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Strategizing

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I'm copying and pasting a similar exercise from a couple years ago, but changing it up a little to recognize the changes in my lifestyle at this time (i.e., I don't really eat meat now).

Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each (reason/excuse on why my diets and exercise plans have not been well-executed in the past) write a strategy that will keep me on track for 8 weeks.

I really like this assignment. It is methodical and systematic. It also reminds me of the EX method of quitting smoking, which I think is nice and...dunno, comforting in a way. Familiar and friendly. Anyway, here are my answers.


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***Excuse #1
"I am craving sweets."
Strategy: Tell myself I can have the particular "S" on my "S" days.

***Excuse #2
"So-and-so brought cookies/homemade banana bread/baklava/bagels...etc., etc., etc."
Strategy: I can have a non-sweet (i.e., bagel) as part of my lunch if I track it FIRST. Sweets are out, but I can take one home and save it for the weekend if I think it will be at all appetizing at that point (Thursday, maybe...Monday, eh).

***Excuse #3
"Husband made mac and cheese. Holy crap, it's sooooo good. I'm going to eat the bajeezus out of it."
Strategy: I'll have to track it first and eat out a pre-portioned amount. I'm doing okay with that lately, so that's good.

***Excuse #4
"PIZZAAAAAAAA!!!"
Strategy: Put pizza into my tracker BEFORE I eat it.


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***Excuse #1
"I don't want to go to the gym. It's rainy, hot, late, etc."
Strategy: Fortunately, I have my trampoline, stationary bike and weights at home, so I can do something while watching the TV. Having committed to 11,000 steps a day, I have to do some kind of cardio to get that amount, even walking to and from work.

So there are those. Any tips, suggestions or additional strategies welcome!
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  • GETSTRONGRRR
    Sounds like a good plan.

    Chewing gum works for me....when I'm chewing gum, I can't eat a lot of that crap....just keep chewing (i.e., don't swallow or spit the gum out)
    1658 days ago
  • EYES_ON_THEPRAZ
    These are good ways to combat those excuses we all make. You are going to rock the challenge!
    1659 days ago
  • REBECCATKD
    Great exercise! I may have to steal that one. You are demonstrating excellent discipline and self-awareness. Keep it strong!
    1659 days ago
  • AQUAGIRL08
    I love the way you address the possible excuses even before they actually happen. Having a good plan in place just in case is a very wise move on your part.
    1659 days ago
  • TENNESSEEWALKER
    GOOD answers!

    I don't know how many times that tracker has saved me from eating a whole bunch of goodies at night and waking up the next morning feeling awful.
    1659 days ago
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