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Refiguring Plans and Rewards.... Yet Again

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Happy Wednesday Spark World!

I made it to the gym again today. Felt good - but I really had to drag myself! I got home and made my poached egg and green smoothie, hopped in the shower, then laid down for a 40 minute nap before running off to work.

After some thought about the subject of yesterday's blog (lack of drive) I think I have come up with a plan. I always manage to come up with these plans but they do not stick. I need some goals and some rewards to keep me going. I need to stick with the basics. I don't know if I will be dedicated enough to continue tracking calorie, as I have not been that dedicated lately.

So I think for a couple of months I will try eating well 25 days a month and workout at least 4x a week. Eating well as in feeling like I made good choices for the day. No tracking calories, just going by what I have learned over the years. I may track this on my running calendar with highlighters or something. I will reward myself for each month. If I reach BOTH goals I will get a reward. Whether it is a new purse shell (I have a Miche purse - they are pretty dang cool!), or a new outfit, or new workout clothes/equipment. I will set the goal before the beginning of the month, each month, this way I know that my reward is something that I will still be able to get (not out of season or something).

I really hope that being a little bit more diligent with my eating, but not to the point of tracking calories, because I just don't anymore. Some days I will, sure, but that will not be what I rely on. I think during the next couple of months I will probably learn a lot. Hopefully I maintain my weight (or lose!!) and hopefully I find that I've lost some inches. If this works I will continue that way, if it doesn't work, I will revise! For this month I am on track with my workouts and I have had 2 splurge days.

I am going to get my next 2 workouts done the next 2 mornings then we are off to the ocean for the weekend. I hope to still eat well while we are there - not binge on fried food or chocolate. No french toast for breakfast followed by chicken strips and french fries followed by pizza and ice cream. I will remain conscious and I will allow myself to enjoy some foods I haven't recently, but I will not allow myself to go crazy for 2-1/2 days!

So, here we go - on a new plan again.

**reward this month will be a new Miche shell :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ARUNNINGKAT 5/9/2013 3:24PM

    It definitely sounds like you are on the right track. I wish I had a instant cure for the "make-a-plan-but-don't-follow-it" ailment... I am definitely guilty so much of the time. It is like I am lacking a "fire in the belly" or fierce determination that I really need and I am not sure how to get it. Sometimes at the end of the day I just decide not to do my quick ST workout routine even though I know I need to in order to meet my goals. So frustrated with myself sometimes! However, I know we can both do this! We can all get past our previously missed goals and be victorious! I think your plan is great because it is very do-able! I am coming to the conclusion that being starving hungry all the time is counter-productive. The right good food and a few splurges is turning out to be a key for me.

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IRP1114 5/9/2013 1:07PM

    Way to go getting to the gym! A reward system is a great idea : )! Enjoy the weekend away emoticon

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KIMPY225 5/9/2013 10:19AM

    Good luck! The rewards sound good! Don't forget to be proud of yourself for the whole process too!


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GINGERHAWK 5/8/2013 4:28PM

  I love it when a plan comes together. I also like the idea of less tracking and more intuitive eating. I want to get to that place, too. The tracker is really helpful but sometimes Sparking takes up more time than what it should in my day. I've already cut back a bit on my SP time, but I'd like to see some more progress on that front. Good luck with the new plan and enjoy your time at the ocean!

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ALLIEALLIE2 5/8/2013 4:04PM

    Sounds good emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 5/8/2013 3:38PM

    Very good! I think you'll be very happy and proud if you don't go all out for 2.5 days. A treat here and there is great and does relatively little damage!

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