Today is the first official day that I am off of work for summer vacation. I’ve been contemplating this new lifestyle change that I’m making and trying to think of reasons I have failed before. One of the main reasons I fail is that I blame everyone else when things don’t go right. I fail because my husband makes me mad, I’m to busy, the kids are driving me crazy, there are too many events going on right now with tempting food options (weddings, birthdays, faculty meetings, etc.), or even where I worked when I used to work in fast food. I have had to get real with myself and admit that my choices are MINE! I’m the reason that I am struggling with weight. If I’m going to be successful, it will be because of my choices alone. I have to want this (losing weight and being for and healthy) more than I want all of the yummy food. Now that I have come to this realization I feel like I can move forward. I have decided to break things up into phases so that I can be more successful!!
Phase 1 – get on track!!
This phase will involve getting myself and my surroundings prepared. Cleaning my surroundings. It’s easier to cook healthy meals in a clean kitchen. It’s also easier to say screw it and eat out when the kitchen is dirty. When my car and my house are in order, I feel in order. I feel stronger and more accomplished. This week is devoting to cleaning my house, my car, my pantry, and my fridge. I will also be getting my oil changed and my tires balanced and rotated.
Phase 2- create healthy habits
This phase will last longer and be more about creating new habits that I want to repeat. It will involve a plan to keep the house clean, plan meals and prep food, and begin exercising. I will make out my menu for a week and go shopping. After shopping I will prep my food….wash/cut fruits and veggies. Proportion snacks and package meats to freeze. At night before bed, I will make sure that my breakfast/snacks/lunch for the following day is ready and that I have the things that I need to be successful. This phase will be important for learning how to handle being healthy in various situations like birthdays, outings, weddings, and get-to-gathers.
Phase 3- Make it LAST!!! This is a special phase. This is that phase that will be responsible for keeping me on track. Usually after about 3-4 weeks, I start falling off the wagon. This is the phase that going to ask myself what are you happy with on this plan, what makes you unhappy, what is working, what is not working, what do you love about your new lifestyle and what do you miss about your old one?? Where are you starting to struggle? How can you overcome these struggles? Evaluate these questions and stay on track and stay strong!
Phase 4- kick it up a notch!! At this point I will evaluate my success and challenge myself to work out harder and longer. I will also make any food changes here if need be. This is the phase I will stay in until I reach my first goal of losing 100 lbs. if at any point I need to revisit the other phases I will do so!
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