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Whoops Day Recovery & 2020 Winter 5% Challenge

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Monday, December 02, 2019

On Saturday we went to a big birthday party with lots of appies. That day I ate light, and prepared my snack to take along, string cheese and apple slices 180 calories, leaving room for birthday cake. We left the house with so much stuff (music stand, guitar, gifts, appies, wine, etc.) we decided to take the car rather than walk the 2 blocks. I started off ok, avoided the dining room with mountains of appies. Later I discovered I forgot my snack. I think you know where I am going with this... quickly justifying why I can 'indulge just a bit' - I have been doing well lately, lost 30 pounds in a year, I am at my lowest weight in 20 years, I'll just have a little taste of a couple of things... OK, I am not going to say lesson learned.

Wiki defines 'lessons learned' as experiences distilled from a project that should be actively taken into account in future projects. LOL, I am not making an excuse and say I've learned and it will never happen again. We can all have a whoops day, it's what you do the day after that counts. Sunday I fasted till dinner as I was not at all hungry. I had a small stir fry, went to bed early and Monday I am not hungry. If I am not proactive, then I can be reactive and follow a good recovery plan which includes eating lighter, more exercise, and going to bed earlier.

This week will be like walking through land mines. Tuesday we are going out for dinner with friends and then to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Wednesday I have a club Christmas lunch and in the evening my sorority has a home-cooked turkey Christmas dinner. Thursday we fly to Edmonton for our annual Christmas celebrations with family and friends there. Friday is time with family and friends. Saturday is a family brunch and gift exchange and in the evening the company Christmas party which includes a buffet. Sunday is a concert and a family dinner. Monday we fly home. If I anticipate the daily calories... crazy...

Travel Strategy

follow buffet rules
snack for the plane - apple slices & string cheese
daily nutrition tracking
weigh myself daily
PGX capsules
breakfast smoothies 255 calories - take-along protein powder
drink lots of orange pekoe tea (caffeine-free) - take tea bags
split lunch with a friend when dining out - avoid buffets
20-minute meal
log in to Spark daily!
before taking food, look at the whole spread to decide what I REALLY want
Plate Model - 1/2 plate is fruit & veggies, 1/4 proteins, 1/4 grains
one plate only, no seconds.
drink lots of water with a meal
no appetizers
burn it to earn it - increase exercise
be the one who suggests going for a walk - try Pokemon & geocache
remember Jan. 1st Target Weight 189.0 pounds

I will keep coming back to this list to remind myself that I have a plan to follow it so I don't gain weight this month.

2020 Winter 5% Challenge!

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