Firstly, I'm so happy that so many of you still remember me, lol! My little hiatus felt very long.
Well, I'm a bit of a "Type A" gal. I love planning, lists, and predictability. The one thing that I've never extended by "Type A"-ness to, though, is my weight loss efforts. I never realized how much planning is involved in everything!
For example, I've been making elaborate meal plans every week. What I'll be eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks - not only to ensure that my portions are right, or that I don't veer away from the plan - but making sure that I'm eating well-balanced meals. This is soooo important. For example, getting in lots of veggies, fruits, protein, etc. I'm a nerd, and I have a spreadsheet for this purposes that adds up my servings and calories.
I also have a plan for which days I'll be working out. However, this plan has been failing miserably. It's weird for me - I used to be awesome at exercising, and not so great on the food front. Now, it has reversed. Well, I'll need to get going with this habit again. The truth is, I love working out. I just need to haul my butt out there, and once I start - I'm fine!
When I was successful in my weight loss efforts a few years ago now, I was SO conscientious of everything. Even if I knew I'd have to eat dinner out (because I was working late a LOT back then) - I'd look ahead at the restaurant menu and plan exactly what I'd eat. I'd order extra veggies instead of rice. Guzzle on water, instead of pop. I'd wake up at 5:30am to get my workout in, before working a 14-hour day.
When you really want something, you'll do just about anything to get it. It's as simple as that. And as difficult as this weight loss journey can be, effort will equal reward. It's not like saying, "I want to be rich one day", and doing everything you can to get there. Or, "I want a successful career". Because those goals require right timing, luck, and effort. Weight loss just involves effort - if you exercise and eat right, you'll lose weight.
The danger with all of this planning business? Well, life gets in the way of our plans sometimes.;-) That's also my problem. Heaven forbid something gets in the way of my planning - everything falls apart, and I crash the wagon. I'm learning to be flexible. If a friend unexpectedly calls me up to go out to dinner - I'll do it - and order carefully from the menu. If I'm out and about all day - I'll make sure that I'm prepared with an extra protein bar or some nuts in my purse.
We're taking a little trip to San Francisco in a week. There's an incredible vegetarian restaurant there. So, I'm going to plan the rest of my meals around it so that I can indulge a bit.
I'm really trying to make this journey of mine a lifestyle, rather than a temporary phase. Because everytime I treat it like an "initiative", I get resentful and impatient. And, I'm going to do my best to not let the wrenches that life will throw into my plans sto me from being successful.