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Planning is so important.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The last few days I have only been mediocre. I wasn't tracking, I was being spur of the moment with my meals. Like the rest of my life, I have been very disorganized. I have maintained exercising. Mostly running. I don't exactly have a strength plan (how I dream of hiring a trainer).

I get weighed tomorrow so I will see what's up then. Or down. A girl can dream. I haven't been really "bad", I just haven't been paying attention. First order of business is:

start PLANNING MEALS.

It doesn't have to be extravagant, it's just that I've noticed that I delay making decisions so by the time I'm ready to eat I'm so hungry that I'm willing to lower my standards. Was I planning a healthy fruit and veggie infused protein smoothie, but the counter is too cluttered to make said smoothie? Oh, I guess I'll have this yogurt. Ok I'll have another. Ooh and an apple. And a coffee. Yea. That's a well balanced meal. I just need a bit of structure so I know when and what I'm eating. I've noticed that works best for me.

I don't think I'm doing horrible with my fitness goals. Of course, my bar is pretty low. This is to ensure that I make my goals and feel like a winner. emoticon (Wish we had one of those #1 foam hands for sporting events in the emoticon choices. One day.) It's not cheating if I'm getting it done. A little is always better than none.

I'll check back later. I think it might be nap time.
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SORTIZA99 2/13/2013 3:10AM

    Planning indeed is important.

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MASE72 1/21/2013 12:45PM

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FIRECOM 1/19/2013 7:54PM

    Planning. Hmmm. I need a plan on how to plan. I am trying to make weekly meal planners to very limited success. Since I took over the cooking duties for the two of us (DW had a stroke) I have great admiration for all of you moms out there who have done it for years and never really being appreciated for it.

Thank You.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 1/19/2013 7:52PM

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MELAFYAIYAI 1/19/2013 1:08PM

    A little IS better than none, and can lead to a little more, too! Keep it up!

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LULUBELLE65 1/19/2013 10:20AM

    The crock pot is your friend. You can make something awesome and healthy and come home to a great smelling kitchen and a ready meal. And if you're clever, you can turn the remains of that meal into another great meal later in the week.

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SOUTHERNSMILES 1/18/2013 8:33PM

    I don't like cooking at all. So when the counters are cluttered or there are dishes in the sink, I just turn around and walk out. I can so relate to your response and the resulting grazing on whatever snack food can be easily eaten without preparation. Thank you for the reminder that I need to be more diligent in my planning and organization.

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MARYJEANSL 1/18/2013 7:32PM

  You are getting there! I can so relate to the 'cluttered counter so I can't cook' syndrome. In fact, I am sitting at B&N after having finished a cup of chili for supper for that very reason. It's tough to accomplish things when any area of life is
cluttered - but since you know this, you are already on the way to fix it. Best of luck! You can do it!

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KRISCOREEVES 1/18/2013 6:28PM

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4KWALK 1/18/2013 10:18AM

    It is a major accomplishment when you can identify the areas that you need to work on. So the next major accomplishment is to start to slowly make changes to help in those areas.

You are over halfway to a solution because you have identified the problem. emoticon

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SCCUDDLERS 1/18/2013 8:08AM

    Meal planning is so worth it! Not only does it lead to healthier choices but I find it save money by keeping us from dining out at the last minute.

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STALEYK 1/18/2013 6:04AM

    I too struggle with planning my meals. There are many times when I just come home and try to fix something quickly with what we have. I am working on it! emoticon emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 1/18/2013 6:03AM

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LIFETIMER54 1/18/2013 6:02AM

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CM_GARDNER78 1/17/2013 11:54PM

    Planning is SO HARD! Ugh! I have no idea why, but it is somewhere I struggle with SO MUCH!!! Keep working at it - emoticon

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JANETTEB553 1/17/2013 11:47PM

    Yes I am planning to start planning again... emoticon

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FATHINSN 1/17/2013 11:20PM

    Agree! I like to plan for something and leave spaces for amendments because of unpredictable situations.

