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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I have spent considerable time with the assignment for the 5% Challenge (Summer) of listing 3 or 4 reasons/excuses for why my diet and exercise plans haven't been well executed in the past and on what strategy I can utilize to keep me on track for the 8 weeks (hopefully forever). I'm sure smoke was coming out of my ears for this one. After sifting through all the minutiae in my brain it comes down to one thing - time management. I need to make time for food, make time for exercise and make time for me. How do I make time? I spend less of it chatting on the phone, watching
TV, playing video games and the myriad of other nothing things that make my days disappear without having accomplished anything. I NEED STRUCTURE!

So I shall plan my meals. This will keep me from reaching for the quick fix, which always, always consists of things I shouldn't eat.

I shall schedule a half hour of fitness in the a.m., a half hour of fitness in the p.m. and a half hour of gardening as part of my self-imposed lunch hour (I work from home).

I shall climb the stairs to my bed every evening before midnight. After midnight is when I tend to play video games, and then guess who's tired and cranky the next day and doesn't function well? I shall then also rise and shine at 7:00 a.m. no matter how much I want to stay cocooned.

Last but not least, I shall save my evenings for Sparking, running to the store for fresh foods and maybe do some knitting on those evenings when my hands need to be kept busy. I will NOT watch TV other than the news so that I can speak intelligently with others about current events.

What is going to make me stick to the schedule? A burning desire to lose weight, experience the state of being in control, and I so want to be in control, and most of all, to be a good puppy!

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    Good ideas there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2049 days ago
    Carol, your blog is great! I think you have it all figured out, because as I was reading it, I was wondering if I wrote it? It's funny because that's my problem, time management. I know you can do it, your plan is good. Wow, just imagine how you'll look before long! It's just so cool!

    This is this time, 2012, take control!! You can do it, You will do it!!!
    2066 days ago
    Sounds like all that thinking paid off! You have a great plan and I am sure you will be successful during the challenge and beyond!
    2069 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan to get you started on the Summer Challenge! Carving out all of that time for yourself and your healthy habits will pay off big time. Good luck!!!
    2070 days ago
    You have shown me my errors...too much TV at night; too many snacks after dinner; and I now know I am not the only one. Thanks for giving me something to think on.

    I truly want to lose this weight too, and must sacrifice my "want's" in order to do so. And I also do not go to bed early enough.

    I'm a puppy to and we all know how energetic puppies are. I picture us all tumbling over one another trying to get there first. I shall call myself the "runt" because I don't want to be first, but sure do want to be a pedigree!

    Jean emoticon
    2070 days ago
    Spoken like a good emoticon !!!

    And I'm chasing your tail.

    Helen (hugs)
    2070 days ago
    You good puppy you - you can do this! And your issues sound SO much like mine - exccept for the video games. I randomly surf the web instead. Cutting out tv except for news is on my list too.

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    Irene in BC
    2070 days ago
    Great blog Carol! You have certainly put a lot of thought into this and it shows. I've got a lot of thinking to do and you're the one who is getting my fire lit.....well at least warmed up.
    Good luck with this challenge and if anyone can do this, YOU can!
    2070 days ago
  • SWEETIE2208
    Carol, you sound like an athlete in training. I absolutely love it.
    This frame of mind will take you where you want to be.
    emoticon Hugs, Holly
    2071 days ago
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