SMART Plan and Goals
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Here is what I can do, in concrete steps, to ensure success in this journey to health:
---Every morning, I will read my list of reasons for losing weight (my Advantages card), so I remember why I DO care about losing weight.
I need to keep central in my mind the reasons why I want to lose weight. If I lose touch with these things, then I fall back into stress eating and mindless comfort-bingeing.
--- I will talk to someone BEFORE bingeing. I will not do mindless grazing/overeating until I have had at least one conversation with someone about it.
When I isolate, I feel disappointed, desperate and depressed about myself. It becomes a self-perpetuating cycle: binge, feel bad, binge, feel bad. But, I know that the one thing that helps me feel better is to share how I feel, and to not try to "go it alone." I can talk with my partner, who is a wonderful listener, and who supports me on this journey. Like my friend said: "my mind is like a bad neighborhood - I don't want to go there alone."
--- I will plan my meals, and will track my food as best as I can. Using the nutrition tracking makes me accountable for every bite in my mouth. I absolutely HATE tracking binges, so maybe it will help prevent them!!
--- I will make a daily affirmation that "my body is strong and I can work out today." I fight against working out because I have some physical limitations caused by arthritis and degenerative disc disease. But, the reality is that I CAN do many things. If a paraplegic person can play basketball and "run" a marathon, then I can get off my butt and workout!
--- I will do intentional exercise of some type at least 3 times a week.
--- My goal is to lose 15 pounds by November 29th !!!!!