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Setting the Stage for Success.... This Time!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

12/22/15:

I know the saying of "Been there, done that, got the t-shirt(and now it's in the rag box)". I have been obese half of my life (!) and during that same time I have also been 'trying' to lose that same weight that I gained back in 1983!.

"This time" I hope to do things differently. First of all, I have a tendency to make up my mind rather quickly. Most of the time that is a good thing. However, once having made my mind I often lose my initial 'spark' of enthusiasm and then I don't always follow through like I know I need to see lasting results. So, although I joined right before the holidays (and all that conjures up in terms of falling off the wagon) I thought that 'this time' I would take time to prepare myself for 'future success'.

I joined this site for starters. Then, I have taken the time to watch videos on how to use the trackers (fitness and nutrition) as well as developing a habit of checking in with the teams assigned to me (based on my initial interest and assessment of health concerns). I have read suggested articles. Two I would recommend is the 10% solution and 7 Effective Ways to Prepare for Weight Loss. I created a Spark Page. I have also been going grocery shopping to make sure the foods that I need to 'succeed' are readily available. There is a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and bottled water in the lower kitchen cabinets. I rearranged the inside of my cabinets so I have my supplements and vitamins. All of my exercise 'stuff' has been dusted off (seriously!) and in plain view for me to grab.

I am going to follow the suggested Diabetes Meal Plan. It is going to be a big change for me because I have a tendency to eat two larger meals with one evening snack so counting carbs is something that I will be returning to after a few years' absence. There will be a learning curve, I am sure of that.

I am going to be honest here. I am afraid and I have a lot of self-doubts. So, that is why I am not going to focus on the sheer amount of weight I want to lose (between 110-125 lbs. total). Instead, I am going to focus on losing 10%. I am also going to focus on making daily and weekly goals. I have also asked my husband (my BFF) to pray that I will meet this one significant and important goal for 2016. The other one is to save money.

In the past I have put losing weight as my 3rd or 4th goal and it just kept getting further and further down my to do list. I have a history of emotional eating. I have worked hard on learning new coping methods but fatigue (from poor sleep) as well as anxiety (worrying too much) weaken my resolve to stay on plan. Now, I want to make sure that it is and stays #1 this coming year so I know that I am also going to have to work on getting better sleep as well as learning relaxation techniques. I definitely have my work cut out for me.

So, rather than rush into this #1 goal right away, I am taking these past two weeks of 2015 to lay a foundation so that I will be ready to hit the ground 'running' in 2016. Plan. Prepare. Produce. Persist.

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