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?