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Questions Answered from the Personal Diaries 08-30-10

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

So with only one week left at camp there have been a few changes. I've been planning, making and eating my own meals as well as living out of camp. You would think that living out and eating my own meals would prove to be a difficult challenge but every morning I find myself getting up getting to the gym, working out, coming home, organizing food for the next day and doing it all over again. At least that is my typical day in a nutshell.

I'm working on making entertainment food a part of my plan and working on always having a plan so I'm not so spontaneous with my eating habits. Friday was an entertainment meal. I thoroughly enjoyed an Protein Style In-N-Out Burger with cheese and no fries or soda. I like cheese so I sacrificed the bun for the cheese and I don't need or enjoy fries or soda all that much so I was able to say no to it.

This Wednesday I am planning to go out for Sushi. I intend to eat a bit more than usual but I do not intend to go crazy with eating sushi. We shall see how it goes, I generally like to get one hand roll, miso soup, sashmi, and either a dessert or alcohol.

Last week I had a few questions that I did not have any answers to. Today I do have those answers quite simply my questions and answers are:

1. How can I control impulsive behavior?

I can control impulsive behavior by having a structured food plan week to week and by planning my entertainment meals so that it is all part of the plan.
2. How can I not feel deprived?

In order to not feel deprived I need to allow myself to eat different varieties of foods I like. I need to plan when I am going to eat for entertainment. Planning is so key. I am a person that needs structure. Knowing that about myself I need to make sure there is always a plan and enough food in the fridge for the plan.
3. How can I understand and prevent the "But I..." and the "F-it" factors?

I can understand that sometimes it will get hard I will feel like saying "F-It!" or "But I..." I need to realize these are excuses for poor behavior. I need to realize that in order to prevent myself from making these excuses, I need to remind myself of my purpose. My purpose is to be successful in a variety of aspects of my life. In order to be successful I need to feel good about myself. Being a healthy weight and healthy overall makes me feel good about myself which will equate to my success. Reminding myself of that will be key in avoiding making excuses for myself. Taking responsibility for my actions will also help in understanding and preventing the "But I..." and "F-It" factors.
4. How will I go to the GYM?

Just like my food having a plan will help me go to the GYM. I am going to join the running club at my school. This month will be spent working up to doing a 7mile run so I can keep up with the runners at my school. By making a commitment to the running club I will be making a commitment to myself and I will have to remind myself of the bigger picture. "IF I go to the gym today I will be stronger for the running club and for myself!"
5. How will I maintain?

I will maintain my new weight by having a plan at all times and plans within plans. Such as the plan is to write out a plan every Sunday. Physically write it down. The plan within the plan is to plan my food and then plan my exercise. Its a commitment just like going to class is. I need to be prepared. I plan out writing papers, this is no different.
6. How will I get involved without food?

I will get involved without food by joining social activities that are active. Such as the running club. When I go out to malls I will use the money I would've spent on food on cool clothes. I will plan social meas no more than twice a week and I will do more relaxing things with friends such as getting my nails done, or going to a spa! Its money better spent!
7. How will I cope outside of the program?

I will be able to cope outside of the program by re-reading journal entries, reminding myself of my purpose and always having a plan.
Last week I worried a lot about the idea that:

I'd like to lose 5-10 more pounds, I don't really want too.

This week I am proud to say I feel motivated. Motivated to keep on working. I found that motivation by developing my own plan. Having control over my own meals and by realizing its not how you start its how you finish that matters.

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