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4/9/17 5:57 P

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My plan is to cook for two meals at one time so I have a plan over meal ready for those nights when I have obligations.
Keep a supply of health snacks ready in the fridge. Cut up veggies and hard boiled eggs and plenty of fruit ,
Keep the momentum of going to the gym 3-4 times a week.

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4/9/17 5:01 P

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. I have failed in the past due to so much change in my life. I divorced, moved to a new city and have been overwhelmed. I just bought a Fixer Upper House and will soon settle in.
2. My neighbor is my best friend in life. He cooks every single night and invites me to dinner. He fries steak, chicken, fish or else he makes loaded baked potatoes. I have to say no thanks to the invitations.
3.. I drink too much. I enjoy my cocktails. Always have always will. I will limit my daily intake of cocktails.
4.. I have been dealing with a knee injury since the beginning of March. I can't walk with out a crutch, I am in a knee brace and I am really missing my walks. I will do chair exercises, core exercises and strength train.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you? That I can an will achieve at this challenge.

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4/8/17 7:24 P

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1. My life has gotten busy/overwhelming.
I am conscientiously booking in my exercise times, planning my menus so that there is a wide variety of foods and committing to my best interests first.
2. Iím too tired.
I am doing the lions share of my exercising first thing in the morning. Hopefully as I go I will find the extra energy at the end of the day to do more.
3. Iíll get to it tomorrow
Iíll get to it today, and remember that I always feel better when Iíve done what is right for me. I count, and I deserve it. This challenge is a great way for me to imbed habits that will bring me to my goal.
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4/8/17 5:53 P

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I hate to cook. --I need to learn more recipes
I feel like I never know what to eat, the rules are always changing.--- Stick to the basics. Chicken, veggies, fruit, ect...
stay away from the things I know are bad for me, fried food, sweets, ect...
Temptation of others eating around me/ eating out.---- Plan to order first, so I can not be influenced by others


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4/8/17 1:12 P

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1 - travel/eating out - plan ahead, take snacks with me when traveling.
2 - Emotional eating - just need to keep myself busy.
3 - Lazy - planning ahead and writing it down will keep me from having any excuses.

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4/7/17 11:03 P

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I don't have time- My work makes us create SMART goals. One of my goals is to have a better work/life balance. It was given to me by my boss because she feels I can't leave work at work. She wants me to do my best to get out of the office by 5pm. I am hoping it helps me fit in friends and gym time.
I hate to cook-I can cook, I just don't like to. I get home late and I am tired. I am hoping the above strategy will help this as well.
My family eats out a lot- Most places have healthy options now. There is a big difference between going out and having a Big Mac or having a Chic Fil A grilled nugget and fruit cup.

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4/7/17 9:03 P

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4/5/17 5:10 P

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I feel I've been "good" and therefore I deserve a food treat. Change: I need to eliminate food rewards from my mental vocabulary.

Giving up because I've had a bad day / week / month, or the scale is going the wrong direction, etc. Change: concentrate on and celebrate the successes!

Trying to do too much at once (exercise or food changes). Change: small steps have longer lasting effects.


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4/5/17 4:06 P

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I had too much of an all or nothing attitude, so now I am just satisfied with if I mess up, I just continue on my journey and do not berate myself for not being perfect.

I was not consistent enough with my exercise.

I was not eating enough protein or meeting my needs to be healthy and that is now my goal to be healthy and if that occurs, maybe weight loss will to.

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.

1) Diet ... I go all out in the beginning (which works great), then fall back into eating crappy foods little by little until I'm gaining back all I lost.

2) Exercise -... again do great in the beginning and burn out

3) Just learning in general to say no to things I know won't help me get to my goal.

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4/4/17 5:12 P

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Diets are only a temporary fix but lifestyle change is permanent.

Inconsistency with exercise.

Not having support and motivation

Each day is a present, Make the most of it!


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4/4/17 3:15 P

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.

1) Diet - Making a lifestyle change rather than just eating a certain way for a certain amount of time. It has to be forever.

2) Exercise - I need to consistently execute my exercise plan, don't let other things get in my way

3) Social -Learning to say no when unhealthy choices are offered.

