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Making the MOST of the last quarter - Tales from 100# Down

Friday, September 20, 2013

It's almost October. I love the last quarter of the year. I enjoy the change of season with it's fall colors, autumn harvest, pending holidays and times of family gatherings. So often we WAIT until the New Year to think about "self-improvement" and goal-setting but WHY WAIT?

THREE months is a long time! With some careful planning and goal-setting I can make some serious progress which will take me into the NEW YEAR with momentum. Here is the thing. I can't cave to the food fest that begins at Halloween and runs through New Year's Day! I have to have a plan. I have to set some goals. I can't approach this with anything less than my full attention or I will stumble over the candy corn, pecan pie, Christmas cookies, and half-price holiday treats when it's all over. I know me! I know my past! I know it has to be different!

There are 91 days from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1. That's 13 weeks. I have been on this journey for three years and two months so for me to lose a pound a week is a lot. I also know that with my birthday and anniversary falling in December that there will be some special meals. That does NOT mean I'm not going to track my food and give my best effort but I am going to be reasonable and set my goal to lose .8 per week or a total of 10.4 pounds by Jan. 1. That's reasonable but not if I graze through all these food holidays ahead.

Fitness has been a KEY change for me. I have committed to doing a DVD program with some friends for several weeks straight plus plan to do a 5k race in each of the three months. I also plan to continue to get a minimum of 60 minutes on the elliptical per day.

Nutrition - FULL tracking EVERY day of EVERY bite even days where I go over. It's essential and it keeps me from going to far out of the boundaries!

Special Day plans. I will have a plan in place for every special holiday, event, and food gathering in the next three months. This means that I will pre-select WHAT I will order for my birthday meal and adjust the rest of the day's caloric input to accommodate it.

The NO list - Somethings just require me to say NO. I will NOT buy half-price Halloween candy or Christmas treats. I will not participate in a cookie exchange. I will not ask for food items for birthday or Christmas gifts. I will NOT use special days as an excuse for poor eating and lack of exercise!

FOCUS - I will revisit my goal list WEEKLY to see how I'm doing. If something needs tweaking I won't wait until January 1st to do so.

There are so many non-food ways to have fun in this festive time of year that I need to keep the food ones to a bare minimum. Things I CAN enjoy that are calorie free include: corn maze, pumpkin carving, autumn leaf viewing and collecting, decorating the house for each holiday, crafting gifts for the holidays, playing seasonal music, watching holiday movies and specials, holiday display viewing, building a fire in the fireplace, participating in a charity holiday drive, etc. I will plan to have seasonal fun that does not involve open mouth insert food!

I can SUCCEED. I have done it over and over and I can KEEP doing it! I just have to plan and EXECUTE the plan.

Making my Autumn Run for Health!

Away I go!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ARKCMOM 9/25/2013 9:39PM

    Thank you! I, too, love October November and December.. and I too, run for the 1/2 price candy. With your permission, I'd like to print this out and keep it nearby to help keep myself on track!

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DEEGIRL50 9/25/2013 5:06AM

    emoticon Blog! Thank you for kicking us up for the last quarter. We can enter the New Year on a run toward healthy 'n fit.
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MYTHMYTH 9/23/2013 9:29AM

    Your blogs are always helpful in getting me to focus my thinking. Thanks.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/22/2013 7:42PM

    Saw your intro post over on the Spark Activity Tracker team... and I'm thinking "kindred spirit" vibes are coming across. Love your plan. I do better when I HAVE a plan than when I don't, even if I don't follow it perfectly. I especially like your "NO" list, as the "bargain" for something that's very bad for me is no bargain at all!

I'm about to hit the "add friend" button... hope you're cool with that!

- Barb

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/21/2013 4:42PM

    Thanks for blogging, Suze. I always take something away from it.

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JCRAFT6 9/21/2013 4:10PM

    Thanks for sharing. I think I need to do something like that. I know the BLC will help but I need to be aware. Thanks again

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CRAFTYMOM2 9/21/2013 3:43PM

    What a great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LETHA_ 9/21/2013 12:24PM

    Most excellent post!

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ANNETTE117 9/21/2013 11:52AM

    Great ideas. I am going to borrow them all and add a few more. I would just add sledding and building a snowman to the exercise column. You are an inspiration.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/21/2013 11:20AM

    great blog and it sure shows why you are successful

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SUSIEMT 9/21/2013 10:39AM

    Very good blog! I will copy and paste it as a reminder for myself!

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L*I*T*A* 9/21/2013 10:10AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/21/2013 7:03AM

    I'd like you to know that I am using your blog as a template to plan how I intend to handle fall through New Year's. I too would like to be at least 10 more pounds down by that time, and I know I can do so if I plan as carefully as you have. You hit each of the major stumbling blocks, and you have ideas for what will work for you. Now I'm going to do the same for me--outline my major stumbling blocks and detail exactly what I'll do for each.

Thank you so much for pointing the way down the path.

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DISCOVERLLH 9/21/2013 6:42AM

    I love how well-thought out your plan is! You absolutely can do it! I can't wait to read about all your seasonal success in your New Year's post!
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TRISTAROSE 9/21/2013 6:25AM

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BABYSTEPS123 9/21/2013 5:43AM

    Great goals! I have yet to navigate my way through these upcoming months successfully. I've maintained some years, but never kept the downward cycle going, and then had to struggle to get back on track. I'm going to copy & paste some of your goals & add them to mine! Thanks!

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DEBSZOO74 9/21/2013 1:18AM

    Great blog! I especially like the non-food things you listed that can make the holidays and this time of year special. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 9/21/2013 12:31AM

    You're doing great!

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GOING-STRONG 9/20/2013 10:02PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/20/2013 9:56PM

    Great goals--great plans--you can do it!! Happy fall! emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMY7070 9/20/2013 8:46PM

    Great goals. With such a good attitude you will accomplish this. We often forget how much fun this time of year can be without having to always have food in our mouths. Thanks for the great ideas to stay focused and enjoy the upcoming holidays.

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4RASCALS 9/20/2013 7:50PM

    Great advice..

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NASFKAB 9/20/2013 7:13PM

  great plan food should not be the main & no need to buy half price candy keep it up

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KAZZIE531 9/20/2013 6:54PM

    Suzanne...........Your fellow Sapphire Soldiers will NOT let you cave in to any food fests....Not on our watch.

Remember this..... emoticon

"Nothing, absolutely nothing will taste as good as being #1 in BLC23"

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    Great post! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

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JEANNETTE59 9/20/2013 5:50PM

  Excellent Plan emoticon emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 9/20/2013 5:43PM

    Great blog - full of wonderful advice. Everyone can learn something from this!

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