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I will employ the "I'll start over tomorrow" and tomorrow never comes.

I don't want to put in the constant effort it takes to stay on the right track.

I'll wait too late in the day to employ my healthy actions and activities and then I'm too emotionally tired to do the right thing.

I have a schedule that works well for me IF I follow it. All I have to do is follow it and not let my unhealthy thinking lead me down the wrong path. I can't do things that I know will trigger me and then expect a good outcome. I have to take care of myself, one minute at a time.


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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. I keep starting over and over trying this plan or that plan and then get sick of it. No limiting what I eat just eat healthy.

2. I keep saying I will not buy anymore starting eating right Monday RIGHT!!! Make my own

3. Monday and Saturday are the only consistence days of the week for me. Get food out 2 days a head of time

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you? That only I can make a difference in my life and stop making excuses and do what I know I can do


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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy
The answer is simple i did not write them down and put them where i will see them getting a note book and putting it where i see it each day and re do my plan as needed


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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!


1) I tend to be one who things, "I'm under stress, I need that _____ to cope" or "I've been good, I can have that dessert". But the problem is I don't limit to that one dessert...I make it a habit.

2) I just get tired of all the work that goes into managing. Thinking about calories and portions and planning. But I guess it is all about choosing your 'hard'. (I heard that quote somewhere)

3) I think I am naturally lazy. When I did this plan before, I enjoyed my exercise time, but as soon as I stopped, I became a tv a holic, can really sit and 'binge watch'.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

helped...logging and taking time to plan. Just need to rid myself of the stinkin' thinkin'. Catch it and stop it.

I need to go back to 'treadmill tv'. If I want to watch a show, I need to be on a treadmill doing it. It worked 9 years ago when I had success on this plan


Reasons why things didn't work out:
I made excuses and got lazy



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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

Reasons why things didn't work out:

1. Injury emoticon yeah..unfortunately i'm the go-at-it-hard kinda person, divide and conquer! But that can be too much to the point i re injure an already strengthened injury. emoticon So now, I take it easy with some low intensity moves mixed in with higher ones in a workout. emoticon I do the Physical therapy exercises I've been given years ago more frequently. emoticon If I don't do those, well, hello pain!

2. Going to bed late, consistently. emoticon Unfortunately, I like to do Spark at night, to about early morning. emoticon If i don't have enough sleep i don't have energy to work out. emoticon That interferes with my taking my blood pressure measurement (I don't have High BP but am monitoring it since my Dad had it) If I don't exercise as often BP is high, same with lack of sleep. emoticon I'm thinking i could always go to bed Super Early and get up early to Spark. Better to lose sleep that way emoticon

3. Not cutting down on calories. I've been in the habit of eating clean and eating some junk. Lots of both. And lots of exercise. So, I'm going to start tracking again, smartly. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So What has helped me is the Beck Diet Solution. How to think like a thin person. emoticon

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Actually.. My plans have been well executed. They were planned based on my ability to perform them. injury and illness are what have prevented/slowed my progress


Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks

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Three reasons/excuses on why my lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past:

1. Didn't have the mindset
2. Lack of willpower and planning
3. Inconsistent with efforts

Strategies to remain on task for 8 weeks:

1. Stay active on Spark to keep motivation going
2. Preplan meals and have an exercise plan ready
3. Record nutrition and exercise daily.

What I've learned:

Wearing my Fitbit and being accountable to a team pushes me to do my best. Preplanning meals and checking menus before eating out makes staying in my calorie range easier.


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3 Reasons they went well:
- logged everything I ate or drank
- I didn't let people sabotage me
- I figured out my routine

3 Reasons they have failed:
- Not being consistent
- Making excuses
- Everyone around me not healthy lead to me falling off the wagon

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?
I've learned I need motivation and consistency to have success and I am working on keepign those things going.

Christina - Central Time Zone (CST)

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1, back pain, bad knees and muscle cramps
Strategy- weekly visits to chiropractor and massages monthly

2. “Too tired”
Stategy- no matter what I still put my workout clothes in and then I promise myself that I only have to do 10 minutes

3. Terrible diet of fast food
Stategy- planning and prepping, foolproofing the fridge at home and work

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?
Structure, planning is the key

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

Top 3 excuses:

1. I'm not consistent with exercise. Actually, that's not a true statement. I have made a habit to walk outside around my house for 10-13 minutes per day after breakfast. I do this 6 days a week. But that only gets me about 60-70 calories. That's not burning enough to lose weight. I need either more intense exercise or walk longer to reach my exercise calories goal.

