Same old Same old... Nothing changes if I don't change!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

So, this week I gained. No surprise there. It's not even surprising that I know why... I do this time and time again.

I lose some I gain some. Overall I stay the same. Nothing changes because I am not changing my behaviours.

So, I need to change what is not working and luckily I know what is not working, it's not rocket science:

I over-indulge on weekends. Every weekend.

I am "good" all week and then everything falls apart on weekends. My willpower, my motivation, my planning all seem to slip into the dark recesses of my brain and do not make an appearance until Monday morning, when it's too late.

4 days of being "good" doesn't compensate for 3 days of being "bad", because let's face it, weekends start on Friday. That doesn't fit the 80-20 rule.

So, this is where things change. I am going to force my willpower, my motivation and my planning to remain in the active part of my brain at weekends. They do not have a break - they now work weekends!

It's time to make the change so things will change. My vacation is coming up so fast and I want to look as different as I can. I will be seeing friends I've not seen for a while and I want them to notice!

My last blog was a recovery plan. I need to have that in my mind - as a back up, not as my normal MO.

FORWARD PLANNING: This weekend I have two meals out. Both will involve drinking alcohol. Instead of relying on changing my behaviour during my nights out, I must also look at what I can do to prepare for the nights out. When I have a couple of drinks, the alcohol sends my willpower, motivation and my planning on vacation.

My action steps for this weekend - the CHANGES I will make:

emoticon I will research the menus before I go, make a decision on what I will chose before I sit down.

emoticonI will eat less high calorie food during the day, filling up on veggies mostly, with some fruit.

emoticon At the restaurant, I will NOT eat any bread before the meal, instead I will eat a bowl of veggies or salad before I leave the house so I am not hungry when I sit down.

emoticon I will drink one glass of water per beer.

emoticon I will select beers for taste and enjoy each one - slowly.

emoticon I will increase my exercise minutes over the weekend.

emoticon I will leave some food on my plate when I eat out.

emoticon I will NOT eat dessert.

emoticon I will print this list and take it with me.

emoticon I will add a fat picture to this list.

emoticon I will add a goal picture to this list.

I think I will see some results from these changes. At this point, it is all about the scale. The scale is my friend as I have seen it described by fellow bloggers. It will tell me whether my changes are making a difference and whether these changes are enough to put me on the right track.

If I stick to this plan, and these changes work, it will show me that I can still go for dinner, enjoy a few drinks but that planning and preparation do make the difference. That changes in behaviour make the changes I want to see on the scale.

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  • LINDA!
    You have some great goals. I know that this plan can work. Sending you positive thoughts!! emoticon
    2542 days ago
    Great plan! I think the best part is "Print this list and take it with me" emoticon

    I also struggle with the weekends. I think it's the lack of routine for me. During the week, I have more/less the exact same routine 5 days a week.

    You can totally do this! I believe in you! What I love about your plan is that it is so reasonable. It's not "no alcohol EVER" but modifications of the rest of your day so you can enjoy your wonderful yummy beer.

    Man, am I thirsty now.... emoticon

    I can't wait to hear about your weekend and how your plan went. Please keep me posted!

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    2544 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan good luck
    2544 days ago
    Good luck with your action plan I you can do it if you stick with it and if you want it bad enough you have to make the choice for yourself no one can want it for you.
    2544 days ago
    I too struggle with weekends. The structure I have during the week just isn't there. I think I need to think about planning my TIME on the weekend to make sure I'm not too idle.

    Good luck with your action plan! And enjoy your meals out. Remember to make the event about the experience with the people and less about the food and drink.

    2544 days ago
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