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I shouldn't dread this time of year

Friday, November 09, 2012

. . . but I guess I do. Temptations are everywhere. Opportunities to eat are abundant, many disguised as obligations to see family or to just be festive. Food gifts have the potential to goad me into ‘just one bite’ that never ends. Instead of just saying that I will do my best to restrain from excessive indulgences - which I am only kidding myself, by the way – I have decided to have a PLAN. A plan on paper, on my wall so that I will see it everyday.

I know there are things I simply can’t plan for, but I CAN plan for the things I know of. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Gianna’s heart surgery, Christmas, Family Reunion, Super Bowl – these are what I know of and if history is an indicator, these times can really disrupt all good intentions. I include the Super Bowl because the very timing of the event convinces us to ‘wait’ to clean up our act; why start a diet & exercise program that I know I will stray from once the Super Bowl arrives? I’ll just put it off until then so that there are no ‘hic-cups’. Right.

I have just completed Cycle 1:Accelerate of The 17 Day Diet, so I already have a plan in action. My exercise is not yet at the level I want, but I am working to change that. My exercise does not count for much if my eating is not on plan and I also find it easier to stay on plan if I am exercising - they interweave for me.

It is not enough to just have recipes saved on my hard drive; I have to compose a menu, in writing and on a calendar. My menus have to include the time frame for all those events that are in my future. Even that is insufficient and I also have a short list of five different quick meals to make for those times of something unexpected or I just want to keep it simple.

For those times that I am forced to eat away from home, I will make the best choices from what is available to me and I resolve to get back on plan at my first opportunity. This is a choice and a commitment to myself. This also serves to strengthen me for those times in the future that I don’t have the control I’d like.

My biggest hopes are to continue my weight loss during this season, but NOT GAINING any weight is also a great victory. For me, good intentions crumble without a visible plan – just a wish.

I am off to continue working on this extensive meal plans and menus. How do YOU plan to maintain control?
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  • v LUCKYDOGFARM
    You got me on that one. Right now I HAVE NO plan. I keep on saying I have to get a move on. Get the lead out. Mooooove it.
    But noe. I make it a few baby steps and then I start doing something else and forget all about the healthy life I used to have. Grrrrr.
    1370 days ago
  • v NOE1234
    Good inspiration. Thanks for sharing!
    1381 days ago
  • v MSANITAL
    Girl I know just how you feel.. your blog made me remember last year for me, and I do realize I did not plan.. I mean yea I made plans for other things but I did not plan how I would work my program, and still enjoy the Holidays.. I was bitten by the "Holiday weight gain" will that happen this year.? well I sure do not want it to but like you said if we have a plan and keep it posted who knows the bite might not be so hard..

    One good thing we have the tools to get through this such as

    Tracking.. track, track, and track..sometimes you might even have to 'write it before you bite it:

    Spark, and more spark.. yes spark has some great tips, tools, and suggestions on the site all for getting through the Holidays.. I try to read one or two a day..

    Members.. I don't have to tell you how much the member support is around here but really now is the time to use it and depend on it
    and one thing for sure, I am here for you..together we can and will get through the Holiday's
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    1383 days ago
  • v JANETRIS
    Menu planning and making meals ahead....sounds like a winner to me! I'm loving your progress. Even though some days weren't as you had planned, you have still managed to come out on top! Way to forge ahead and plan! emoticon
    1383 days ago
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