Strategy: I do better if I come inside from my walk and immediately head to the gym or do a Leslie Sansone video. If I sit down, I'm done for. Now that the weather is starting to get a bit nicer, I will add in a short nighttime walk.

2. Not staying within my calorie range. For the last 2 months, I have been OP 35/57 days. That's only 61%. If I was in school, I would get an F.

Strategy: I do better when I pre-track. Somedays, I follow the plan and other days I have to tweak. For my average I'm still within my SP calorie rang at 1477 per day. But I'm just not burning enough,.

3. I don't drink enough water. Water has always been a problem for me.

Strategy: If I exercise, then I usually don't have a problem getting in my water because I can drink 3-4 glasses while I exercise. So I need to focus on exercise. That will solve a lot of problems.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

I'm learning that if I don't reach my exercise goal today, then tomorrow I have to lower my calories to make up the deficit. That worked this week I lost weight.

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1. Wife has different desires on eating. My strategy is to drink shakes when there is a conflict.

2. The lure of unhealthy food in social situations. My strategy is to limit to 2 drinks.

3. Dining out. Wife prefers to eat out and have me stay out f kitchen except to clean up after her.My strategy is to track and stay within limits.

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1. Not planning ahead. My strategy is to make sure I plan each full day the day before.

2. The lure of unhealthy food in social situations. My strategy is to stay determined to stick to my desired meal plan and take food that is on my plan with me.

3. Dining out. My friend and I usually eat out on the weekends and he is not at all familiar with healthy choices so he will suggest going to places that I would prefer not to eat so I will go along with him. My strategy is to stay committed and discuss what I can and cannot have. It has been working the last two weeks.


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Things that have caused a problem in the past:
1. Losing momentum and determination in the last quarter of the year.
2. Snacking while watching Netflix
3. Having the wrong snacks (like sugar free candies) too easily accessible.

Strategies:
1. Positive self-talk, quotes, visible reminders to remind myself repeatedly that I'm not like that any more, that I can maintain consistency through the holidays!
2. Do not allow myself to snack while watching Netflix; watch Netflix less.
3. Do not purchase the sf candies at all; keep healthy snacks that are on my plan readily available and pre-portioned to just grab when I allow myself a snack... plan the snacks and when I'll have them.

GET BACK TO TRACKING!!


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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

1. Eating at night after dinner when I'm not really hungry
2. Eating unhealthy foods
3. Not following through with my exercise program

1. Go to bed earlier instead of eating after dinner ~ I always eat dinner late
2. Say no to the things brought in my office and keep unhealthy food out of my house. This will be easier because my husband is making better choices
3. Walking on my breaks and then do some exercises while I am watching TV or cooking


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Things that have caused a problem in the past:
1. Staying up too late and getting hungry again.
2. Not sticking to the 3 hr. eating schedule
3. Not feeling like cooking for one

Strategies:
1. Set a bedtime and keep it.
2. Have foods prepared in the fridge or things that are easy and quick to prepare for when I'm busy. Carry an Atkins bar or pc of bacon .
3. Keep eggs and bacon stocked for those nights when I don't feel up to cooking.

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Things that have caused a problem in the past:
1. Staying up too late and getting hungry again.
2. Being too busy to eat when I should or what I should.
3. Not wanting to cook because I'm too tired.

Strategies:
1. Go to bed reasonably.
2. Have healthy options in the fridge like greek yogurts, or fruits, etc for when I'm hungry.
3. Have easy healthy meals for me, when I don't want to cook and the family wants something else.
4. Also to have what I need for meals ahead of time, and plan the next day the day before.

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Things that have caused a problem in the past:
1. Staying up too late and getting hungry again.
2. Being too busy to eat when I should.
3. Not feeling like cooking.

Strategies:
1. Set a bedtime and work toward keeping it.
2. Have foods prepared in the fridge or things that are easy and quick to prepare for when I'm busy. Carry a Kind bar or Quest bar in my purse if I may be gone from home too long.
3. Keep eggs and bacon stocked for those nights when I don't feel up to cooking.


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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

1. snacking at night
2. Eating when I'm bored
3. Not enough sleep

1. plan a snack and stick with the plan
2. keep crochet projects at hand
3. regular bedtime

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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

1. Carbs
2. Eating when I'm bored
3. Not enough sleep

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1. too much time on the computer
2.too much down time
3.I get lazy or put things off

1. I am going to fix the time spent on the computer
2.I am going to get up and move it more
3. I am going to schedule my exercise time like appointments.