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4/4/17 10:36 A

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. I keep a "all-or-nothing" sort of mindest.

This all or nothing mindset pushes me to give my all at some point, then when I reach my limit and can't support this intensity, I give in! And just let it all slide. It can be a couple of days or weeks - but lately, those episode has been shorter. There's a cure: discipline and forgiveness!

2. I eat sugar like it's no big deal.

Sugar creates havoc in my mental state causing me to have a "I don't give a damn" attitude. Chocolate is my kryptonite and I will avoid it. It's like a drug and my addiction is strong - I cannot have only a little bit and be satisfied..!

3. I do not keep accountable on Sparkpeople.

When life happens, I derail from my good habits of coming on SP and it shows because I am not as focused on my health journey. It's time and energy consuming but it allows me to grow as a person and let's be honest, playing Candy Crush is also time consuming and brings nothing!

Here's to a great challenge!



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4/3/17 7:02 P

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1. Not motivated enough

2. Sweets made me feel happier

3. Didn't feel like cooking and would eat a lot of processed foods which weren't as filling

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

1. I learned that I needed to find an exercise I loved to stay motivated to stick to it such as walking and yoga

2. Been hard but exchanging sugar laden treats for smoothies has helped with my sugar cravings

3. Now I realize that I'm not only cooking healthy meals for myself but my family as well and even if I didn't care about losing weight and being healthy myself I need to do it for them.

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4/3/17 5:42 P

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1. I didn't have enough motivation
2. I didn't find exercise that I enjoyed
3. I am too lazy too make meals all of the time

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4/3/17 4:28 P

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I've been doing this for awhile now so exercise is pretty ingrained and I get some kind of activity in each day.

I would say my biggie is not tracking when I KNOW how important it is for me.

Ditto and double ditto. If I track I lose!

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4/3/17 1:44 P

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1 - I have always put everyone else first, felt guilty for taking time for ME. I'm working hard on taking more time for ME and guess what - I'm happier.

2 - I always put too much emphasis on the scale. I am focusing on NSVs and surprisingly things are changing and for the better.

3- I have always prepared meals to please others (Kind of goes back to not doing things for myself.). My family is supportive of me and encouraging me - 'us' - to all be healthier.

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4/3/17 12:33 P

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks.

1 - My focus was on hurts and difficulties in my life making me try to eat my way to "feeling better". Not any more - my focus is turned to God to help me through all days.

2 - My attempt at perfectionism made me want to quit at every bump in the road. Now I am looking for the small goals accomplished and the overall progress over time.

3- Other people and their food and fitness choices have influenced me. I need to make better choices for myself even if surrounded by other things. No matter if people support or discourage me, I need to do what is right for myself and family.

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1. I absolutely DESPISE cardio. I dread it, I loathe every second of it, I resent it. I enjoy strength training and walking, but my hatred for cardio has led me to completely giving up in the past.
2. Pressure from husband and friends to indulge in naughty foods when we're out somewhere. I still find it impossible to resist when it's shoved in my face.
3. Giving up entirely after slipping up once or twice. I've always been extremely hard on myself and lost faith.

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4/3/17 8:47 A

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1) Diet - finding what is truly a lifestyle change vs another diet program.

2) Exercise - tendency to go all out and then suffer injuries. Need to work slowly into some of the activities I want to do.

3) Social - I enjoy socializing and that can lead to poor choices w/diet and alcohol.

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Why diet & exercise plans did not work in the past.

2 years a go weight was 191 pounds,now 155 pounds,was 145 and gained weight back recently.
I was 150 pounds all my life and gained weight from a blood clot in my lung where I had trouble walking to the kitchen to fix food and could not walk much for 8 months. I got down to 145 pounds. So,it did work for a while,there is a reason I gained some weight back.

1. At times I can be a emotional eater. I need to allow in my diet daily a 100 calorie snack,treat that I like. It can be chocolate,ice cream,popcorn or something else. I do also eat fruit for snacks.

