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Countdown #9 - Coping Strategies

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each reason write a strategy that will keep you on track or cope. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

Here are mine -

Diet Reason - Don't stick to a routine with meals - will eat out or not prepare a suitable meal. I am busy, get hungry and lose control about what I will eat.

Strategy - Make a weekly meal plan. Take along a suitable snack and drink. Always have a quick meal in the fridge to heat up. Drink V8 juice. Shop for groceries regularly. Think about saving $ by eating at home.

Diet Reason - When I am tired I am more impulsive about what I eat.

Strategy - Always have a quick meal in the fridge to heat up and apple slice for snacks. Drink hot chocolate.

Exercise Reason - Don't stick to a routine with exercise - travel, family obligations, tired, doing something else.

Strategy - Exercise is like 'my job' now. I need to improve my heath so I can continue to lead an active lifestyle. I must do it daily regardless of whatever else I am doing, I need to get stronger.

Exercise Reason - Don't like sticking to a plan, low impulse control?

Strategy - Accept that sometimes it is boring and do it anyway!
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    I have similar problems and you have great solutions.
    2384 days ago
    2388 days ago
    Great strategies! I need to do this assignment before tomorrow!
    2389 days ago
    great strategies.
    I love the one to have something prepared.

    I will make exercise to be my first and last classes of the day.
    2389 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    I especially like (and use) Exercise is My Job - so too is shopping for healthy food (for me and my students/houseguests) and having healthy go-to snax on hand

    Well done
    2390 days ago
    very well put!!! I love your solutions
    2390 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    love this blog good reason
    2390 days ago
    You are so ready with this plan ! Lets rock this challenge !
    2390 days ago
    Great list but I did not know you were writing one for me...LOL

    I will put something down on paper tonight.
    2390 days ago
    Great blog. Yes, it is like a part time job...with full time benefits. emoticon emoticon

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    2390 days ago
    Great and practical list. I loved your Number 3 Reason and Strategy. I never thought of putting exercise as a "job" before! That is so insightful and motivating! Thank you for sharing! :-)
    2390 days ago
    Lynn! I just adopted the "just do it" approach from your earlier blog! I want to get away from "exercise is my job" to doing something I love every day. But WHATEVER WORKS!

    I have also just started taking what I eat normally and cutting it in half. I snack anyway, so by cutting my regular meals down I will save calories in the end.

    I enjoyed your blog!

    Happy Thursday!

    2390 days ago
  • NOW4ME2011
    REALLY like the idea of 'Exercise is my Job'.

    Great Blog!

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    2390 days ago
    Urs is choc milk,,and mine is HOT CHOC ! YUMMY !! YUMMY !! But, yet I allow this into my cals, so its really OK ! OH YEAH !! Have you ever LQQKED at my nutrition page? ITS TERRIBLE when i use it, which is NOT often,,, well not right now,,, only when we are in the challenge,,, LOL I eat sooo bad Lynn ! but I DO IT !!!! i imagine ur quite well from the sounds of it,,, I imagine ur willing to eat a FREGGIE???? SHOCK I AM NOT !!! COME ON I SAY REALLY??? IS SHE REALLY gonna do FREGGIE WEEK AGAIN? and I RUN INTO HIDING for that week (hard being a leadah, but I TRY !) LOL I TRY To convience the other leaders, that CHIPS are a VEGGIES as WELL AS CANDY CORN (made of CORN I SAY !) hey aftah 50 yrs some things WILL NOT CHANGE !!!

    CONGRATS THOUGH on a JOB WELL DONE !! WOHOOOO LOVED READING URS !! its very, very encouraging !! GO LYNN !! GO !!!!
    2391 days ago
    These are very good -- I need some time to put mine into sortable lists. Get back to you.
    2391 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/30/2011 10:32:25 PM
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