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Monday, April 07, 2014

April 7, 2014

I'm making a new start today, with a fresh commitment to a healthy lifestyle. I really think this time will be different (i.e., that I'll stick with it, and not give up after a few days). I feel a lot more committed this time. This time I feel like I *really want* to get back in shape and lose those 20 lbs.

I think in the recent past when I started a new 'commitment' to lose weight on various occasions, I wasn't really 'committed'. I didn't have a long-term plan, for one thing. After a couple of days, I would just come home from work, do things at home for a while until I was really hungry, and then (of course) end up going for something that was quick and easy. Because ... I hadn't planned properly! I think that PLANNING and TRACKING will be two keys to success. Planning will involve having healthy food options in the pantry / fridge, and planning ahead of time what I'm going to have for meals and healthy snacks. No more "whatever I feel like, when I'm already way too hungry". That's setting myself up for failure.

Also, with spring having arrived, it will be easier to get out for walks after work. I know that exercise is key to getting fit, and I want to be disciplined to get out the door for a walk even when I don't feel like it. And I know from past experience that once I get out there I'll feel better for it and will be glad I made that choice!

Drinking lots of water and beverages like herbal tea is another part of my commitment.

I'm also going to read the book, "Retrain Your Brain, Reshape Your Body", written by Georgia D. Andrianopoulos, Ph.D. According to the write-up on the cover, the author addresses the common way in which our brain seeks to balance out stress we encounter in life with something that will make us feel better -- food -- and offers a program to help the reader rebalance and retrain the brain to eliminate food cravings that cause overeating. I think that addressing this psychological part of overeating / eating the wrong foods is really important for me, as I typically overeat / eat unhealthy foods not due to hunger, but due to cravings, boredom, etc.

So .... April 7, 2014 .... starting .... NOW !!!!!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANGORA4 4/12/2014 1:06AM

    Good for you! Excellent planning.

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    Great plan! Sounds like a good book, too. Let us know what you think about it.

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    Sounds like you have a plan and the determination needed to succeed. Way to go for you!
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WOUBBIE 4/7/2014 10:14AM

    The key seems to be habits and routines. As long as healthy eating and exercising are something you have to consciously think about. they will be an effort and you will backslide, feel guilty, backslide worse, and, well, we all know how that goes!

What 1 or 2 small habits can you start this month that are non-negotiable and are just "how I live now"? Making sure you drink x amount of water? Ten minutes a day of SOME kind of exercise, no excuses? No sugar? Healthy breakfast every single morning.regardless of what's planned or not planned for the rest of the day?

Get those down for a month and then add a couple new ones. A year from now you'll be glad you started today!

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NELLJONES 4/7/2014 8:30AM

    Planning and tracking are essential for any goal, whether it's weight loss or, say, getting a college degree. When going to college, you plan, they track. With weight loss you have to do both on your own.

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DUXGRL1 4/7/2014 6:41AM

    Totally agree about the planning. That sounds like a great book, will be anxious to hear your feedback on that. So much of this issue is emotional eating, certainly, for me too!

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DRAGONSDAWN 4/7/2014 4:42AM

    Having a plan always makes things easier.
I'm starting again today too.

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