I have no idea what came over me. I had several days in a row of successes...I was eating all the right things, sticking to my exercise plan, and felt good about my progress. But then, all of sudden...
...enter "The Sloth!" With no warning, my evil arch-nemesis arrived and took control. It was as though I was outside watching in. On a day I had nothing in particular planned and plenty of time available to be a productive citizen of the health and fitness universe,"The Sloth" retreated to the bedroom, coming out only to mindlessly grab and consume mass quantities of food. ("The Sloth" must be from France...does anyone remember the Coneheads from the early days of "SNL?")
Confused by the unexpected appearance of this ne'er-do-well, I could only shake my head with disappointment. When I woke up in the morning, I was determined to make sure this villain would not return.
Yes, "The Sloth" was indeed a formidable opponent, but I could be stronger. After all, I work out WAY more than SHE does. I created my own super-hero personna, and dubbed her "Go-Girl." While "The Sloth" has super-powers of apathy and slovenliness, "Go-Girl" has super-strength and an appointment book.
Yes, an appointment book. Keeping busy all day long keeps me from grazing inappropriately.
"Plan ahead or plan to fail." It's been said many times and rings true every time. On days my appointment book is looking pretty open, I schedule things to keep me busy, right down to my personal work-out time in the gym. If need be, I could even schedule time to clean out the refrigerator, organize a drawer, or even watch TV (as long as it's not more than an hour).
I do my very best on days when I'm NOT at home for much of the day. I plan my meals ahead of time (at least the day before) with a few things that are interchangeable if I suddenly decide I need a change. I usually have snacks with me and end up eating six small meals a day, averaging 200 calories each to keep me at my 1200 calorie limit.
Sparkpeople recommends having visible reminders of our goals posted to help us stay on track. If I was a better artist, I'd come up with comic-book style pictures depicting "Go-Girl" as she defeats "The Sloth." But for now, I have a powerful visual image, and am reminded of my physical and mental strength every time I work out.
Just like "The Joker" and "The Penguin" kept returning to give Batman grief, I am sure "The Sloth" will make a return from time to time. And if she wins an occasional battle, I know I'll win the war. One appointment at a time.