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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
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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    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
    These are good ways to combat those excuses we all make. You are going to rock the challenge!
    1659 days ago
    Great exercise! I may have to steal that one. You are demonstrating excellent discipline and self-awareness. Keep it strong!
    1659 days ago
    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
    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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