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Weekend Plan of Attack and Accountability Buddies = PRICELESS

Friday, November 19, 2010

A weekend plan of attack for my weekend in Michigan? Free.

Accountability buddies to keep me on track? Free.

An actual weight loss over a weekend away and 15 lbs. gone by the New Year? PRICELESS.

A week ago I was seeing fellow Sunny Gals and their great plans to lose weight by the New Year. They each had an accountability partner and a goal gift. Some had jewelry, others tattoos. A light bulb turned on in my head, and I thought - I want that. I want an accountability partner. Lately with my back injury and the colder weather I felt laziness oozing over my body and I wanted to rebel and shout, NO!

So I asked my Sunny Gals, the best team EVER, who else didn't have an accountability partner that wanted one. Tabi (TABIKATZZ) stepped up to the plate. She is an amazing woman, and just recently set up home in her new residence ONEderland, a place I want to move to come the New Year. I knew she would inspire me. Also, we both love books. I'd say it was a perfect joining together for a great accountability team!

We came up with the goal of losing 15 lbs. by January 1st. We knew that for both of us this would be a stretch, but what's a goal if it's easily attained? That's just the future. This needed to be a goal we both worked hard to achieve. My goal would put me into Onederland, and her goal would bring her that much closer to her goal weight.

We each bought a book we really wanted and wrapped it up as a visual reminder. We can only open this gift once we lose the 15 lbs. The book she chose was "Eat, Pray, Love" and the book I chose was a parallel version of the Bible that has comparisons of four major translations, all on the page next to each other. This would prove invaluable in my bible study, and I thought would be a perfect book because I want to start using it NOW.

I'm really excited about this, and I also found out that my good friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID), also wants to lose about the same amount of weight before her trip to Germany. So now I have not one, but two accountability partners!! I am set, and together we will all reach our goals.

Now onto my plan of attack for the weekend. I'm going to Michigan with my entire family and that means fattening foods galore. I'm talking eggs cooked in bacon grease, crackers everywhere and eaten all day long, popcorn, pizza, and wine just to name a few things. I don't want to see a gain from this weekend, or even maintain. I want to see a LOSS on that scale, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner.

So, here's what I'm going to do.

emoticonI've already packed my workout bag with my running shoes, HRM and thermal wicking t shirt. I have my hat, gloves and a plan to run the Kal-Haven trail and bring along as many of my family members as I can round up.

emoticonI am bringing a Leslie Sansone mini miles DVD to do in the morning or at night, and get my dad and sister to do it, too.

emoticonI'm bringing resistance bands.

emoticonI'm packing healthy cereal to eat at breakfast, bringing healthy snacks like grapes, carrots, unsalted sunflower seeds and granola.

emoticonI am going to stop on my way home and purchase a cute water bottle. I'm a sucker for beverage containers, especially cute ones, and my old water bottle somehow lost its straw. So I'm going to buy a cute water bottle and fill it OFTEN. This will keep me away from the wine and soft drinks.

emoticonI'm only going to allow myself ONE glass of wine per day.

emoticonI am not going to eat ANY crackers, chips, or cheese. One just leads to another.

emoticonI will bring my vitamins and eat them.

emoticonNO fast food. Period. If I am forced to go through a drive-through I will order a salad with healthy dressing or a grilled chicken sandwich. But I am making my dinner tonight so that I can eat while driving and not stop through a drive-through.

That is all.

I will also post a blog report on Monday on how I did, AND weigh myself Monday morning as an added kick-in the butt.

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    Let's do this!!! I'm looking forward to getting your reports even though I won't be near a computer much. And I promise a FULL report as soon as I get back. Oh - and I'll post a report before I leave with my goals for the trip.
    3601 days ago
    Great plan! I love how positive you sound about your plan for the weekend -- like you're looking forward to the challenge! Oh, and I'm thinking I want to take pictures of what I eat for Thanksgiving, so I think that's a great idea for your weekend trip!

    Keep up the good work! You're doing great! emoticon

    - Karen
    3601 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Good for you for finding an accountability buddy. It seems to be far easier to stay on track when we're accountable to another person. 15 lbs is challenging, but I have no doubt that you can meet all of your goals.
    3601 days ago
  • COLT2008
    emoticon AWESOME PLAN!! emoticon
    3601 days ago
    I'm thinking maybe I should force myself to take a picture of EVERYthing I eat so that I'm that much more accountable come Monday morning and add it to my blog update. Yep, I'm going to do it!

    Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement!!!
    3601 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/19/2010 4:05:09 PM
  • no profile photo CD1315172
    Cheering you on!
    3601 days ago
    Ooooh yay! I am soooo excited for this! You will do it! You are amazing!!!!!
    3601 days ago
    Awesome plan! I will be stealing some of those ides for my trip home to Ohio!
    3601 days ago
    sounds like a great plan of attack!! emoticon
    3601 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5959732
    Great job planning ahead! You can do this!
    3602 days ago
    You are SUCH an inspiration. ONEderland here you come!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3602 days ago
    WOOHOO super plan!! You can do it! You will do great! I might get a cute water bottle for my trip home next weekend. though water isn't a problem there because it is all my mom drinks.
    Have a great trip!
    3602 days ago
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