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HORSEY177 1/17/2013 11:11PM

    I will simply leave you with a quote from Ben Franklin: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
You can change all that and take control of your life and make it better. But the choice is yours.....clean those counters...then mark on your tracker you did upper body workout! Use life to your advantage and enjoy it in good health you created for yourself! emoticon

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FITMARTI 1/17/2013 8:33PM

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SPRINGBABY80 1/17/2013 6:51PM

  This is absolutely important, if not I find to be off track. I prepare what I need the night before and take it from their. On the go you will be willing to eat anything. So to keep success you must plan and prepare for success.

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CEEMAY 1/17/2013 4:08PM

    I couldn't agree more about the value of planning. Even though it is not always easy or convenient I find that planning meals and tracking them is critical for my success. Good for you for doing the self reflection to move in the right direction~ emoticon

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LANDWALKER 1/17/2013 3:20PM

    I find if i dont plan my eating then i can stray off track very easily..anymore i only buy snacks that are good for me that way when i do stray, at least it wont be horribly off track! your half way there with the consistent exercising though..keep up the great work emoticon

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THEGILLS2006 1/17/2013 3:16PM

    I have had a couple days lately where I was not planning for anything. Goodluck emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 1/17/2013 2:07PM

    sympathize with your lack of organization. with our lives so busy and full its hard to keep it all together. You're wishing for a trainer I wish I could hire somebody to do all my food shopping and then go home and cook it for me. If I could just sit down and eat whatever they tell me to it would be so much easier. But we'll keep at it and hopefully it will all come together. emoticon

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JACKIE542 1/17/2013 2:00PM

    Great on the exercise. Small steps on planning and you will be a complete package. emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/17/2013 12:32PM

    Plan and enable one's self to put that plan into action. The second part is hard for me. I can plan all day. It is the action part that eludes me at times.

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TRACYLYNN853 1/17/2013 12:27PM

    I have to plan. If I don't, everything is off.

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DRB13_1 1/17/2013 11:51AM

    planning is so critical
regarding meal planning, often I will look at what I've eaten in the past (favorites) and see what "go to" meals I can reproduce that worked in the past and helped me feel full and satisfied. This year I pledge to increase both soup and salad - that can often turn into a meal in itself (either one).
wishing you all the best! emoticon

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DJC0821 1/17/2013 9:27AM

  Congratulations on keeping up with the exercise! Most of us are easily knocked off track with that as well as the meal planning. Maybe you could plan 30 minutes this weekend to get your meal plan together for the following week? I find it helpful to actually write it down and stick it on the front of my fridge. Good luck!

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JBEAUFORD 1/17/2013 9:11AM

    Ive learned planning can make or break your success. Good luck getting back on track!

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FARIS71 1/17/2013 9:02AM

    Planning IS so major!! And it takes almost nothing to get me off track. Gotta work on that for sure.

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BRASKIN 1/17/2013 7:29AM

  sounds like my week! Planning is key...so no over eating and underplanning for the upcoming week!! emoticon

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AJB121299 1/17/2013 7:20AM

    Good luck

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SPSPSP1 1/17/2013 5:10AM

    My suggestion-- don't call what you're doing mediocre. Keep focusing on what you have done "right" to take care of yourself. After all, it takes time to build new habits. Congrats on all your success so far!

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EWINSLO 1/17/2013 1:38AM

    Ah, I understand exactly what you mean! Life can be so crazy and even when I have the best of intentions it is hard. Good luck!

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KOFFEENUT 1/16/2013 6:45PM

    I know what you mean - planning isn't always my strong suit when it comes to meals! (Ooh, I'd like a smoothie. Where did I put the recipe? Does it take milk or yogurt? Oh, I don't have either. Hmm. I DO have popcorn, and since DH isn't home that qualifies as dinner....). Good for you for at least staying consistent with your exercise! Now all you have to do is layer tracking/planning on top....

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