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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Honesty with self and others is so important on this path. I had a rough weekend with a late night meal on Saturday that I know was not the smartest thing to do - eating late, excess carbs & fats = bigger number on the scale - you get the idea.

This week I have been back on track working away doing all those right things. Eating balanced meals, working out (maybe a bit excessively for me) and drinking ALL my water. I feel pretty good - other than my knees complaining a bit.

I am no longer going walking backwards in the wrong direction on this path but headed towards my monthly goal. Yippee! The problem?

Next week. Monday I am going with friends to a concert in Ann Arbor. We will be eating out. I do miserably eating out. I always go for my old unhealthy favorites - that little voice in my head says if I am going to pay for it I should get what I like, not to mention I have digestive issues with salads so I won't be eating one of those! I need to quiet that voice down! Wednesday I am having dinner with an old friend - so again eating out - probably more calories than I would normally eat for dinner. Friday we are heading to Chicago for the weekend. More eating out. I am sure deep dish pizza will be in there somewhere and probably some Irish food for St Paddy's day.

To make it all worse - Monday, Wednesday & Friday are my workout buddy days - so I will be missing that completely. No working out those three days. Monday and Friday will be lots of driving with little walking. Ditto for Sunday.

I am really frustrated, scared and worried about this whole week coming up. My silly little head is telling me I am not going to reach my goal this month (it is only the 6th) and that I should just throw in the towel and go hog wild next week. A little part of me is listening to that voice. Right now a bigger part of me is staying focused on where I want to be and how I am going to get there.

OK Barb, stay focused on today, on right now. Just do those next right things right now. Just keep focusing on today and you will be ok. When those choices come up next week, make the best choice you can at the moment and move on. See where you want to go? One foot in front of the other in the direction of where you want to be. Come on! Besides, you can work out on Tuesday and Thursday AND you will be doing walking in Chicago. I bet there may even be a workout room in the hotel. Or get up early and take a walk along the river! You CAN get some exercise in. Challenge yourself - I bet you could end up with more steps on your fitbit than if you stayed home.

PS If you fall and lose direction, follow those others on the path who are headed your way. Ask them for help. I bet they may even hold your hand along the way if you need them to!
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  • no profile photo CD13482548
    Keeping myself in the moment, and not being concerned with obstacles that may make bumps along my path helps me. Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair ~ you move a lot but get no where!

    It does look like you are adapting to the coming week with your mindset. You have learned so much here at SP, now you need to implement your knowledge when faced with the bumps!
    2662 days ago
  • SEAWILLOW
    I am struggling trying to move forward..you are not alone on your journey. Here is my hand.
    2662 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    How about if you focus on really enjoying eating out?

    If you're having your old favorites--eat as much as you *enjoy*, not as much as you have on your plate.

    Have you listened to the IOWL podcasts on re-do/pre-do? This might help you plan for how you want to feel at the end of each day, or the end of the week. One of the tricks is you mentally rehearse how you want to *feel*, not what you want to *do*, which allows for more flexibility.
    2663 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Barb - don't psych yourself out before you even get there! Depending on the weather, you can definitely go for a walk. But you know there will most likely be a workout room if the weather does not cooperate. You can focus on some good food choices, me, I typically skip the bread basket at restaurants and focus on my entrée and side. If I have one piece of bread I'll have 3. And if you get off track for one of the meals, you just acknowledge it and get back on track for the next meal. Pack some healthy snacks for the road too!
    2663 days ago
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