ticket, that's for sure!

Sometimes we have to plan above and BEYOND our plans, though...! For instance although I brought my shorts and t-shirt along so that I would have clothes for working out I did NOT plan for the hotel to charge $20 a day for use of the exercise facilities. Although I DID have the thought of getting out and going for a walk / jog I didn't follow through on this thought. Had I thought this through AHEAD of time and made a deal with myself to ACT on this plan I believe the odds might have been greater that I would have done so. I could have had a back up plan of a regimen of calisthenics, stretches, etc. which I could have done right in our room.

Buffets: At home my DW and I often go to Old Country Buffet and I've gotten that down to a science and can make healthy choices there and not go "astray." There was a buffet where we were staying and I thought: no problem! I've got this buffet thing down to a science! Well, don't know about your taste buds, but one of the things that helps me at Old Country Buffet is that their desserts totally SUCK! They're "known quantities."

Um...that was not the case with THIS buffet! Such a TERRIBLE mistake to begin to sample those desserts...! So...unless it's a buffet I *know* to be safe...best to avoid such places!

We had taken some apples and Flatout wraps for healthy snacking. One of the first thing I did upon arriving was to carry a 15 pack of bottled water back to the hotel on my shoulder. Began refilling the bottles from the tap which wasn't too bad for a change. Another snack I would have liked to have brought was a bag of baby carrots...just not enough room so I had to leave 'em in the car. But it was helpful to find them there when we returned to the car at the airport. Healthy snacking while driving home...felt like I was already reclaiming my routine!

Trying to make this more than a confessional...more like a detective teasing out the details of a MAJOR crime scene...lol!

Had a fine lunch today while out with my colleagues: Baby spinach salad with a piece of grilled chicken on top and vinaigrette dressing. It was yummy and I didn't feel deprived at all. Enjoy the off-work chit-chat with others.

Have a terrific weekend out there everyone and...be *careful* out there! :-)

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DONNELDA22 12/6/2009 11:09AM

    Way to Go! Planning to Plan. Contingency Planning. That's something most of don't do well. Or even think about. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going out for dinner next week. I am going to phone them and check out their menu so I will be prepared before I go.

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RENA1965 12/6/2009 3:09AM

    Keep at it, plans can get screwed up sometimes- better to have some form of attack then go totally unprepared and totally loss it.. The 20 dollar a day to use facilities would have me stand offish too.. Despite the dessert issue you didn't do too badly.. Practise makes perfect- to another time- perhaps find another hotel near a ymca or a gym with more reasonable short term rates..

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FERRETLOVER1 12/5/2009 8:44AM

    Planning is key to success. Sounds like you learned your lesson and are now on the right track again. Keep up the great work!

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ZELLAZM 12/5/2009 4:55AM

    Just think of what a long way you've come when you compare the way you handled your trip to how you might have done things in the past!

Thanks for the very timely reminder to be careful out there - I'm going caroling with a group from church and we'll be offered cookies at just about every stop. I plan to enjoy one or two, but that's IT!

Blessings this weekend,
Michelle

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JCORYCMA 12/4/2009 10:28PM

    Thanks for adding your inspired thoughts to my blog and including the link. My hubby and I were talking vacation ideas for next spring and your blog made me realize I will need to be extra careful with the planning for exercise and eating wherever we go! So glad to see that you are getting right back in control. Just a little setback, but ONEderland is still within your vision!
Joanne

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