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Structure for 500 Days


Saturday, February 16, 2013

On Tuesday, February 19. I will begin 500 days to healthy weight. I explained in the previous blog that I am thinking of it like a school course; I have assignments to fulfill daily until the span is done.

This blog just contains boring details. I need to record the specifics for my own ongoing reference, and as a public affirmation & record of my determined intention.

It's reasonable to wonder why I didn't simply use 16 months. The main reason is that I wanted a fresh perspective, to shake up my ordinary mental channels. How many times have I started a campaign and not finished out the month? Embarrassing but realistic. I want this to be different, to have particular target dates, distinctive due dates specific to this program. I also wanted to end on July 4, 2014.

Here is my course syllabus. For 500 days...

1. I will track my food on SparkPeople.
2. I will stay in recommended calorie range.
3. I will do a minimum of 20 minutes daily exercise.
4. I will blog each quarter-term report card.

I have been tracking all food scrupulously and exercising consistently for six weeks, to warm up. I can keep going.

Some say if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Now I have a plan. (Note: I tweaked the dates from when I first posted this blog, to more easily keep up with them.....thanks to the wise advice of my best friend dh.)

Each quarter term has a theme:

FIRST SEMESTER
A Activation....begins Feb 19
B Blossoming....begins March 20
C Creativity.....begins April 20
D Delight..........begins May 20

SECOND SEMESTER
E Enrichment....begins June 20 [revised to "Elevate"]
F Fellowship.......begins July 20
G Gratitude........begins August 20
H Habits.............begins September 20

******* Halfway to Graduation! *******

THIRD SEMESTER
I Initiative........begins Oct 20
J Joy...................begins Nov 20
K Kindness.........begins Dec 20
L Laughter.........begins Jan 20, 2014

FOURTH SEMESTER
M Meditation.....begins Feb 20
N Nutrition.........begins March 20
O Opportunity.....begins April 20
P Perseverance.....begins May 20

COMMENCEMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING! ..... July 4, 2014

If I reach goal weight early, or if I revise my goal to maintain at a different weight, I will still complete the tracking, observing the 500 days. My trackers have been public for quite a while. Vigilant nutrition and scheduled exercise is now a life pattern.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHEILA234 3/4/2013 2:31AM

    I love your 500 day plan, and the 'academic course' structure you're using for it --- very creative!! Wishing you all the best with your 500 days of discovery and attainment of your goals!



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NANCY- 2/17/2013 9:16AM

    I love your approach. And plan to steal your style and implement a similar course of action. Having a clearly defined plan makes life easier.
You are ....
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SCHNOOTIE 2/16/2013 10:23PM

    Ingenious!!!!! I applaud you. I really want to know that you are doing okay, and I love the way you have planned it all out!!! You are a great inspiration1

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NITTINNANA 2/16/2013 8:10PM

    Fantastic blog!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/16/2013 7:06PM

    This is incredible!
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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 2/16/2013 6:58PM

    I have no doubt you will graduate with honors on Commencement Day. I will be with you along the way cheering you on and studying on points you share with us. This is marvelous FL.

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AVANELL 2/16/2013 5:21PM

    Great "course" of action! May you achieve your goals with consistency and arrive at your destination right on time! I'm cheering you on!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/16/2013 4:25PM

    Love your approach. I know you are an A+ student and you are going to ace this elective!! Wonder if it will ever become a requirement for graduation??

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LOLEMA 2/16/2013 3:44PM

  Sounds like a good approach

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CHUBBYBUMPER 2/16/2013 3:41PM

    I love the way she has it planned out instead of the same old "I will lose 10 # in two weeks" It gives me ideas for my own "course "to take. Good luck on your "studies" and your charted courses to" graduation'. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 2/16/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon I will cheer for you as you study, and pass all tests with admirable grades...and as you graduate, I will be there to cheer again! emoticon

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BERGBA7 2/16/2013 3:38PM

    wow -that's a really creative and detailed plan! Good for you.
Wishing you all the energy needed to do it!
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