2. I need to work on a lifelong plan and not a diet to keep all weight off.

3. The hardest one, I have been put on a high salt,(blood pressure 80/50,need to raise it to be able to exercise) diet. I am also on a high cholesterol diet, because my cholesterol is too low to be healthy and advised to not have low fat dairy. I have been told recently to do less aerobic and more yoga to not lower my blood pressure more. I have a clot in one lung that also effects how hard I can work out. This is why I have gained some weight back.
My new plan regarding #3 is I have planned a new diet with 50% carbs.,2 servings are bread,remaining fruit & vegetables,18% protein,this is the amount most people need and 32% fat to raise my cholesterol, I do have some healthy fat from nuts & olive oil. I cut down on bread to increase my fat. I try towards the maximum cholesterol allowed to raise it. I have changed my diet recently without adding calories to it,it is not easy,but if I track my food I will be doing good!

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4/2/17 7:29 P

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Tracking- In the past, I would track during the week but not on the weekend or I would not track as honestly as I should. This time I am going to track every bite/every day/even I find myself going over my daily allotments.

Self-Sabotage - I feel like every time I am doing well I consciously or unconsciously sabotage myself by eating things I shouldn't. This challenge I am going to remind myself of my goals & make sure I go over them each time ice cream sounds like a great idea.

Sticking to the Plan - I do my best to meal plan & have healthy food in the house, but sometimes I feel blah or I don't want to cook anything or going out after a rough day sounds great. I am going to stick with my pre-planned and tracked meals and not give in to the daily temptations.


Things I learned:
I changed my exercise schedule so I am moving more the first few days of each challenge week so I am getting my air miles in during the beginning of the week so we can stay competitive. That really helped because once the weekend was active & on track, the rest of the week was easier. I can't let my team down!

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4/2/17 9:49 A

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1) Eating without accountability. I used to just eat whatever I wanted, whenever. I now log everything before I eat it. I even pre-log lunch and dinner every morning using *400 calorie meal holder so that I wont be left without any calories at the end of the day.

2)Meal planning. I always thought that meal planning was a waste of time. Now I plan meals a week in advance, shop using a list, prepare and cut up veggies when I get home from the store, and prepare several meals ahead of time and freeze. Takes a few hours from the weekend, but adds a lot of time to exercise and stay out of the kitchen during the week. As an added bonus, every few weeks I don't have to cook and grocery shopping bills have gone down.

3)Exercise - I live in a cold climate and when it's dark and cold, all I want to do is snuggle up and watch Netflix. So I need to move more and plan in 45 minutes of exercise into my day. I have a treadmill, I have an exercise bike, I have weights. I will use them.

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4/2/17 12:30 A

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. In the past I was always concerned with "calories" and low fat. I always felt deprived. I could only go so long before I threw in the towel. No one can go forever feeling deprived unless forced or at least not me anyway. *Now that I'm doing Low Carb Healthy Fat & Intermittent Fasting, I don't really pay much attention to calories. It's very freeing and much easier. The food has taste. I can have butter and cheese!
2. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried, after I was put on insulin it was hard for me to even lost a pound over several weeks. *Now I know that insulin is the cause of weight gain and by eliminating most of my carbs I have eliminated a huge portion of insulin running around in my body. Seeing results makes it easy to resist an occasional temptation.
3. I was hungry all the time. My stomach growled so much I called it "the beast" and it needed feeding. It was easy for me to have a taste here and there while I cooked or a bite of something one of the kids was eating. I was HUNGRY! *LCHF satisfies hunger.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

I read "The Obesity Code" by Dr. Jason Fung and discovered I had been thinking about diets and weight loss and even my diabetes the wrong way. Carbs don't cause weight gain. Carbs cause your body to make more insulin (to bring down the blood sugar the carbs raised) and it's insulin in the blood that is the cause of the gain. I'm done with fad diets and other nonsense that fat people advise. If it works, why are they fat?

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1. Sedentary job where I don't get many breaks or exercise during the day. Doing stress reduction exercises when I can. After work or even some mornings finish up my steps for the day.

2. Eating too much junk between meals and at the end of the day. No S to limit snacks, sugar and seconds. Also, a couple of days a week doing some intermittent fasting. I work late two nights, so eating my calories earlier so I can get out and walk. Walking at the end of the day is helpful to not allow myself boredom to eat mindlessly.

