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The plan

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I know how to lose weight, I just am not doing what I know I should do.

Since I asked for accountability partners for exercise a few weeks ago I am back in the habit of exercising 5 times (or more) each week. (Thank you accountability partners!)

Perhaps instead of thinking I need to do a major overhaul on my eating plan, I should attempt to change one more bad habit. Currently, eating chips and chocolate most days of the week is one of my biggest stumbling blocks. (I'm also eating second and third helpings and more than 3 generous meals a day.) Taking it all on at once is something that I could do - but I would likely only do it for a couple days before deprivation set in. If I were to change one thing that would make the biggest impact on my health and weight it would be to have chips and chocolate (if I'm going to have them at all) on only one predesignated day of the week.

So this is my plan: Get back into the habit of eating the "junk" infrequently (once a week or less). I will work on this until it becomes a habit once again (I was doing something similar when I lost the 125 pounds last year) then I will re-integrate other healthy habits into my program one at a time until I am eating, exercising and living out a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Feel free to ask me how I am doing with this to hold me accountable!

Once again, thanks for reading and supporting me as I work out my plan toward permanent lifestyle change.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIVINGWELL69 4/19/2011 11:12AM

    I, too, have decided to take baby steps to change my lifestyle (I also struggle with sugar). I've just started back on Spark people. Keep on keeping on!!

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NONNATERRY 4/10/2011 10:29AM

    Congrats on the new plan. I need to make one as well!!!

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SUSANMOMOF6 3/24/2011 11:18PM

    What a good plan. All or nothing is for the birds. I know there are those who can cut out and add everything they need to in one fell swoop, but they are so rare, and I'm not sure I could be friends with one- emoticon . Seriously, take one step, master it, then take another. Sounds good to me. How is it going?

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ZANNACHAN 3/17/2011 12:34AM

    Coming in late here (I'm catching up on my blogs now as I've been sick and didn't want anything to do with the computer) but I wanted to say that I'm a BIG believer in baby steps and what I've read in The Spark backs me up.

Why? Many reasons.

For one thing, if you change too much too quickly, you'll feel deprived--and if you are feeling deprived, you are more likely to relapse.

Two, if you try to change too much too quickly, it's hard to figure out HOW to do it, especially in keeping with the rest of your life. For example, if you decide "I'm going to work out 1-2 hours every day!" you have to find the time to work out that much. Your body may not be able to handle it. You have to juggle sleep, work, family obligations, etc., around those two hours. But if you decide instead to gradually get back into working out--maybe even as little as 10 minutes a couple of times a day, that's a lot easier to do. It's a lot easier to find 10 free minutes than 60 to 120. You won't be so physically worn when you're done. And as you get into the swing of it, it's relatively easy then to slowly expand that time--10 minutes to 10, perhaps. You will slowly get a feel for how you can adjust your schedule to find time (and space and, if necessary, money for equipment or gym memberships or whatever) because you won't be doing it all at once. And if something isn't working out for you, it's easier to adapt to find something that *does* work out for you.

Quite simply, it's not so overwhelming. Even though I've been on sparks for a long time now and I've made a lot of changes in my lifestyle--my diet, my activity levels, etc.--I *still* can get overwhelmed by all the things I *should* do. I should still eat more vegetables (I'm eating a lot more than I had, but I still struggle to consistently get 5), I should eat even more protein, I shouldn't eat high fructose corn syrup or as much sodium as I am, I shouldn't drink any soft drinks or high calorie coffee shop drinks, I shouldn't eat sweets, I should exercise more--both longer and more intensely, I should find more time to cook and clean and shop and workout..... It's daunting. It's hard enough to do what I *am* doing that reading about all the other things I should be doing can cause something akin to a panic attack, LOL! So I focus on baby steps, always pushing the envelope, but a little bit. And if I over do something (like I did in January when I overdid it and aggravated my bad hip, or like I did last week when I tried to work out too soon after getting sick), I reevaluate, always with the goal of slowly but surely improving myself.

Sure, there are times I back slid. I haven't exactly been doing a gold medal job the last two months, for example. But whenever I do, I try to refocus and--with baby steps--get back on track, one problem area at a time.

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JANC319 3/10/2011 12:11AM

  Excellent plan! I know you can do it!

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4BARBIE44 3/8/2011 5:10PM

    let me know how you are doing with this.

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JOJOSZENT 3/8/2011 9:42AM

    Sounds like a successful plan to me for sure! We all know you can do it because you have done it before. We also know that you have the will power to succeed. Have a wonderful day my friend!

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CO-CREATOR 3/8/2011 7:54AM

    I think you have a wonderful plan, I wish you all the best.

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GROOVER4 3/8/2011 7:47AM

    I tend to go the 'all or nothing' thinking as well and it's such a hard thing to change. Small steps or changing one bad habit at a time still means you are in front and that should be celebrated! Good luck with your plan and let us know how your week goes.

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NAYNAY69 3/8/2011 7:38AM

    This is life...our ups and downs. This is our journey... Each time I think we learn how to do it better and something of that sticks with us and allows us to continue on. After all this time I don't feel like "I'm 'starting all over" anymore. Just picking back up where I temporarily left off.

That is what you are doing as well. Picking back up the healthy habits and putting back down the less healthy habits that slip in. We are still on the right path as we have been. Sometimes we are just slower and sometimes we march faster with purpose!

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CATWOOMAN 3/8/2011 1:26AM

    Baby steps....great plan!
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CURVYDIVA86 3/8/2011 1:23AM

    emoticon !!

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MIRACLELOVE77 3/8/2011 1:16AM

    your plan sounds great! You can do it!

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JAAM1224 3/8/2011 1:04AM

    Great plan to designate one day for the junk. I think that is what I need to do as well. thanks!

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BIGOLEDIVA 3/8/2011 12:36AM

    You have a plan- I am weaning myself off baked lays - LOL- you can allow yourself treats- just in moderation. it will get easier I promise!

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