Planning To Succeed

Mr FFF (who is ex-military) is always telling me, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”.  So in the spirit of that, and due to my recent lack of motivation  and focus as evidenced here and here, I’ve decided that the best way to ensure that I have a success at the scales this week is by planning on how I’m going to achieve that success.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The teacher in me likes to be ordered and logical so I’ve decided to frame this as an action plan.  I’ve thought about the week a day at a time and decided what positive steps I’m going to take that day to achieve my goal.  I’ve also added in a risk assessment for the things I think might challenge me.  This has allowed me to factor in strategies for minimising said risks.  And yes, I am a geek though I don’t yet have the t-shirt to prove it I do have a ‘Geek’ onesie.

 

What I’m going to do food-wise

What I’m  going to do exercise-wise

Risks

Ways to reduce risks

Thu

Porridge

Tuna & ham   Warburton’s Thins (make on Wednesday evening)

Chickpea Curry

Take stairs to 4th floor instead of lift at   college

Cake/chocolate at college

Take only enough   money for a cup of tea and car park

Take a low-pointed graze snack with me

Question whether I’m hungry or just want to eat out of   habit

Fri

Porridge

Ham-topped crumpets (make at work)

Tomato & Bacon   Arrabiata

45min spin class

Can’t be bothered to cook after exercise class

Temptation to pig out on wine/chocolates to celebrate the   arrival of the weekend

Quick, easy, tasty recipe chosen

Plan in one glass of chocolate Bailey’s to satisfy both alcohol   and chocolate craving

Plan to complete   parkrun on Saturday morning to reduce desire for alcohol

Sat

Porridge

Spicy Bean Soup

Chicken &   Vegetable Biryani

5km parkrun

Temptation to pig out on wine/chocolates/cakes to   celebrate ‘being good’ for the last few days

 

Distract myself by: reading book, writing a block post,   creative writing, working on photography project, drinking herbal tea, tidying   an area of the house

Plan in 2 treats: Glass of Bailey’s & new recipe for   vegan/Weight Watchers friendly chocolate bites

Sun

Banana oatmeal pancakes

Banana & Peanut Butter on Toast

Roast Dinner

60min boxfit class

Temptation to pig out on chocolates/cakes/biscuits to mourn   being back to work tomorrow

Distract myself by: reading book, writing a block post,   creative writing, working on photography project, drinking herbal tea, tidying   an area of the house

Plan in 2 treats: Caramel   Latte, chocolate oaty bites made yesterday

Mon

Porridge

Ham Warburton’s Thins

Pitta Pizzas

No exercise – Weigh in

Temptation to pig out on chocolates/cakes/biscuits to mourn   being back at work/mark it being the ‘no-man’s land’ that follows my weekly   weigh in

Plan in to have one standard-sized bar of chocolate –   enjoy in bed while reading book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going through that process has left me feeling very motivated and determined to stick to my plan.

I’m also going to be trying to make more use of a weight loss/dieting app that I bought a couple of weeks ago. So far the only influence it has had on my weight loss journey is that I’ve had £2.99 less to spend on chocolate but it has some features that look as though they could be really helpful so I’ll let you know how I get on with it.

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