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?
Health and weight loss is a lifestyle and a process. I've been tweaking my diet and exercise program. Less is more when it comes to exercise. I want to have an exercise level I can maintain and not start and stop like it was when I was younger. I also want an eating program I can maintain.

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks.

1. Skipping breakfast because I sleep late in the morning.
-- Get up earlier to exercise and to eat breakfast each morning.

2. Emotional eating.
-- Keep only healthy snacks available. Have a mid-morning snack and a mid-afternoon snack to calm down my irrational eating. Post some positive quotes on my bulletin board over my desk and on the refrigerator door to remind me to stay focused.

3. Lack of exercise.
--Do mini exercise twice daily, one in the morning and one in the evening

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you? Persistence is the key to success. Not to give up on ME.


Edited by: FIT4HZGLORY at: 4/1/2017 (22:25)
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1) Enjoy wine/cocktail while socialize. Lowers my resistance to overeating.
I need to be strict here and limit myself to 2x a week. 2 drinks max.

2) I love to cook. I know good healthy cooking, but sometimes I go overboard with cheese, oil, etc. And I don't adhere to portion control.
Plan meals in advance. Carefully measure oils, cheese and high caloric ingredients.

3) When stress kicks in, I turn to food.
Remember HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired)... find alternatives - healthy snacks/meal, breathing, sleep, water/tea, etc. Overeating/binging isn't the solutions.


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I have lousy willpower.
I give up easily.
I'm easily distracted.

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I am an emotional eater
I love sweets especially ice cream and chocolate, I tend to binge when I think about them.
Skipping a workout for no other reason than being lazy

Hi my name is Shannon and I have a obsession with food

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1 - gave up on all exercise but walking

Strategy - I'm going to mix it up by adding ST & variety. I have plenty of options, just need to use them, no more excuses! Walk outdoors & ride bike when the weather's nice (BF did a tune up so it's ready to go!)
Backup plan for inclement weather: yoga, JessicaSmithTV, SparkpeopleTV, Fitdesk, Gazelle, mini-trampoline.

2 - got into the habit of watching movies & snacking when BF got his Firestick for Christmas

Strategy - winter's over & we have more daylight hours. I love the outdoors, time to get out of the house! Plenty of yardwork between our 2 houses plus lots to enjoy outdoors to replace TV time.

3 - work, I have a desk job & took on a new position in December that I'm over committed to.

Strategy - I've already got a plan in place, I've cut back from my 10 hour days & am setting a silent alarm on my Fitbit to remind myself to get up & get moving!

What have you learned along the way that has really helped you?

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I guess Iím approaching this more as situations that I didnít manage well in the past, and consequently got off track.

1. Often, I delay exercising until my husband gets home from work because I am unable to go walking on my own. But most often, we get distracted by other things. Iíve determined I really need to discipline myself to exercise during the day, and have found a few alternatives. Iíll continue to walk at the hospital when Iím there for appointments. There, I have confidence that if I have a problem thereíll be someone around who can help me! I have bought walking poles and once itís a bit nicer outside (itís snowing again Ė ugh) Iíll take short walks during the day. I have also chosen videos for yoga, seated weight training and seated core training. I can still go walk with my husband if weíre up to it, but if not I will still have gotten my exercise in.

2. I have recently gone back on a ketogenic diet. In the past, itís been difficult to maintain as when I get sick (e.g. migraines, allergic reactions, etc.) Iíll go for the quick energy, high sugar foods. Iíve now stocked up on keto-friendly snack foods to nourish me in those times when I canít get food together and am having crazy cravings for sweets.

3. Over-committing and underachieving. I often get carried away with all the things I want to do to get back on a healthier track, and then am disappointed with myself for not doing them. Chronic illness makes my energy levels unpredictable, so I will do my planning day-to-day instead of far ahead of time, and still identify a minimum for low-energy days rather than being unable to do anything from my long list!


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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!

1. Meal Plan Fail: I gather the recipes, buy the ingredients, but when it comes time to cook, it just seems like so much work that I end up ordering out. I then have a fridge full of nice veges that I end up throwing out after a while.