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1) Sleep issues
2) Lack of drive/consistency
3) Loss of focus

Plan: 1) Get the flipping t.v. out of the bedroom. Go to bed at a consistent time, wake at a
consistent time. Employ strategies for better sleep (bedtime rituals, Yoga, create a
calmer environment.)
2) Continue to work on a consistent exercise routine, wake/sleep routines. An actual
schedule, no more loosie goosie.
3) Maintain focus through Sparkpeople usage. Doing better but fine tune it.




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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. Health issues - I had a bad case of Lyme disease that lasted on and off for more than 7 years. Also had kidney stones. These challenges made it hard to stick to healthy choices or even care about making healthy choices!
PLAN - I have been feeling MUCH better the last 6 months or so. No antibiotics in at least 6 months!! Ive also cut way back on my migraine meds & other post Lyme meds.

2. Sleep - not getting enough sleep causes my body to go into fat storage mode!
PLAN - My hubby has switched shifts & I am getting much better sleep now!!

3. Stress - getting upset about other family members' lifestyle choices and general life stress.
PLAN - I have worked for the last 6 months to declutter my life, of possessions & relationships that were unhealthy. It has made a huge difference, tho I still deal with guilty feelings now & again. Minimalizing my life has given me a brighter outlook & more time & energy to do the things I used to do!

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1. Stress eating. I read, or journal, or walk the dog.
2. Carbs/mostly bread. For the most part I only allow myself bread in the morning since I enjoy toast. So far - so good.
3. Flexibility. I do yoga stretches which helps tremendously and I water walk.

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Strategies to combat my excuses:

1.Travel - adljust to circumstances
- take yoga mat when able, use it for planks, push-ups
- learn to accept the 10 minute walk, lose "the all or nothing"

2. Evening Snacks -aim to reduce, not eliminate
- always have rice cakes available
- enlist DH to stop offering to fetch me a snack, or refill my glass
- watch fewer mysteries on tv
- get up and do chores
- knit
- read a book, less internet reading.

3. Colitis Flares
- less caffeine
- wine with dinner only
- avoid known fodmaps and trigger foods
- eat out less

Edited by: NANCYPAULINE at: 9/19/2018 (13:18)
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1) Carbs - still attempting to get back to a low-carb lifestyle
2) Sticking with an exercise plan - I don't like gyms, I'm too cheap to pay for fitness classes, so I will be doing Beachbody on demand with my sister (since she has the account) :-)
3) Stress eating - my job can stress me out sometimes, and since I am sedentary most of the day, I will no longer keep unhealthy snacks at my office and make sure I take breaks and take a walk when I can. On slow days, I will hop on the treadmill at the fitness room attached to my office.

So excited for the Fall Challenge!

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1. Work - If I don't have my meals/snacks prepared in advance to take with me, it's easy to eat junk that people bring in. Since June there's been 1 time I wasn't prepared and I ate the donuts and chips that was at work when there were no delivery places open on midnight shift and I couldn't order out a salad. I am becoming very rigid in preparing in advance

2. Exercise - I no longer say I will do it after work or later in the day. It never happens. I start within 1/2 hr of getting up.

3. Sleep - There isn't much I can do for lack of sleep when doing double and triple backs at work. I don't give up exercising for a little extra sleep because it's hard to get it started again and my sleeping has gotten better since June.

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1. Portion Control
2. Evening Snacking
3. Not being accountable to myself

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1. Carbs
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3 things I've had problems with in the past:
1. breakfast
2: I want sugar in my coffee tea
3. what can/should i eat

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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

1. Over eating
2. Snacking because of boredom
3. Getting to the gym

1. Watch portion sizes and take control
2. Clean up my snacks in the kitchen and only have healthy snacks on hand
3. Making exercise a priority

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3 things I've had problems with in the past:
1. Controlling eating
2. Eating after dinner
3. Getting enough sleep

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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

Health: Fatigue as well as muscle atrophy until I had heart surgery!

Mobility: It has been hard until recently to be mobile enough to do much!

Medications: I had been on meds like Prednisone and steroids that contributed to weight gain!



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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

1. staying focused
2. not enough rest
3. Too stressed

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past:

1. Sabotage by Others: Tell everyone what I am doing/eating. If nothing is available for me to eat, or I know they will continue to offer poor choices ... I will bring my own snacks/food

2. Off Plan Eating = BINGE FEST: Nothing is off-limits (other than foods that make me sick). I will take/enjoy ONE serving of snacks/treats occasionally IF it fits in my daily limits. If I do make a poor choice, I will NOT let the rest of the day lead to binge eating.

