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Looking Forward to a Good Week

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I have absolutely nothing going on this week. For the first time in a long time, my calendar has lots of clear space. No lunch or dinner out with friends or family, no celebrations, no out-of-town trips, no events of any kind, nothing. Finally! In other words, I have nothing that will give me an excuse to not make healthy choices for the next seven days. What I have is a golden opportunity to work on tracking and staying within my calorie range with absolutely no distractions.

I have been working on this, just not with any great success for any significant length of time. A few days here, a week there, sometimes just a meal or two, sometimes the whole day, some days in my calorie range, most days not so much. But I am not giving up. I have gotten it right some of the days some of the time. I just need to keep at it and figure out how I made it happen at least some of the time and build on that.

When I am trying to develop a healthy habit, I have found that it helps if I can come up with a routine. I have my routine for exercise (every morning, same time), for drinking water (drink a glass before and after meals, and always have my water glass full, with a slice of lemon and a straw), and for eating more fruits and vegetables (1 fruit mid morning and 2-3 servings veggies at both lunch and dinner). Those habits, I feel confident, are here to stay.

My Achilles heel is just that darn keeping track of what I am eating each day and making sure that it stays within my calorie range most days. But there is no getting around the fact that this is a key factor for losing weight and keeping it off. I am quite capable of doing this. I have done it before for days and weeks at a time, so I know I can do this. I have just been allowing myself to accept one excuse after another for all the days when I don’t track and stay within my range. I need to go back and focus on what I am doing TODAY, and not let myself believe for a minute that I really think I can wait until TOMORROW. That definitely has not been working for me.

The routine I want to establish for tracking is to track what I plan to eat each day the night before (though the morning of would also work in a pinch), but at the very least record BEFORE I eat it. My past practice indicates that this is the most successful pattern for me. I can always make adjustments as the day progresses, but as long as the general plan is there, I am better able to stick with it.

Of course, before I plan my meals for each day, I need to make sure that I have plenty of healthy options available. I have that covered. Ever since I read Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food, I have very little in the way of processed foods in my kitchen. I go to the Farmer’s Market weekly, as well as receive a farm box each week, so I always have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. I have chicken breasts, ground turkey, and pork tenderloin in the freezer, and no junk food anywhere in sight. Lucky for me, DH supports this effort. Bless his heart!

Truly, I have all the tools in place. I am so close. I just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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    YOU'RE a woman with a plan too--& I will reciprocate & put my $$ on your success! emoticon emoticon We really can do this. I'm delighted to hear that your husband is on board.

    1727 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great plan! Implementation also seems to be well in hand! Go for it! Remember that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!! (Yeah, I know skinny can be a bad word, too, but you get my meaning...hehe) Keep up the great work!! ((HUGS))
    1727 days ago
    That's funny that you have a clear week. Last week daughter's kids were sick and she was asking for help. I had a full week. I told her that next week they can be sick because I have nothing. Well, the week filled up. Today lunch with retired school people for first day of school to celebrate NOT being there. Tuesday actually working at the school to reorganize book closet. Wednesday babysitting eldest grandchild. Thursday-NOTHING!, Friday babysitting twin grandchildren.
    As you know we have both been at this for awhile. I think I've weighed the same for the last 4 years at least. I'm convinced it really does have to be a life style change. I told you I was seeing dietician-high protein/low carbs. The carbs are tough. 45 at each meal and 15 for 3 snacks. Everything has carbs in it! Today I go to see her and weigh in.
    You're right we have all the tools. We have the knowledge. There's just one tiny piece that we need to make it happen. Consistency?

    1727 days ago
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    Hi this is Pam. Do you think it would help if I add a link to our team asking "Are you within your nutrition range today". If it would help I can add it tomorrow. If there a better link, let me know. I would love to help you any way I can.

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    1728 days ago
    Wow! You have some very healthy routines already! I know you'll be able to add tracking to the list!
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