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Sept. Goals

Friday, September 07, 2012

Why did it take five years for the dime to drop? One of SparkPeople’s main messages is that small goals are the way to accomplishment. However, I just did not ‘get it’ until I was reminded of it on my trial of SparkCoach. Without knowing it, I had internalized the message, though. As a result, I’m accomplishing more.

When I step back and look at why I’m doing better, it’s because I’m setting real goals this year. The previous year, I just kept doing what I thought I needed to do, but I never took a closer look at the changes I needed to make. In contract, that is what 2012 has been all about, and I’ve been all the better for it. Now, three quarters through the year, I can see that.

Another thing SparkPeople helped me realize is that I can still make changes. I found myself encouraging another member that had posted about stalled weight loss. I saw myself telling her, what I just discovered. Then, I understood that a problem that I was having could be addressed just as I was encouraging her to address her question. That is the basis of my Sept. nutrition goals.

I will learn to eat in a more controlled fashion when I go out to restaurants or parties and someone else is in charge of the menu.

Also, I’ll continue working on the goals from earlier in the year and a few others related to my career and home.

Main goal for the month:
• Week of 9/9: Find at least five articles about how to eat better at parties and restaurants and on vacation.
• Week of 9/16: Create a list of hints that synopsizes the ideas from the articles.
• Week of 9/23: Find a place to put the list, so that you will see it on those rare occasions when you go out. Continue looking for ideas and edit ‘cheat sheet’ as necessary.
• Week of 9/30: Start acting on the hints. Continue looking for ideas and edit ‘cheat sheet’ as necessary.

Other goals:
• M-F Spend 30 minutes a day with online certification training
• Get mortgage documents together. Spend up to one hour each week to get them together and submit them to a loan agent by end of the month, to determine how much of a loan we can afford.
• Take care of the termite damage.
• Update HOA call sheet and deposits and minutes.

My older goals:
• M/W 7:30am strength training class at community college.
• Sat 10am swim class at community college
• Tu/Th 7am swim/cardio
• Th Evening Look at the cookbooks to find next week’s meals and a better for you dessert
• Fr Evening Grocery shopping
• Weekend: Cook for the week
• Evenings: indulge in one serving of ‘better for you dessert’
• M/W/F TV alternatives: Evening Poetry Class/Guitar Class/Read….
• Tu PM clean dishes/laundry
• Weekend: Garden/HOA…household chores

I did awesome in the strategies department. The other stuff had less success. Here is my cheat sheet:

Party Cheat Sheet:
1. Look at all my food options and start with a big helping of the healthiest option.
2. Have a big glass of water before I go for an adult beverage.
3. I will eat at MOST one slice of cake.
4. Eat a little something with protein and carbs before a party.
5. Eat lightly the day of the party, and do not go to the party hungry.
6. Workout before the party.
7. Track what you eat, so it doesn’t become mindless eating.
8. Focus on mingling and catching up with or making new friends.
9. Eat from a plate, not from the buffet.
10. Prepare. Check out a menu before heading out.
11. Watch the liquid calories.
12. Prioritize. Focus on the yummy burger or appetizer or dessert, but don’t go for all three in one meal.
13. Take some of it home.
14. Share a dessert.
15. Visiting with friends and family? That counts as a party! Heed this list!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Congratulations, Goriana! You were right, what you wrote at the beginning of this blog that "small goals are the way to accomplishment". You have been proving that statement for a number of months. Good for you!

    1990 days ago
    Yesterday I went to my Mom's house, which usually triggers a mindless session of grazing. There were about a dozen chocolate frosted cupcakes. I swallowed hard, took a minute to think about my strategy and went blank. It was good I had my cheat sheet. I took out and reviewed it.

    I only had ONE cupcake! emoticon
    1990 days ago
    I read just about all the 'eating away from home' articles on this site and looked at other sites as well. I've made a list. I'll make a copy to keep in my calendar in my purse so I can refer to it as I'm on my way to any outside event.

    This challenge was good, it helped me realize when I just let loose. One of those places is my mom's house. I get there and I raid her pantry as she usually has all kinds of treats in the house.

    I regret eating the stale oreos I found last time, but I've realized that the food I eat must be worthy of me. These rules will provide a 'speed bump' to remind me of that and to slow me down so I can listen to my body and attend to it's needs.
    1996 days ago
    Congratulations, Goriana! You're really improving your quality of life, step by step! emoticon .... emoticon ..... emoticon ....

    2003 days ago
    Week 2 was busy. I didn't write down my tips, but I thought about them as I spent my weekend away from home and needed a strategy as the food was a party situation. These are the things that worked for me:

    1) Concentrate on socializing, away from the buffet
    2) Pass through the buffet only once
    3) Take a small notepad and log food to track at a later time
    4) Access the spread before filling up a plate
    5) Drink water before during and after and avoid other beverages
    6) Access hunger before returning to the buffet.
    7) Eat fiber rich foods

    It seemed to work as the scale doesn't show the surge I have seen from other weekends of this type.
    2004 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/24/2012 6:13:23 PM
    Week 1: I read lots of articles. I even had a chance to try my hand at a party. I set a plan and stuck to it at the party. I had one extra cookie, but I had two less meatballs than I planned. The only drawback is that I went to a drive through after the party. The food ran out at and the food that was there wasn't too attractive, so it was easy to eat on track, but I could have skipped the tacos. It was late, and a late night drive through is part of my memes for those kind of evenings.
    2011 days ago
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  • MKELLY72
    Nice set of goals!
    2020 days ago
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