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Countdown #5 - prior fails

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"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 write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!"

Wow - this is a tough one to answer. There are so many reasons that I haven't done well in the past. I think what it comes down to though is that it's hard work and it never really gets easier. I keep expecting it to get easier, or at least less time consuming and it doesn't. I keep expecting good choices to become a habit instead of a challenge every day, but I just never seem to get there.

Tracking and meal planning is time consuming and tedious. Frankly it's a p.i.t.a. This doesn't come as a surprise to anyone reading this, you know it as well as I do. I do well for a while, but then pretty soon I get bored and go watch tv or hang out with the little guy and hubby. It's really hard for to keep up that level of commitment to
the nutrition tracker. Before long I start feeling like Desmond pushing the button.

For a long time exercise was part of my day. Then I had to give up my membership to Curves and I lost that routine. I've been working really hard to re-establish a new routine, but I've only had partial success. For me it works far better to go someplace with the sole purpose of working out, and to stop there on the way home from work. Once I get home there are always things that need to be done. I can't seem to workout at home or get back out the door without doing a "quick walk-through" of the house. By then it's time to start supper, and then do the dishes, and then spend some time with the boy and put him to bed. Then it's late and I'm tired and it's too close to my bedtime. I'm so full of excuses it's amazing they're not coming out my ears. I was hoping to rejoin Curves this spring, but I'm not sure if I can make that happen.

So - how am I going to fix this?
Wow - just like with the triggers I don't really know. It's real easy to say that this time I'll just do it (me and Nike huh?) but that's a dumb answer. I think it's going to come down to repetition. I've been having essentially the same breakfast every day, so I can just copy that from one day to the next. Now I just need to think of 2-3 lunches and snacks that I can also live with every day so I can easily copy them or make groups. Supper is going to be the challenge. No matter how well I plan, I never seem to follow the plan. Sometimes because of unexpected time constraints, sometimes because hubby ends up cooking what sounds good to him, sometimes because whatever I've planned just doesn't sound good. I need to be better about following the plan, but I also need to be building flexibility into my days so those changes don't snow me under.

Ok - so what does that boil down too? Repetition, push the button, and just do it. Sounds like a plan.
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    Repetition is what works for me. Also, scheduling when and what time I'm going to exercise helps too. Yeah, life gets in the way at times but if you can find a time of day when you think you'll be most likely to exercise and schedule it into your day every day (or at least 6 days out of the week) maybe that will help. Maybe if you put on your workout clothes as soon as you come home from work. Just throwing out some suggestions. Hopefully one of them will help. :) emoticon I have faith in you! Have faith in yourself! emoticon
    3083 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2112467
    I have had some epic fails! The only thing I know for sure is I am too stubborn to give up!

    Let's kill these fat rolls! emoticon
    3084 days ago
    Wow do I understand where you are coming from! And you are right, all we can do is keep going. I have faith in you! I know you can do it!
    3084 days ago
    Have faith in yourself my friend. I know you can do this!!!!!
    3085 days ago
    This seems like a great way to road map a way to success-though I love the Desmond with the button. I imagine it gets boring and tedious...but as opposed to Desmond we know what happens if we don't push the button-so just keep pushing :)
    3085 days ago
  • ANNE1123
    Believe in yourself, it's inspiring to know and recognize your pitfalls. You can do this!!
    3085 days ago
    You can do this. Keep in mind, you are doing it for 8 weeks. Sometimes I find if there is an "end" in sight, it makes it easier to keep doing it when you just want to take a break from it.

    We both know ideally this won't be the end, but if using it as a carrot dangling in front of you helps and works for you, I say go for it.

    My weekly "carrot" is taking one day off. I need one day a week where I don't work out. It helps my body recover, rest, and recouperate for another 6 days of fitness. It also helps me not feel so guilty if I need to take a day off because of exhaustion, illness, etc.
    3085 days ago
    We only learn from our failures. emoticon
    3085 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    We all,have to do what works for us and hopefully will be life long habits. Here's to a successful challenge.
    3085 days ago
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