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Monday, January 28, 2019

Another Monday where I am feeling overwhelmed by the vast changes I need to make and how poorly I am prepared to do that this week. Trying to stay positive and focused. I failed at prep but rather than give up I am going to do my best and just be honest with myself. I can't keep rescheduling a healthy lifestyle for when I am perfect.

Since I did not shop or meal plan yesterday, I have vowed to pick up a salad mix and a rotisserie chicken for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. I have set an alarm on my phone to remind me to stop at the store in between my daughter's basketball game and her volleyball practice.

I also failed at working out this morning. Instead I will be taking a walk at lunch and doing a home ab workout before bed.

How do you handle those days when you didn't stick to your plan? How do you adapt to the imperfections of schedules and bad habits? I need to create a "toolbox" for when I fail.
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    600 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Please, please, please don't think of this as having to make vast changes! You can do this by making small sustainable changes and as those become habits, add to them. When I started (and you can read my story on my page), one thing I did was to start bringing a healthy sandwich to work and bought reduced fat chips...then swapped out the chips for soup or salad.....over time I moved to a much lighter and healthier lunch.

    When I started back in 2011 it finally dawned on me that what I did to lose weight was what I'd do for life. And when I had a day (or days) where I slid back in to some old habits, figured that was life. Didn't beat up on myself; just realized that one day wouldn't make a difference in the long run. Got back on track.

    Tracking my food was and is key. No matter what I wrote it down and as I looked back at the week I could see why I had lost or gained. Not sure I have a toolbox for when I don't follow plan. BTW, don't use the word "fail." And things change; planning in advance to have food at home and at work (when I was working) that is healthy really helps. Checking menus in advance helps me to decide what to order that is at least healthier.

    It ended up taking me about 18 months to lose 85 lbs and I've kept that off for more than 6 years.
    606 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    When we have busy family lives you have to be adaptive at weight loss and fitness. You are doing well with fitting in a walk when you can. Keep up the good work.
    606 days ago
    You can do this!
    607 days ago
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