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Managing expectations

Wednesday, March 06, 2013


I am never going to gain a single pound again!
I am going to exercise an hour a night every night!
I am only ever going to drink water!
I am never going to eat sweets again!

Ya right...

I'm looking at my goals today and I asked myself. You know where you want to be, you understand the big picture of what has to take place to make that happen but how are you going to do it?

Am I ever going to fall off my desired path again? Well given the fact that I'm awake and breathing I'm going to have to say yes I most likely will. Really I think right now what I want to manage is identifying what causes me to derail and what I can put in place to get that to happen less frequently.

Last reason I derailed - Got sick and stopped exercising and tracking food.

Short of living in a bubble I am going to be in contact with the outside world and occasional get sick. I really don't see any other way to get back on track than force when this happens. I'm a big girl and I need to remind myself of the expectations I've set.

Most common reason for derailing - Special occasions that involve food. Easter, Mother's day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas...um...summer bbq, family get together, out with friends, hockey games, soccer games. Life.

Last night I sat and actually made a chart to map out times of year I need to be cautious and it didn't take long before it occurred to me that each day is no different than the other. Last weekend we went to a soccer game and then we all went out for dinner and drinks. Last night friends came over for dinner and brought a large bottle of wine. Next weekend I have a huge dinner party planned, two weeks after that we have another soccer game and dinner planned and oh look, here comes Easter and all those wonderful chocolates. There is always going to be something, some big event that I have to be careful of but when I put it on paper that's not when I get derailed. If anything the "special occasions" in my life are the ones I handle the best because I plan for them and make sure I'm very aware of what is going into my body. Where I slip up is on the day to day choices. Making sure that I have healthy snacks around, getting my meals planned out for the week to make sure we are eating healthy every day not just when it's convenient. Getting my exercise in. These choices are where I need to put more focus on and those little changes will be what makes the most important impact.

At the end of it all I mapped out that in all likeliness I'll average 1/4 to 1/2 a pound a week. Not a huge loss but here's the thing. It's a loss and if I wasn't making the small changes I would be gaining. I will be smaller a month from now, and a month from then and a month from then. I'll be healthier, more in control and let's face...damn cute.
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ICBNIC 3/8/2013 9:36PM

    :) every little bit helps! My mom would always remind us that to eat an elephant you do it one bite at a time and the same is true of losing weight. THere is only one pound at a time to focus on. Good for you!!! You can do it!

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