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Beach Challenge Strategies


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I am focusing and working hard to stay on my weight loss track.

During this past winter, I lost weight that I had regained in the fall.
During my recent trip to Central America, I watched my portions carefully and lost a pound.

Now I am at the beach. I will be here for the month of July.

I have never been able to lose weight at the beach.
At best, I have put on only five pounds.

I am determined to make this summer different.
I do not want to gain even one pound this summer.
If I could actually lose some weight, I would be very happy.

I have already made one change: I am not eating any of the traditional crumb cake that my husband often buys in the morning.
I have promised myself I will not have ANY of that crumb cake all summer long.

The challenge for me at the beach is that we usually have lots of company here.
I am always making and serving food for guests -- usually three meals a day.
In addition, there are all kinds of snack foods available.
Also, because we have guests, I find it more difficult to break away and go off by myself to exercise. As a result, I don't walk as much as usual.

Having more food around and exercising less is what eventually leads to the weight gain.



As I write this blog, I am trying to identify the issues that have defeated me in the past so that I can come up with realistic strategies to deal with them differently this year.

Here are my strategies:

I will keep healthful snacks in the house: fresh vegetables and fruits that I can enjoy without adding unwanted calories.

I will continue to watch my portion sizes -- and keep them smaller.

Just for tomorrow - we will have no company. (Our friends are coming on Friday.)

So for tomorrow - I will walk in the morning for an hour.

In fact, I will walk at least every other morning when we do not have company.

Also, I will walk on some days when we DO have company.
I will just have to wake up for an earlier start to the day.

I will not let more than two days go by without walking.

Finally, each and every day I will continue to track everything I eat -- and I will stay within the calorie range.

If I do go over the calorie range, I will walk the following morning for sure.



If I can conquer this challenging beach environment this year -- and maintain my healthful eating and exercising behaviors -- this will be a major accomplishment for me.

I would like to prove to myself that I can do it.

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IMPROVINGME 7/9/2013 1:28PM

    Great strategies! Hope things are working out for you and that you're really enjoying your beach vacation.

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CARRAND 7/4/2013 6:51PM

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VALERIEMAHA 7/4/2013 5:57PM

    lol -- After reading your blog my *very* first thought was EXACTLY what "Morticia" said! Maybe your guests will want to amp up their wellness also!

Remember when we went to yoga together? I'll never forget meeting you...and your graciousness during my impromptu visit -- definitely a memorable experience.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/4/2013 11:26AM

    I hope that one of your guests will want to want with you. Best of all worlds. You have a great plan. Good luck!

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BOOKAPHILE 7/4/2013 12:53AM

    Good planning! You can do this!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/3/2013 10:17PM

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