New Plan

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I have to admit, I'm pretty bummed. I haven't had a weigh-in recently, but when I was at the doctor's a few months ago, I'd gained back a lot of weight. I was (and still am) pretty disappointed in myself. I know a big source of my weight gain has been stress and anxiety. I felt pretty good in the months when I was able to lose weight, and now I don't feel that anymore, so it's much harder.

Still, I want to be able to overcome that and become healthier and re-lose some of that excess. I figure I just need to address some of the obstacles I face, and that will help me get back on track. So this is my basic plan.

1.) De-stress. I'm going to start writing in a journal again (actually I use my computer) because that helps me to clear my head. I place a lot of importance on therapy, and in addition to one-on-one, I've recently joined group therapy, which I think will be helpful. Staying organized and keeping my room clean also helps me feel less stressed.

2.) Re-evaluate my nutrition habits. It's always hard to me to cut back on carbs, but it's necessary for me to have more fruits and vegetables. I have to start thinking more about what my body needs than what my mind wants. I'm going to try to make an appointment with the nutritionist on campus, because I'd really like to talk with someone about what I should really be eating, and how much.

3.) Start exercising again. This one is tough, because I've always disliked exercise, but more than that, I often feel too "tired" or "stressed out" to do it. It's really more of my mind than my body that feels tired. I can't exercise every day, but I can plan on a few days each week. To get myself in the right mindset, I can plan enough time to do a stress-relief activity before exercising, like meditating for a few minutes, a quick journal entry, or a breathing exercise.

4.) Get motivated. No matter how much I want to get in shape, it's hard to stay motivated. At least once a week I'll look at motivational sayings, and if I see one I like, I'll write it on a post-it note and stick it in my room or on a notebook.

5.) Log on to SparkPeople more often. SparkPeople has a lot of good resources I can use, and I have fun browsing the website and earning points. Even if I'm having trouble, I'll log on to remind myself of what I'm trying to accomplish and that I'm not the only one trying to become healthier.

6.) Adjust my plan as needed. This is a basic plan, and I'll personally want to come up with something more specific, at least in my head, but I can't be afraid to change my routine or try something different. I have to figure out what works for me, and adapt to that.

So those are the main points of my plan:
1. De-stress
2. Nutrition
3. Exercise
4. Motivation
5. SparkPeople (online resource)
6. Flexibility/Adjustments

So nothing ground-breaking, just some guidelines to help me stay on track. I really want to make a good effort this time and form good habits, not just stick to a diet that I turn on and off. Hopefully I can accomplish something good for myself.

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