I decided that I want a plan for doing less, and yet enough to be SUCCESSFUL and motivated, instead of merely "holding my own" and fighting discouragment, during time periods when I am able to do less of the "total immersion in SparkPeople and weight loss".
I like trying new things and can get over-booked. Life can get busy and stressful at times for all of us. We beat our heads against the wall for a time, and then we're tempted to "throw away the baby with the bath water", to just coast, or to take a Spark break. To better cope with such feelings, I am now planning ahead of time to blatantly do LESS, ON PURPOSE. (i.e. work more efficiently and make what I do count, easy once I come up with a custom plan, with work-a-rounds for current problems)
I have set some "bare minimum" weekly goals. Here's HOW the FIRST OF SUCH WEEKS WENT.
Reporting on my first week of “COMMIT, BUT TO VERY LITTLE” ” “BLAZE OF GLORY” GOALS for the remainder of 2010
Here it is in "emoticon":
Here's the translation, in English.
I was able to do all 4 of my "minimalist" goals.
~Entered weight for instant graphing.
~Daily deficits averaged 601 (4208 for the week earned 1.2 lb loss. Actual loss = 1.4 lbs.)
~Enjoyed crossing things off next day's "to do" list, nightly.
~Motivational grab-bag was fun and kept me from doing too much or too little. Spent less time online and still felt enthused and a part of things.
~The time rewards kept me from feeling guilty for screwing off when there were things I "should" be getting done. I still have to decide what I want to do with the BIG ONE. the 90 minutes of "screw off" time I've earned for this week. Maybe a movie.
Better yet. DH drives a convertible and is often wanting to do "top down' rides. Since the day is so nice, I think I'll suggest a "top down" ride to view the colorful trees. We could even stop at a park for a walk to enjoy the leaves up close and personal.
WILL CONTINUE WITH SAME FOUR GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
1. Weight graph.
2. Daily deficit.
3. Plan ahead, cross off "won't do"'s.
4. Motivational grab-bag.
Daily rewards of "screw off" time. Weekly reward of big chunk of "screw off" time.
1. WEIGHT GRAPH
Weigh ONCE daily & enter weight on Ipod Touch “app”. It keeps a cumulative total and updates my graph instantly. It shows me a trend, so I can make subtle changes to correct for zigs that zag in the wrong direction.
2. DAILY DEFICIT
Wear bodybugg & log calories consumed, so bodybugg software can track daily calorie deficits. (Can be done without bugg, by using trackers. The bugg just does the exercise busy work for me.)
~750 cal per day earns a 1.5 lb weekly loss or 17.5 lbs in the remaining 82 days of 2010
~500 cal per day earns a 1 lb weekly loss or 11.7 lbs by the end of 2010.
~250 cal per day earns a 0.5 lb weekly loss or 5.8 lbs by the end of 2010.
~601 cal per day, like THIS WEEK, could earn 14 more lbs OFF.
~TIME-SAVER TIP: I have started a "custom goal" called Bodybugg Deficit. I enter the number of the deficit each day and SP tracks the NUMBER OF STREAK DAYS, so that I will get a consistency rating, even if I miss a day. SP totals the deficit numbers, when I ask it for a WEEKLY or MONTHLY report. Sweet! Much easier than adding up those numbers like I used to do in a blank checkbook ledger.
3. PLAN AHEAD
To save time, plan meals, activities and free time. Keep it simple. Review “to-do” list nightly to cross off things I will NOT do the following day. (Smile )
4. MOTIVATIONAL GRAB-BAG
Choose ONE and no more than FOUR of these daily activities, to keep me emotionally nourished and accountable, when time is limited.
~Say “hi” to my peeps.
~Say “no” to one thing that CUES me to want to overeat.
~Read one SP article.
~Resist looking longingly and lustfully at one food item I’ve fallen prey to in the past.
~Read my cards with reasons I want to lose weight.
~Read someone’s blog.
~Write a short blog.
~ Update my friend’s feed status.
~Stop by a friend’s page & leave a comment.
~Send someone a Goodie.
~Huddle with two teams.
~Daily reward for 80% compliance = 15 minutes to waste or use just for me.
~Daily bonus of 10 additional minutes for 100% compliance.
~Weekly reward for 80% compliance = 60 minutes to waste or use just for me.
~Weekly bonus of 30 additional minutes for 100% compliance.