I fell off the wagon this year, but I'm getting back up again.
Part of me wishes everything continued to go smoothly in my last attempt to lose all of my excess weight, which there is a lot of that, but another part of me is glad that I had to opportunity to learn from both my successes and failures from my latest weight-loss attempt.
Actually, over the past 15 or so months, I've lost 57 pounds and gained back about 87 pounds. Yikes! I not only fell off the wagon, I let it roll me over a few times too.
But had I not experienced that, I may never have truly realized the importance of planning and preparation.
Sure, I knew that each of these things were important before, but not quite like I do now.
Now I'm planning everything well in advance, preparing as if I'll already too busy to plan and prepare later on, so I don't find myself in a bind when I really am too busy.
What do I mean by that?
Before I would plan my meals each week, find myself short on time to plan and shop and then put everything in motion. Sometimes I did okay, and sometimes I ended up eating convenience food for a week while I didn't have time to do the necessary shopping and cooking.
Yikes. That was a disaster. It wasn't so bad in the beginning of my journey before, but later on, everything started to unravel. I got busy. I took shortcuts. I messed up royally.
That's not the only reason I so call "fell off the wagon," but it certainly is a big part of that process.
So, this time I'm in the process of creating a bunch of menus in advance, shopping lists to go with them, and my fitness routine is already set.
All I'll have to do then is chose which menu I want, grab the associated shopping list, shop and cook.
That may not seem like a major thing for some people, but for me the planning part was difficult. I rarely made recipes because family recipes had to be entered into the recipe calculator and that would of course eat up extra time.
I plan on doing that still, but not as much. I think it's time I take advantage of the resource I have of having a bunch of pre-calorie-counted recipes already at hand.
Then, I am going to track emergency food selections. In other words, if I don't have time to shop, I'm going to have some selections made already to get me through without messing me up. I'll already know which sub I will buy at Subway and such, or where I will buy breakfast and what that might be. I'll figure out several of these plans so that no matter where I end up going, I will have a plan in hand.
I figure that will be a good idea because I find myself too often without time to shop, or sometime time to cook the food I've already bought.
I don't have anyone to shop or cook for me, so I have to be prepared for those moments when I can't do it myself and have to resort to convenience food.
Life is busy. Convenience food happens. It just doesn't have to increase one's waistline if one doesn't let it.
After all of that is set, I think I will have back up fitness routines figured out for when I don't have time for the usual routine. I'll track in advance how many calories I can burn during a lunch break if I walk or do something like that instead of my usual recumbent bike or aquatherapy routine. I'll do my best to match my normal calorie burning levels with these plans, so nothing gets thrown out of wack.
I think that will help me a lot, all of that preparation. I wish only I had known how important it would be before, because then maybe I wouldn't have ended up gaining back everything I lost and then some.
Well at least now I know that when things are done properly, the weight will just come melting off again.
So I'm off to finish my preparations and also off to beginning my first week back on Spark.