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:
I will research the menus before I go, make a decision on what I will chose before I sit down.
I will eat less high calorie food during the day, filling up on veggies mostly, with some fruit.
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.
I will drink one glass of water per beer.
I will select beers for taste and enjoy each one - slowly.
I will increase my exercise minutes over the weekend.
I will leave some food on my plate when I eat out.
I will NOT eat dessert.
I will print this list and take it with me.
I will add a fat picture to this list.
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.