Strategy: Find much simpler recipes, buy pre-cut veges(cheaper to pay $.50 - $1 more than throw out the whole vege in the end. Less waste, too), have containers ready, block out a time on Sunday to put it all together.

2. Unable to resist potato chips and sweets: I eat potato chips to take the edge off of hunger though it's an unhealthy snack. I like the crunchiness and all the bbq flavoring. It's easy to simply reach for it, rip off the top, and grab a handful.

Strategy: Don't buy them, don't have them in the house. If someone brings them in, put them out of sight.

And with sweets, it's often in the form of sugar in my coffee, chocolate after dinner, and pastries. I have been able to resist cakes and ice cream so I think I'm being reluctant about letting go of these other goodies.

Strategy: For the Spring Challenge, I will give up pastries altogether, and I'll reduce my sugar intake to 25 grams a day. This means setting up a workable tracking system, or better yet, eat non-sugary things. Nothing to track then.

3. Skipping out on workout plan: this usually happens if I don't get enough sleep the night before, or still sore from previous workout.

Strategy: Commit to 11pm-7am sleep schedule(lights out, no cell phone in bed; get up on time and eat something an hour before work-out; warm-up properly. Continue taking glutamine supplement for soreness.

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Reason 1: I have had ten operations and it's been difficult to do some things. I usually start losing weight and then my back gives me problems and I have to stop for a while.

Reason 2: Sometimes I have no motivation, but I've been working on that by putting reminders around the house.

Reason 3: A while ago I was on some pills that made me gain weight and I wasn't told they would do that so I ate as I normally would until one day I quite literally woke up and realized how much weight I had put on. At least now, I haven't gained anymore weight, but I need to lose it now.

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Three reasons other diets/healthy lifestyle changes has failed me

One - After a while I would fall back into bad habits, not follow or continue follow the things I did that helped me lose the weight and keep it off.

Two - tried diets that I could not stick too or on forever

three - did not exercise that much nor drink water.


Through the years and stopping to pay attention to by body living a healthy life style,(eating well, exercising and drinking water) is my main goal and have been doing fairly well although I need to not fall into the trap of laziness.

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Three Reasons/Excuses My Lifestyle (diet/exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.

1) I relied heavily on take-out food
2) I have a succeed or fail mind.
3) I did not see taking care of myself as important

I went to a nutritionist and I am also following the Zone Diet. I have lots of mix and match meals that I can do without a ton of cooking.
I have been working on beginner's mind. I am learning to fail and go on
My body has sent me a message that it is not going to work properly again until I take care of it. Message heard.



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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.

1. I buy food that I shouldn't eat.. I do this all the time, and I blame Geo for it. When I move, I know I'm going to blame Richard, or eat Richard's bad food that we buy. There is no excuse for this, and so when I move I'm going to go on a low carb diet to avoid all the sugars that I always buy at the store. There will be no more buying bad food.

2. I have a past of anorexia, so sometimes when I don't eat carbs or enough food I get shaky and I end up bingeing on whatever bad food is around. The last time I went on my low carb diet (this one is the Keto diet) I didn't get the shakes, even though I wasn't eating carbs. So I'm going back on that diet so I don't fall into this temptation. And for those of you who are worried about me and that past, this Challenge helps keep me accountable since if I act on anything bad like that, then I can't participate. I also have not starved myself in years, so please don't worry about me!

3. I get hurt a lot and I don't exercise when I should. I need to be more careful and not push myself as hard as I want to. Also, I need to wear my sleep mask at night so I don't wake up with a migraine. I like to hurt the next day when I go to the gym, but then I undo my work because I don't work out for a while after I go. I love running, but I'm too big to run so when I try to run, I hurt my knees and shins. Basically, I need to do everything in moderation.

