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Planning & Preparing


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Apparently Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” and I believe this is a huge part of my journey of weight loss and getting healthy.

I just started back on Sparkpeople 27 days ago. After leaving spark people 3 times before, I knew I would have to take things slow and change how I operate. That's why at this point I am focusing mostly on my relationship with food. I will become more aggressive with exercise in the upcoming months, but I know I have to lay a good foundation of healthy eating in order to succeed this time.

Preparing food for life situations can be difficult. Right now I am working at a Coffee Shop, I love my job but after 9 months there, I saw a big weight gain. I wouldn't pack lunches/dinners and would feast on pastries and other high fat/calorie food and drinks on breaks. I could easily drink over 1000 calories a day in beverages. I looked up calorie counts one day and was shocked. 440 calories in my favourite cookie, 400 calories in my favourite latte. No wonder I had gained weight! When you are hungry and don't prepare, you will grab whatever looks good and what you think will fill you up.

So for the past 27 days I have been bringing lunches or dinners. I bring healthy snacks and have looked at the menu for low fat/low calorie drink options. I try not to drink more then 300 calories in a shift. I am limiting the added sugar in my drinks. I love saving money, so free drinks on break is a mental game for me, I have to have it otherwise I feel like I'm wasting money. Sometimes I even get the biggest ice water with a splash of unsweetened tea on top for a little taste. Being educated about what I am eating is the key, I can no longer live in ignorant bliss.

Yesterday threw me for a loop though. I was called in early as someone was sick. Instead of my 8 hour shift in the late afternoon/evening, I would be there for over 10 hours including both meal periods. I didn't know how much food to bring and ran out by dinner time. It ended up resulting in purchasing some food. Regardless I still make the best decisions I could picking a bagel at 280 calories. I still managed to stay in my ranges (at the top end). This upcoming weekend I will be at a family cottage and trying to prepare myself for how I will eat. I don't want to derail any of my progress in my life change. Tomorrow I will go grocery shopping to try and find foods to eat for meals and snacks. I will bring my water cup to use instead of indulging in soda or alcohol. Perhaps I will get a low fat treat to eat while my family snacks on baked goods or chips.

So life needs to be a little more organized now that I am on the healthy life journey. So far it is paying off. My clothes, while not lose, are not as snug as they used to be. When I wake up, I don't feel bloated. I've lost almost 14 pounds and overall just feeling better about the state I'm in.
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AB1GAIL 7/24/2014 2:27AM

    Well said! I love your blog. You write so well and you hit on a very important point for those of us trying to lose weight. Planning and tracking has definitely been the key for me so far. In the past I thought that i could just "eat healthy" but then once I started tracking i realized that I don't seem to know what that is. Tracking has opened my eyes!

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RENLLY 7/23/2014 11:57AM

    It's true - I do better when I plan my lunches and snacks for when I am at work.

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