But plan we must, in order to be successful.
I learned a hard lesson in planning last week when I decided to go on a run. Usually I know exactly where I'm going. I have a route that is safe, well lit and perfectly routed for distance. After running about a mile I came upon a trail I had bypassed many times. Despite my instincts telling me ‘no, don’t use it’ I veered off my route onto this unfamiliar trail. This trail unbeknownst to me was 2 miles long with no outlet until the end - something I didn't realize until I was too far along to turn around.
What did I get at the end of my unplanned adventure? Almost another 3 miles to get home along a poorly lit, busy highway in the setting sun wearing only a long sleeve t-shirt and sweat pants for warmth. As luck would have it, my husband had his phone on vibrate and had no idea I was calling him to pick me up.
Needless to say I got a lot of time to think. Mostly my thoughts went to the future when I wasn't cursing the dropping temperatures and myself. The obvious lesson here is that lack of planning can lead to some serious trouble. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss.
I've mentioned before that I worry a lot about transitioning. Lately I've become more relaxed about the idea. This is in part because I'm making plans. Really it's nothing major. But my hope is that creating plans and setting small, attainable goals will help to keep me on track.
Mostly it's little things like scheduling in 5ks or projects I'd like to do at home. I also want to start doing things like meal planning and coupon clipping. This will be really important to help keep the weight off. I also have goals for my writing (like not waiting till the last minute to do it) and for my painting (like opening an etsy shop). I'm new to this whole planning thing, so even though I'm feeling very ambitious, I will take it one day at a time. But I feel like the more I have to occupy my time, the less time I will spend thinking about food. Of course let's not forget family time as well. I plan to squeeze a little of that in too. ;)
I also think about how I plan to support those that have shown me so much love and support over the past year: my husband, izzy (even if she doesn't know it) my family, friends and my Internet family and friends. I especially want to support those of you that have made commitments to get healthy. Even after I reach my weight loss goal, I know that part of my success in maintenance will come from keeping others motivated.
Other ways that planning can create successful weight loss:
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs
Month Seven: -7.5 lbs
Month Eight: -5 lbs
Month Nine: -2 lbs
Month Ten: -5 lbs
Month Eleven: -6 lbs*FTC Disclosure: Medifast provides their products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. All thoughts written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :)
Month Twelve: -4 lbs
Week forty nine: -2
Week fifty: -1
Week fifty one: -2
Total: 82 lbs gone forever! Current weight: 158 lbs Distance from goal: 18 lbs!!
~*Stephanie at A Grande Life *~
~*Jenni at Jenni From the Blog *~
~*Stephanie at Goober Monkey *~ ~*Alison at O My Family *~ ~*Jessica at The Unemployed Mom *~ ~*Mariana at The Domestic Buzz *~