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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.
1) quit with the end of the challenge. Make life time adjustments
2) Emotional eating. Prioritize values and toss conflicts
3)Love of chocolate movechocolate to lower priority

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1 - I buy the things that I know will ruin my healthy eating plan. Like I ordered 6 boxes of girl scout cookies. I ate most of the cookies. I'm going to quit buying things like that. If I want something, I'm going to buy a small portion, like a 100 calorie pkg of cookies and eat them when I get home so I don't go back into the store and buy more. When I go to the store, I am a label checker. I decide to buy different things based on the carbs and sugars in the food. I am going to look at the carbs and sugars before I buy because 2 days ago I wanted doughnuts and when I looked at the carbs I didn't buy them.

2 - I eat unhealthy things before I go to bed. I am going to remember that I am just tired and just go to bed instead of eating. I discovered this problem 2 days ago. If I can't go to bed then I am going to chew some sugar-free gum.

3 - I skip exercise sometimes. I am going to exercise earlier in the evening like right when I get home or right after dinner (depending on how hungry my husband is). I will just put all the dishes in the sink and do them after exercising. I will do more strength training as I can do it while watching TV with my husband.

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Reason 1. Work
Reason 2. Work
Reason 3. I get lazy.

1. & 2. Work is an issue because I work long runs of days (sometimes 12 to 16 days straight) and long hours on many of those days. Because I work aboard an RV (the GG Hope Bus), people come onto it throughout the day. In the past I've planned healthy lunches (fruit, yogurt, nuts) but if it is a busy day, I don't stop working long enough to eat. Lunch ends up being a series of snacks instead.

To remedy Reasons 1 & 2 this Challenge, when there is a volunteer on the RV, I will eat my lunch in the back room of the RV, in a relaxed manner so that I can be MINDFUL of what I'm eating. If there is not a volunteer, I will space my meals differently based on the time we are closing up.

3. Many days I plan out my meals in my head, and by the time I get home I am too tired to cook them. Since I am allergic to raw greens & some raw veggies, salads don't work.

We have two healthy food vegan restaurants locally. On those really long days, I will order a healthy meal to take home for dinner. (Working on this idea since some evenings I am so tired even the thought of making an extra stop can make me cry.)


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1. I hate to cook. I got a cookbook for one and one for the crock pot so maybe it wont be so bad. also got a list of healthy frozen entrees as well as acceptable fast food selections.

2. I hate veggies. made a list of the few I will eat and got spices to change them up or a way to incorporate them in my foil meals or soups. now to do it lol

3.i have failed sooooo much that I just don't have faith that I can do it. got some inspirational messages and an afformations have copied them and put them around the house--ie on my frig-on the mirror where I put on my makeup each morning-at the bathroom sink-at the computer. hopefully this plus all of your words of encouragement will spark me ( excuse the pun) to stay on track.



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Lack of planning and prep.
An obsessive all or nothing attitude
Giving up if I made a mistake


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List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past.

~1. Too strict/structured. Having to eat certain foods at certain times. But what if I didn't want that for lunch/supper or I wanted more? What if I can't find that certain food (or ingredient) in my area? Failing to keep strictly to the diet plan would really mess me up. My mind, thinking I screwed the whole day, would whisper, go ahead and pig out today and start over tomorrow. I had so many day ones I lost count. Now I keep what I know is ok with my new way of eating on hand. I eat what I want when I am hungry, and I don't eat when I'm not. Learning to tell the difference has really helped.

~2. Too inconsistent. I often gave in to stress, boredom, movies, or just overeating. I decided that this year no excuses are allowed, plus, I ask myself questions like, do I really want this snack/food I've suddenly wanted to eat for a moment, even though I'm not hungry (impulse eating), or do I keep going for the body I've wanted all my life? Consistency is where it's at.

~3. Too pressured. People mean well. Try this, try that, and so often I would because I didn't want to hurt feelings or feel left out. Now I say no, thank you, and I stick with my no, thank you. Sometimes I even get argued with, oh come on, it's good, you should try it, just one bite, you deserve a couple slices of pizza, you've not had any in months, etc... Well, what I deserve is my health back and to feel good about myself, so now I consistently (there it is again) stick with my no, thank you. and use these words, "I don't want any." not "I can't have that, it's not on my diet."



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Maintenance after weight loss as been one issue, lack of planning and boredom.
I now have the time and desire to really do well.
If now, then when?

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