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Back to Basics Calendar

Friday, June 07, 2013

Even after maintaining a year, I have found myself struggling, so ten days ago I made a calendar that focuses on three daily goals: calories within range, alcohol within personal limits (and lower than my previous limit), and getting to bed at a time that allows me at least six hours of shuteye (nominally 8:30 - 9:00 on a work night). Then I bought a package of gold stars to reward myself and keep a visual track. I started on May 28 rather than June 1, because I figured waiting for the new month would just let me rationalize bingeing, as has happened in the past.

So ten days in, here's how I'm doing:
C (calories): 7/10 with one major blowout. The other two were minor overages.
A (alcohol): 8/10 at the lower limit. The other two days were at my previous limit.
B (bedtime): 9/10 and I do feel better for making sleep a priority

All in all, though it's not perfect, I don't think it's a bad start, and the calendar shows where I need to improve. Before SparkPeople, I probably would have thought things like this calendar and my vision collage to be embarrassing and cheesy, but I'm living my success, and if others see I'm not embarrassed by displaying my goals prominently, perhaps it will help them.

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CARRAND 6/10/2013 9:00AM


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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/9/2013 7:13PM

    Wow, that's a fantastic start - great job! I'm not at all embarrassed of my dancing monkey stickers, except for when I neglect to reward myself with them:)

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KAB7801 6/8/2013 10:42AM

    Very good idea! No embarrassment there

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CAMEOANDLACE 6/8/2013 8:26AM

    You know exactly what you need to do! Good for you. I think others will see your calendar as a positive. They likely know they should be doing it too!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/7/2013 5:23PM

    emoticon idea!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKRUNNER404 6/7/2013 5:22PM

    I like this idea a lot! You got emoticon numbers I think, especially considering new goals you made.

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MISSB8604 6/7/2013 12:36PM

    REALLY great idea, I hope it works out for you. You deserve it.

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/7/2013 11:16AM

    I think visuals like this are awesome! It really helps to have something to look at and see exactly where you are and where you want to improve! Hang in there! emoticon

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JANET552 6/7/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon If it works, do it. I think you are doing an awesome job and I predict there will be more gold stars in your future!

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KANOE10 6/7/2013 9:22AM

    The calendar and gold stars is a great idea. You sound like you are off to a good start on your goals. When you maintain you need to look for new motivators as we all go through times when the old motivators do not work. You show strength by finding something new. I am also cutting back on my alcohol and feel better. It is too easy to forget that it has calories.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/7/2013 9:11AM

    Great start! Keep moving forward and be proud of yourself!


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MANDELOVICH 6/7/2013 8:52AM

    I like it. Nice reasonable goals and great tracking.
I was just thinking today how important sleep is and that if that was the only change I made, I bet I'd feel a million percent better!

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KALIGIRL 6/7/2013 8:30AM

    emoticon idea - I can relate being a 'visual' person myself - and BTW
emoticon on your success (perfection is for the birds...)

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POINDEXTRA 6/7/2013 8:20AM

    Sounds like a terrific start to me. It's notcheesy if it works!

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BRADMILL2922 6/7/2013 8:11AM

    You should live your success! It isn't perfect like you said but it is a good start! 80% is going in the positive direction!

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