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12 week plan for success

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I'm a Sassy Shamrock Sheriff on edition 20 of Spark People's Biggest Loser Challenge. The challenge is well into week one and will continue for 12 weeks. I'd like to contemplate how I will end the challenge successfully:
In no particular order of importance:

1) Try very hard not to stress about work. It won't make much difference in the long run. What perturbs me today is almost 100% likely to be forgotten about by January. Emotional investment in stressing over what I cannot change is spinning my wheels with no benefit.

2) Try to maintain my workout routine. Plus I'd like to step up to try a couple of fitness classes. I have Personal Training twice a week; I go to the gym 5 days a week and I walk every day unless the weather is a total disaster.

3) Try to get to know my teammates. Having an "ésprit du corps" really helps. If I want to succeed for them, it helps me more than succeeding for myself alone. I still have enough self-loathing that I can throw away my victories, slink off, and hate myself. But as for the team? I cannot disappoint them and I want to post a decent, realistic, reliable loss each week so that I'm a great team player.

4) Maintain a pescatarian diet. I have been a vegetarian for slightly over a month but it occurs to me that a paucity of protein in my diet might be a problem when it comes to weight loss. I will try to spend at least one week eating some canned tuna or mackerel a few times to bring up my protein and see if it helps. I have an open mind.

5) Continue to cook at home and eat no more than one meal outside the house per week. (Easy to do -- I am convinced that almost all restaurant food has more calories in it than it should).

6) Be frugal! I will try to spend no money unless I can pay cash. The sooner I can reduce my credit card debt, the sooner I can contemplate retirement. I've got a lot of junk in my house and I don't need to add to it.

So--to sum it up--trying to find the best nutrition, the best fitness minutes in a variety of ways, the best team camaraderie, the best approach to getting rid of stress, the most prudent financial management---those are all aspects of my 12 week plan for success.

Thank you everyone for the comments! I do appreciate them!
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    I, too, avoid restaurants. Their servings are WAY too big, and the calorie count in even the correct portion off that plate is too high. As is the salt. Funny thing is, eating at home is also good for the wallet. Amazing that the industry has managed to convince people that going broke and getting fat can be sold as entertainment.
    3195 days ago
    Really great goals! Best of luck!!
    3195 days ago
  • AELI2468
    Fantastic Goals!! We are going to ROCK this round of BLC20!
    3196 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12937866
    I love your goals! I'm working on several of these myself (not stressing out at work is top of my list too). emoticon
    3196 days ago
    That sounds like a very good plan!

    Well done :)
    3196 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11712373
    Learning how to cook different types of fish will help with variety and boredom. Working on not stressing out will definitely help you attain and focus on what you want to accomplish without feeling overwhelmed. I love that one. Stress can really get in the way and I agree with you that most all of it and where it stems from is not even important. Maybe with all the extra energy you will have from the exercising will get you to organize your stuff and maybe get rid of the things that you consider clutter. Garage sale? The money from it could be put towards your CC or maybe a new piece of fitness equipment for an at home gym? Just a thought. :) Love your goals and you're doing awesome so far! emoticon
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  • no profile photo GARBLEDEEGOOK
    3197 days ago
    Great goals!!
    3197 days ago
    Great goals--wishing you much success in reaching them. Avoiding restaurant food will not only help with the nutrition goals but will makes difference in the financial ones as well. That's what the kids call a twofer.
    3197 days ago
    Great goals. emoticon
    3197 days ago
    OUTSTANDING goals!! emoticon emoticon
    3197 days ago
    This sounds like a very reasonable and realistic plan for success. I think you will do smashingly!
    3197 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Sound reasoning in this list. I think 1) and 6) are very important underlying aspects of healthy living which it is essential to address for success. Beans are a good source of protein as well as animal products. We have been following Dr Fuhrman's plan for a couple of weeks and are having some success. Enjoy the challenge!
    3197 days ago
    emoticon Joan! Love the yellow kitty BTW!
    I eat lots of fish. I very rarely eat beef or pork...but I find that I really need the protein to keep my strength up. I also like mukimame - the shelled edamame - it's so easy to keep those in the freezer and when you need a little hit of protein, just nuke a few. YUMMERS!
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    3197 days ago
    I love this sensible, doable plan you have outlined here.
    I think we should all follow it! emoticon

    3197 days ago
    Sounds like a solid and doable plan.
    3197 days ago
  • KMC8227
    I am right there with ya on restaurant food. More calories and sodium than necessary. Its amazing what passes for flavor. Good luck
    3197 days ago
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