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Day 4: Boundaries, not diets

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Oh, the dreaded D word: "diet." Most Sparksters are aware that Sparking is a permanent lifestyle change, not necessarily a "diet," which implies something temporary done to lose weight. Still, Spark is a plan with certain boundaries: tracking nutrition, weight, and exercise.

Today's advice from 100 Days of Weight Loss is to picture your plan as a road or path. You get to define the boundaries of your road by setting the number of calories, grams of protein, etc that you choose to follow. As you walk on the road each day, your goal is to stay between the sides of the road.

Unlike strict "diets, boundaries are flexible, allowing for some day to day variation. When you are focused and strong, you move the boundaries closer together, and when you take a break or go on vacation, you widen the boundaries. But even on a day even you make really bad choices, you never get off the road completely.

I like the idea of the "narrow road" and the "wide road." I know for me personally, weekdays are the narrow road, when I'm feeling super motivated and committed to my plan, and weekends are the wide road when I tend to slack off! Now instead of feeling guilty about this, I can use common sense to stay on the road and not completely derail my plan.

What times do you allow yourself a wider road or a loosening of boundaries, and how do you get back on the narrow road?

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    Your post reminds me to follow the 80/20 rule. In other words, cutting oneself a bit of slack instead of throwing in the towel every time one strays a little closer to the far side of the road. Thanks for writing this post!

    2299 days ago
  • MOJO0607
    Weekends are a challenge for me, too! When I am at work during the week, I have limited options for food splurges, and I tend to be more focused on gettin my FMs in. On the weekends, there is more socializing, running errands, and trying to slip in some fun with the kiddos that isnt always possible during the week. I like the idea of visualizing it as a road, and maybe I can make the road a little more consistent in its width (with the occasional splurge here and there). Thanks!
    2299 days ago
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