3. Not Making Time for Myself: Work, 2 kids, a hubby and a dog doesn't leave much time for me (mainly in terms of exercise), so I am going to start small and take at least 2 days a week to get out of the house and get to the gym.



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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.

1. Discouragement.
2. Favorite foods are eaten out of control
3. Pain

1). Instead of looking at how much more I want to lose, look at how far I've come!!
2. Do NOT have the "I can't have" mentality. Instead its joey donkey to have what I want in MODERATION.
3. Respect my pain. It's for a reason. Work it out thru exercise, stretches. Remind myself how much better I feel now and can even more!!

Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks.

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1. I do not follow through and then fall off the wagon

2. I still have a tendency to want to eat everything on my plate

3. I am too tempted by junk food and my husband eats that all the time

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1-am "too tired" or "have no time" to exercise. I can usually find 30 minutes to walk, and if I start exercising-telling myself only 30 minutes-I usually do more than that

2-"one soda". Especially when I'm tired or wanting something sweet. I can drink water with crystal light

3-wanting to eat like my family. I make food that we all can eat more often, even if they complain a little

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1 - Rationalize with myself as to why I should hit snooze rather than get up and exercise - Plan is to post note on alarm to remind me of why I must get up and exercise

2 - "no time". - not an excuse and not usually true - If it is important I can find the time 9 out 10 times. Plan - Putting my exercising on the calendar so it is planned, not just a possiblity

3 - "One cup of coffee or soda won't hurt" - One leads to more. Plan - making them less available and when I find myself craving them - go for a walk or meditate if possible to reduce stress levels.

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1 - Oh just going to have a few chips-or cookies Well you know what happen I ate the whole bag !!!!
Not bringing then in the house is not a option because of hubby..
Strategy - Always have enough healthy snacks on hand. Stay away from sweets and chips, do not even try to have a small portion.

2 - Procrastination - Putting off starting a healthy eating plan. I'll start next Monday and Monday never came.
Strategy - I have already started to take action to change this by joining SparksPeople and tracking my food intake. I am determined to continue.

3 - Lack of Motivation and Enthusiasm - Because of health issues,being put on lots of meds.'and having to quit my job I just gave up caring.
Strategy - Fear has been my motivation, caused by a visit to my heart doctor. He told me if I didn't lose the weight I was going to have a heart attack and die. That's a pretty strong motivation, don't Ya think?

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

I have learned that if I stay focused I can do this .
If I make the right choices the weight will come off and I will improve my health.
That the saying " It Works If You Work It " is true, you just have to put in the effort.
That Rome wasn't built in a day, that it has taken me along time to gain all this weight and it's going to take time to lose it.
Most important I think , I learned not to give up !!!!



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1. Cravings for sweets and starches.

a. - My strategy is to incorporate some acceptable times for having a sweet - maybe once a week. With starches I need to watch portion sizes and not have any seconds. But the daily goal will be to stay within my calorie range.
b. - To leave especially tempting sweets at the store - DO NOT BRING THEM HOME.

2. Eating out with friends.

a. - If I know ahead of time where we are eating, look up the menu and nutrition facts online and make my choices ahead of time.
b. - Come up with an acceptable selection for those times I can't pre-plan.

3. I don't like exercise.

a. - Do it anyway.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

To not give up - hang in there - keep going.


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Three reasons:

1.Only partially involved in loosing weight: I used to be the skinny one so it's really difficult for me to accept that I am obese. I need to keep focusing on now and not what once was.


2. Allow others to influence me: My husband does most of the cooking. He is 5'9" and weighs 140 lbs. He does not understand when I say I don't need hamburgers more than once a week, or a baked potato - his favorite) at every meal.

3. Get up and move. I know that I sit more than I should, I need to get up off the chair and MOVE. I should only be in the dinning room when I eat- not most of the day.

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No excuses, first diet been on in my life because of blood clots & no exercise or eating properly for 8 months because of it. First time ever gained weight in 35 years.

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1. Poor (conscious) decisions.
2. Knees were in bad shape.
3. Just didn't move.

Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. Think of the benefits of making a better conscious decision. My life expectancy depends upon it.

2. Keep up with the exercise regime from physical therapy; use the chart on the fridge AND use the treadmill and pool more often - put the dates and times on the calendar and treat those as appointments that cannot be missed. My quality of life without additional meds depends upon it.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?
Although there are days when outside influences dictate what does and doesn't go according to plan, most of the time (for me, anyway) when that is not the case, there really are (very) few "oopses" when it comes to not executing well. It's about having made the choice to not execute.

