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A Promise Kept: My Plan

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The was far more daunting a job than I ever expected it to be, as "having a plan" comes pretty naturally to me in most instances. But for some reason, this kind of plan, where I am the subject and recipient, isn't nearly the same as solving problems at work or for others. Just learning that is an interesting experience. I thought I had moved beyond the "you have to make time for yourself" stage of all this, but I guess there is always more to learn, more to do in that area. I also find it interesting that I thought this to be so difficult, given that really, the plan is quite simple.
So, without further ado..here is my put it on paper and out in public plan...

ACTIONS:

I've divided my action plan into 3 different areas: exercise, water and diet.

1. Exercise

Because I joined the Boot Camp for Your Body team on SP, the 1st month will follow the boot camp program, which as I understand it is 30 minutes of cardio 5 days/week, M - F, and ST 6 days/wk, M - Sa, and a 10 min cardio video on Sunday.

After the boot camp is done, from the second month on, my minimum will be 30 minutes of cardio 6 days per week (Sunday off) and 3 days of ST (Tu, Th, Sa).

At some point, I will increase either the time or the intensity of my cardio work. Not sure when, I will "listen to my body" on this. But ultimately, I need to do this, I know. This was a real sticking point for me during my good run last year. From Jan to May, I was so determined to up the time to 45 minutes that by May I had stressed myself into taking a whole month off, because time was a real issue for me, and still might be. So, I am going to do the 30 I know I can do, and if ultimately I need more, I might just up the intensity of the 30 instead of extending the time.. No pressure on myself here, one way or the other I will get what I need.

2. Water

I will strive for 8 glasses of water per day.

3. Diet

I will eat in the range of 1500 to 1700 calories per day. I will strive to include at least 5 fruits and vegetables per day. My daily eating will include snacks of approximately 150 calories each in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I will not eat after 8 o'clock at night. This is to stave off my personal kryptonite: late night eating. If it means going to bed at 8 at night, so be it.

GOALS

Weight goal: lose 2 lbs/week
Activity goal: to be outside, riding a bicycle, by May

REWARDS

Okay, I'm having some trouble with the reward stuff.. but I have a few things I definitely know I want to use as rewards (I'll need that bike I'm planning on riding in May, massages, pedicures..), I'm just having a tough time figuring out when the rewards should be given. Part of me thinks that if I know in my heart of hearts that I am working as hard as I can, I should reward myself for every week or two of good work. Part of me thinks I should have a concrete criteria to go by, the most obvious being actual weight loss, like something every 10 lbs. So, I guess I'm working on the Rewards part of my plan. I'm up for any suggestions, by the way, from the most wonderful group of people I know, my Spark Buddies who are my friends, teachers and inspiration..
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  • NO-41_RAZZYS_PL
    EXCELLENT plan, T, & like you... this was really a struggle for me. I think Lynn's got some gr8 ideas, and I like her increments of 5 lbs myself- I've even set my ticker to ONLY show a 5 lb goal at a time. If I look at the BIG pic, it gets pretty overwhelming, but the baby steps... give me hope. Not every *gifting/reward/award* needs to be an expensive pedicure or spa day type gift. Even, buying a pretty pair of panties, or a fav magazine at the check out... or... maybe a spa type CD of new age style music... or... a hand full of really pretty postcards that you can use to make yourself an inspiration board... the ideas are ENDLESS sooo... maybe we should brainstorm & come up with a gad-zillion inexpensive but very NICE gifts... hmm... could be do-able. ::hugs::
    3983 days ago
  • OMELYN
    The reward thing stumps me, too. I've always been an intrinsic vs extrinsic sort of girl, both personally, and in the classroom. But, I know that those little stickers, stamps and Leadership notes go a long way toward "getting my little folks on board" and the longer I do this the more I realize we are all just little folks in grown up clothing. So, I am rethinking this one as I read the spark book.

    I say, a little reward every week for keeping at it, such as a tub soak, or healthy food treat that you don't usually buy cause it costs more. Then a bigger reward for every 10 (or 5 if you ask me) pounds lost. Like a new top, or mani or pedi etc.

    But, you know what will motivate you best!

    You go, my friend!
    3984 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    Feeling good about yourself, and being healthier has to be the best award!!! I think your plan for every ten pounds is good, but what should the award be, I don't know. I never awarded myself, but I guess buying new clothes is always fun?
    3984 days ago
  • BANKER-CHUCK
    One of your rewards should be given at the start, if you have a reward program, just because you "started". Reward yourself often because it is a reminder why you are on the program. Rewards are for trying whether you reach your goal or not. If you have a goal program it needs to be positive. Not giving yourself a reward is a negative that leans towards the word failure.
    Personally I don't like the reward program because of its negative connotations. I set goals, and if I miss a goal one week I will try my best to correct it for the next week.

    It is good to have a exercise and eating plan goals that includes a quantitative measurement. Good luck with your plan.
    3984 days ago
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