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Prepare for Rough Times

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The FatLoser day 9 topic is preparation.

Wanting something doesn't achieve it, or we'd all be maintaining our ideal weight. We have to take action to make it a reality.

The desire to be fit and healthy is based on emotion. Preparation to get fit and healthy is done with logic. I have to carry out my prepared plan in order to actually get and stay fit and healthy. (Here's a repeat of the idea that using both emotion and logic is stronger than either alone.)

He said it this way:
"Thought precedes action, but action is what makes you fit or fat.
What you think is what you'll do. What you do determines how you'll feel."

It becomes a self-reinforcing cycle for good or bad depending on the thoughts and actions. I think that it gains speed and force with each cycle.

He talked about preparing for two types of situation: celebrations (pressure to eat from others) and times of discouragement and vulnerability (pressure to eat from within.)

I very rarely face pressure from others to eat. If I politely refuse something, I've not really had them push it on me. Once they know my goal, they try to support me in achieving it (or at least, leave me to it.) That does make the process easier!

My big challenge is pressure to eat from within...either in a celebration setting with others or in a disappointed, deprived, or hurting frame of mind by myself.

He suggested previously that I keep a record of my thoughts/emotions at those times I'm tempted to eat so I can see a pattern that can be short-circuited. Today he suggested having foods I love in my food plan for times I know will be difficult. (foods that are allowed for in my calorie range and which will make the difficult time seem less painful.)

And finally, He stresses exercising even when extremely busy. Getting fit is changing an emotionally ingrained series of habits. Don't break the cycle of the habit of exercise, or it could stop your momentum and set you back into the old habit cycle.

I'm liking the NEW cycles. I'm off to exercise and record my thoughts/emotions when I feel tempted.

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    "Having foods I love in my food plan for times I know will be difficult."--This is really important! Basically, plan or have on hand "healthy comfort food!". I like Greek yogurt with honey and peanut butter. It tastes like the best ice cream to me! I also like dark chocolate and almonds (but rationed out!).

    "Don't break the cycle of the habit of exercise, or it could stop your momentum and set you back into the old habit cycle."---This statement couldn't be truer for me! When I'm exercising, I'm eating well. When I stop exercising, I eat less healthy. This is how I need to learn to maintain! Plan my life around exercise and food! Lol!
    1617 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Preparation for the hard times is good advice. Having foods you like and can eat on hand for such times is excellent. Exercise is also so beneficial. Great job on creating new cycles!
    1618 days ago
    Fantastic blog! Congratulations on day nine! You are doing great! I'm really proud of you!
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    1618 days ago
    Wanting something doesn't achieve it.
    Oh so very well said!
    1618 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I am on the same day as you and plan to transition to maintenance by April 1, 2015. Thank you for posting your take on this.
    1619 days ago
    emoticon Good job on creating new cycles! Hugs, Sandi
    1619 days ago
    Great blog! Preparation is such a big thing, including normalizing and anticipating that it's going to be tough from time to time. (We're tougher!!)
    1619 days ago
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