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Review: January 5, 2017

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Sigh. Mixed. My weight is dropping. But I feel lucky. I haven't perfectly tracked yet, but I am doing better. Last night I weighed things for the first time in many days. But I didn't weigh everything, like the sweet potatoes, lima beans, chard, and oil. And I skipped the gym because I was sad and down and tired. :-( But I did have a talk with myself and decided that getting back on track required doing the next thing on my schedule NO MATTER WHAT. I can't keep doing indefinitely something that feels unfinished at the cost of starting my next activity on time. That is a sure way to lose. I only feel worse, get even more off track, and the worst which is reinforcing a really bad habit and strengthening the wrong muscle.

Underlying all of what's happening . . .

- Progress is nearly always slower than I expect
- My effort is expended so much more quickly than I expect
- I can effectively focus on far fewer things than I expect
- When I make peace with these dynamics I see significant success quickly

About Yesterday:

What went well:
- I was pretty close to my on-time lights-out time.
- I did start weighing my food again even when I improvised my food choices.
- I looked at my to-do list when I got home.

What didn't go well:
**What happened?**
I didn't go to the gym.

**Why did it happen?**
- I was feeling down.
- I don't like driving to the gym.
- I was feeling behind at work and didn't want to stop what I was doing in order to go to the gym.
- I was feeling tired.
- I came to work late so I started the day behind.

**What will I do differently next time?**
- I will get right back on track with the next scheduled activity no matter what, even if things feel unfinished, even if I don't feel ready, even if I just don't feel like it. I don't have to feel like doing something in order to do it.

- I will stick to my sleep schedule so that I will start the day off better.

- I will think about the GOOD things about going to the gym whenever I think of the bad things. Good things include:
- Helping to preserve my muscle and stay strong while I lose weight
- How I feel afterward, tall, strong, energized, relaxed
- Having done something big toward achieving my most important goals
- Helped my body, my back, my shoulders, feel better
- Improved my ability to play with my kids.

For today:

**What will I do?**
- I'm going to track everything I eat
- I'm going to follow my menu I planned this morning
- I'm going to be in bed with the lights out by 11:15pm
- (I can't go to the gym today because of an appointment.)

**How can I help myself do these things?**
- I will stick to my menu that is already tracked so I won't have to do any other thinking on my feet
- I will set a reminder on my phone to remind me to stick to my planned dinner menu
- I will back up my lights-out reminder to give me more time to be in bed before lights-out
- I will tell my diet coach about my plans

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    Thank you, BIZZIEPUMPKIN!! That's very nice of you to say. (I credit Beck Diet Solution and cognitive behavioral therapy principles. emoticon )
    1668 days ago
    I love the format of your blog and the system of thought processes....I need to look more at what is behind my choices more than the choices themselves- thanks for that insight!
    1668 days ago
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