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Planning and measuring have always been the key for me!!!!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

My life becomes much more simple if I plan in advance. I am not one of those people who freak out when the plans change, but I have always been one to do much better if there is at least an outline of what is going to happen. This includes lists of things I need to get done at work,things I would like to accomplish on the weekends and days off, ideas of what I want to see when on vacation, my weekly menus, my exercise plan, race training plans...need I go on?

Well, this week reminded me jut how much planning means to me in all successes I achieve. My friends and I have been "planning" on a vacation during Easter week. Months ago we were looking at a Marriott resort, which I culd use my points for (free vacation). Well, we waited too long and the hotel chain realized it was Easter week (spring break) and won't allow the use of points. So we had to scrammble to find someplace to stay within budget (but not FREE). We have been looking at airfare prices for a week. On Wednesday, the flight we wanted was 265.00. We finally booked at 309.00. Hence, lack of planning can cost you!!

Well, now that I am scheduled to go south (meaning bathing suit wearing) I have decided to fall back on what I know works for me. Not that I have gained a lot of weight (actually only 4 pounds since my last tropical vacation...not my bikini body), but I am feeling flabby (I attribute this to runnng more and less strength training).

I went to the market yesterday. I have stocked up on igh protein, low fat foods that are easily transprotable in a lunch bag (small light and fit yougurt, cheese sticks). I bought a container of low fat cottage cheese, and some seeds and nuts. I have measured out the appropriate portions and have them all ready to go for the week. I made a turkey chili mac casserrole (enough for three meals). I am going to make a low fat reduced calorie chicken pot pie for two meals. I am going to make zucchini frittatta for a couple of breakfasts. It really is abou planning, ther is nothing worse than working a full day, going to the gym and then coming home and not knowing what I am going to eat for dinner or take for breakfast and lunch the next day...it is stressful and usually always leads to costly choices.

My spark plan for the next few months includes:

Not going over 1400 calories a day
Trying to eat 4-5 small meals to boost my metabolism
Drink green tea in the morning instead of coffee (saving about 150 calories everyday since I will not be using creamer or milk)
Following my 1/2 marathon training plan
Substituing two yoga classes with strenght training workouts (doing yoga only once a week)
If I eat out, it will only be one night a week
Walk anywhere and everywhere I possibly cam (helps with the 1/2 marathon training and increase exercise output)
Measuring all of my portions (this will help since my real issue is portion distortion not mindless eating)
Decide within the week on whether I want to go to Dublin to run the 1/2 there for my 50th birthday...remembering what happened with the April vacation!!!
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    I really appraciate you blogging aboiut/reminding me how important it is to plan. Yes, very stressful to come home and wonder what to eat..having to wing it with some not so good thrown together meal. Oh and I like what you said about how not planning can cost you. -Thats a thought to remember! That's great how much you do and are 'planning' to do. You go girl! :)
    1961 days ago
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