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What's Getting in my Way

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I've been plateaued for a couple of weeks and after mulling it over for a few days, I've decided to really get focused on dropping the next 5-6 pounds. Hopefully, this will reignite my motivation and re-energize my efforts to get to goal.

Here are the things I need to fix.
1. I've fallen away from my morning smoothies because berries are no longer in season and are getting expensive. I need to find a way to pack my morning with fruits and/or vegetables so I can get my 5 a day in.

2. I'm not pushing hard enough when I exercise. Typically, I lift then do 30 minutes of cardio on machines. But last week, I took a bootcamp class and it was WORK. I am planning to go to the bootcamp class 2x a week to jumpstart my fitness.

3. Too many diet cokes. I'm hopelessly addicted to them. I'm sure they're not helping me, but I've got to figure out a way to kick this decades old addiction. I was doing well for a while, but now I'm back to drinking three or more cans a day.

4. Slack record keeping. I'm not weighing or measuring my food anymore, so I need to return to measuring stuff for awhile to retrain my eyes.

5. The corollary to #3 is I'm not drinking enough water. I need to substitute water for pop.

6. Menu planning. I can be so freakin' disorganized, I'm sure I'm slightly ADHD. The biggest sins are going to the store without a list, and not being strategic with my menu planning. For example, if I plan to bake chicken one night, then I should prepare chicken salad with the leftovers so nothing goes bad. I also need to just freeze stuff if I know I'm going to grow tired of eating the same thing all week.

7. Not sticking to my 10:30 pm weeknight bedtime. I'm worse than an 8 year old. I'd stay up until 1 am or 2 am if I could. If I know I have to get up at 6:30 am, I need to go to bed at 10:30 pm. Period. This way, I won't be so tired by the end of the work day that I don't do what I'm supposed to do.

8. Too many treats. Ugh! I hate the idea of giving them up completely, but I need to get back to basics for awhile. This also includes the little Weight Watchers Smart Ones desserts and skinny cows. A few times a week is okay, but they should not be dietary staples. Besides I have no business bringing those little smart ones desserts into my house. I don't handle them well and am quite capable of devouring 2-3 of those little monsters in one sitting.

I think if I resolve these areas, I will kickstart my progress. Time to hit the "reset" button and treat this program like it's Day 1.
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    Sounds like you've identified all areas where you could improve. That's half the battle. Work on the most important ones first and the rest will surely follow. You will make these changes! Have faith in yourself.
    2067 days ago
    I don't know. 8 things to work on is about 6 more than I could handle at once.

    If I had to pick one thing, I'd say strictly enforce that bedtime. Getting enough sleep will make it easier to think, and easier to work on the other 7 things.

    If I were picking two, the second thing would be to always be drinking water. No diet coke until after I get the 8 glasses of water in my day.

    The other stuff will probably come naturally if you can get these two things done.
    2067 days ago
    You've got it all in perspective, so you'll be fine.

    2068 days ago
    Sounds like you know what you need to do and some things to help you do it!

    Can you get berries from the freezer section? Off season that's the cheapest way to do them. You could also try different fruits for your smoothies, perhaps good cooking pumpkin with some cinnamon and nutmeg? There should be plenty of recipes for different blends on the recipe section.
    2068 days ago
    Knowing where you need improvement and being honest with yourself is a HUGE accomplishment!

    Now you have a goal and a a plan = SUCCESS emoticon

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    2068 days ago
    Good for you! you have said so much on what is also happening in my life! Good work on acknowledging what needs change! emoticon
    2068 days ago
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