I've recently been reminded that we have little power over some things that happen in our lives, but we really need to pay attention to and do the things that will only make it better. Before, it was iffy but now that I have the tools that I know work, there's no reason NOT to make the right decision.

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1. Poor planning
2. Weak resolve
3. Overall laziness

I'm very much a person that thrives and does well with routine, especially in an instance such as losing weight. THAT's what I'm working on.


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Will blog on this today

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. Eating at my desk. I have a stand-up desk at work, and I use my lunch hour for a walk, so it doesn't seem abnormal to eat at my desk. The problem is, lunch is not the only thing I eat at my desk. I end up doing too much snacking at the office while at my desk. Solution: do NOT eat at my desk. Fix my lunch and eat in the lunchroom.

2. The lure of free food. At work, a lot of food makes it's way to the office, for all of us to share. Most of it is unhealthy. I need to not try to "get my share" of the free food. For me, the cost of free food is too high.

3. My significant other. He loves to lay out an array of food along with the meal that I prepare. So it's right there on the table, and I tend to eat some of everything he puts out: chips, cheese, hummus, chocolate, berries....some good, some not so good, and usually not part of my planned calories for the day. Solution: get him to put some of it away before we start. I can tell him I don't want any crackers...he will generally put them back in the box and won't eat any himself either, so it's a win for both of us.

4. Dining out. I'm listing a fourth reason, because it's always an issue. My significant other likes to choose the place where we eat, and it's not always a place where I can find an acceptable meal. I don't want to go to a pizza joint and pay premium dollars for a bad salad. I don't like to go to a breakfast place that serves mountains of potatoes and big bread with my poached egg...I'd sooner eat at McD's and get just a Mcmuffin. Or eat at a classy place where I can get a veggie omelet without the sides. Solution...push back on his suggestions for where we eat. I think this will not be as much of a problem this round, as he needs major dental work and will have to think about saving money.

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have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?
I’m weak willed
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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1 it’s not fair that they can eat that and I can’t— so I eat it then get mad at myself
—— don’t compare what others can and can not have/ or do.
——- keep my mind and eyes on my goals and not compare myself

2. I walked my 10,000 steps so I deserve a snack
———-walking 10’000steps has nothing to do with eating an extra snack
———-keep my calories in my range and walk because I like it not for an extra snack

3. My daughter bought the candy/cookies and I can’t walk by without grabbing one(or more)
———-walk the other way/ self control——remember my goals and concentration how I can reach them ——-when the mind is busy it won’t think about the candy/cookies

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?
Not to compare myself to others and learn to allow myself one and then walk away

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. My work schedule and commute. It has its merits. I work long days and get Fridays off.

2. The change of seasons which means short days and colder nights.

3. Stress, lack of sleep and boredom with my winter workouts.

What I've learned and will apply is to keep going with the exercise and adapt as I need to. I'm working on finding something that works. I apply the rule baby steps. I'm also wanting to start some other non-cardio workouts.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you? Keep going. With the challenge, its not as easy to just not do a workout. When you have to track daily for your team the exercise minutes, I feel too guilty if I can't post my minutes.

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Oh, this one is easy for me to list but difficult to figure out how to change things.

1. Outside forces - all those little things that seem to get in the way! I am planning to spend at least 20 minutes each evening doing a bit of yoga, some deep stretching and foam rolling to work out the kinks of the day.

2. Sleep - I haven't had a good night's sleep since 1974 (when my first daughter was born). I want to change up my evening routine to include more peaceful activities like closing my computer by 8 p.m. and shutting off my phone.

3. My dear husband - who isn't real excited about my healthy eating program. I need to NOT feel guilty when I prepare a healthy meal which isn't Pizza or Mac & Cheese from a box! He will eat whatever I prepare but I need to find healthier options for some of his favorite foods.

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Not getting enough sleep. Too exhausted to workout.

Making excuses - like too exhausted to workout.

Not preparing enough ahead of time.

Just get moving!

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3 things I've had problems with in the past:

1) Not keeping enough fast, easy food around that's on-plan, so if I don't feel like cooking, I grab easy junk food (SOLUTION: every night, my phone rings the alarm that says "prep for tomorrow" and I get up and cook some healthy starches -- potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whatever) so the next day I can just throw together an easy meal)

2) Didn't tell others I was dieting, so they didn't know not to offer me junk (SOLUTION: Everyone and his dog knows I'm on a diet, and they don't even bother offering me food anymore, except my mom, who tries to make sure it's on my plan first)

3) Did the all-or-nothing thing (SOLUTION: Now, when I go off-plan, that doesn't mean my whole day is srapped; I just get back on track.)

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