Over the years I have tried almost every diet known to man. And I've tried losing weight by just reducing what I eat, but none of it has worked long term; I have always put the weight back on. This is the year I change that.
Now, I'm no a new weight loss journey.
This time around it's way more than that though. This time it's about a more holistic approach to my entire health and well-being. It's about Taking Care of Me.
As you may or may not know, I'm a 54-year old post-menopausal woman. I run my own business from home, and like many women my age, I struggle with putting myself first. Whether it's my business or other people, I always seem to have plenty of time and energy for those things, then end up depleted with little left for myself.
Since November 2018 I have been on a weight loss journey as part of this, and have discovered that making a DAILY PLAN is one of the most pivotal aspects. I've created my own daily planner you can download. If you're not into using electronic documents, download it anyway and use the template in a handwritten format. Easy!
With previous weight loss regimes I have always pretty much made it up as I went. I might have had a plan one or two days a week, but I definitely didn't stick to them. And, I definitely wasn't consistent with making them either.
For the last six weeks I have been making a DAILY PLAN, every single day. Have I stuck to it 100% of the time? No, I haven't. But, the three or four times I have deviated from my plan, I have made an equally healthy choice - that is the important part. Or if I have had something extra, I have left something else out and not had it that day.
Here's are some examples of when I have deviated from my DAILY PLAN:
So... how do I make my DAILY PLAN?
Using a templated Google spreadsheet I record a number of things:
It's quite a comprehensive record, but it's really interesting to reflect on, and it really helps me to be
(a) My food intake and exercise.
(b) My thought processes.
(c) My feelings underpinning those thoughts.
In my opinion, finding out why we do something is the vital key to being able to change or stop it. Without this knowledge we are going blind really and may never get to the bottom of why we do what we do. Recording our thoughts and feelings is a great way to achieve this.
If you'd like to track your food, exercise, thoughts and feelings, you can download a FREE copy of my Daily Planner here.
Have a great week and keep going!