Monday, September 24, 2012
So we have another pre-challenge assignment...
List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks.
1. EXCUSES: I've gotta million of them! I am always able to come up w/ an excuse why I don't have time to exercise, or there's something more important that I need to do than workout, or one of my previous injuries is "acting up" so I better hold off... and I could go on & on. I do believe that I am the Queen of excuses.
Strategy: I am going to schedule my workouts on my calendar like an appt., and if I try to come up w/ an excuse why I shouldn't keep that appt, then I'm going to make myself do at least 10 minutes. If after that I still wanna stop, then I will... but usually after 10 min. I'm raring to keep going.
2. SPLURGES: I am great at staying on track for 7-10 days, but then I always seem to convince myself that I've done so well that I deserve some type of splurge... and completely BLOW all of the good work I've done so far. Huge meals, or some high calorie/high fat snack... and then once I do, I feel guilty and am very likely to fall completely off the wagon for the rest of the day, or longer.
Strategy: I need to go back to the plan that I used when I lost my weight the first time... allowing for one treat day a month so that I can plan for it and have it to look forward to. Hopefully this will help prevent me from wanting to splurge in between times.
3. BOREDOM: In the past, I've had limited resources for workouts most of the time. we do not have a gym where I live, so I have to use the one in the town I work, and since I work nights, it is not always available to me when I have the time (or energy) to use it. I did find a Zumba class in my town last year, but it is only offered on 2 nights/week, and it seems like I typically have to work at least one, if not both, of those nights.
Strategy: I saved up some money and purchased myself a recumbant bike so that on the days that I can't get to the gym, or that it's too cold/windy/wet to go outside for a walk, I still have a way to workout. I'm also trying to make a conscious effort to make sure that my schedule at work allows me to make my Zumba class at least once a week.
4. SNACKS (AKA TRIGGER FOODS): My biggest hurdle is the snacks and/or trigger foods that first off, helped to put all of the weight on me... and later on, would tempt me away from my healthy food choices and towards a downward spiral. I will not say that they have power over me, as that would be ridiculous... but for some unknown reason, I do NOT have power over them either.
Strategy: My plan is to keep these foods out of my house, you know the old adage: outta sight, outta mind. I typically don't have an issue w/ that, but my dear hubby doesn't have the same desires as me. And that means that he doesn't give it a second thought to bring those foods into this house! So I hope to be able to convince him that at least for now, if he can't forego these foods, then he needs to keep them in his locker at work, or in his truck for snacking on the way home, or whereever else he chooses, as long as they are away from me. (of course, I'll also have to have a chat w/ my stepson & his girlfriend since they are now living w/ us as well)
So these are my plans... and hopefully they will help me have a successful 5% Challenge!