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Avoiding the excuses, staying on track

When we were growing up, my siblings used to joke that I was the queen of excuses. If I didn’t want to do something, I could find every reason to avoid it at all costs. 

Laundry to fold? I needed to go to the bathroom. Or suddenly I recycling to sort, or some homework to do. Food I didn’t want to eat? I was full. Or I was allergic, or I still had more homework to do. I could come up with excuse after excuse, hoping that someone else would pick up the slack in my absence, or just throw away the things I didn’t want to deal with. (Or in one instance, hunt me down in the clubhouse where I was hiding and force me to finish my chicken nuggets. Thanks, Scott.)

As an adult, I’m still REALLY good at finding excuses. But I’ve found the only way to move past them is to avoid them altogether. When it comes down it, I play to my organizational strengths and plan, plan, plan. This has been especially helpful in the last six weeks or so. 

When I started my new job, I realized I’d have to find a new routine, a new plan as you will. It was easy to find lots of excuses, however. 
  • I’m too busy
  • I’m too tired 
  • It’s too cold 
  • I’m too stressed
I realized I needed to cut myself some slack during this transition in my life, but I also didn’t want to lose all the progress I’d made in transitioning to a healthy lifestyle. The solution? Plan, plan, plan. 

It may seem obsessive to some, but each week I make a game plan. My runs are scheduled around my husband’s work week, and sometimes around the availability of a grandparent to watch Kenlee. Our dinners are planned around our schedules, with slow cooker recipes on the nights when no one will be home until after 6 p.m. I also had to change my lunch packing routine because I ran out of time to get everything around at 5 a.m. Now after dinner each night, I pack all my food for the next day so I can just grab and go in the morning. I even track all my Weight Watchers points when I pack my lunch, so I know in advance how many I'll have left for breakfast and dinner.

Time to dust this thing off and put it to use!
Speaking of Weight Watchers, I stopped avoiding the meetings I know I need. I've been just a few pounds from Lifetime for a couple of months, but I can't seem to keep the last 5 pounds off for more than a week or two at a time. So last week, I gave in and found a meeting center near my office. They have a meeting at noon on Fridays, so I can easily go on my lunch hour. Before I could make an excuse, I headed out the door.

The receptionists and meeting leader were all very nice and welcoming. I shared my story and explained I needed some extra support to take off these last 5 pounds and KEEP THEM OFF. I want to reach maintenance mode, and I know I'll need guidance to stay there. To keep myself accountable, when I got back to work I set a meeting reminder in my calendar for every Friday. It's just another plan to help me stay on track! 

I know I am stronger than my excuses, and I know there are plenty of people out there with REAL excuses and struggles who are still conquering their battles and doing amazing things. I also know sometimes even the best laid plans are thrown off track, but without my plans I have no track to follow!

I'm even working on a plan to keep this blog on track - because nearly two months between posts is unacceptable to me. I know blogging my journey provides me with a higher level of accountability, and I also love knowing I provide people with ideas and inspiration. Soon, I hope to start sharing some of my meal ideas and recipes, as well as some advice for first-time runners and Weight Watchers.

I'm curious to know what my readers do to stay on track - I love reading other people's ideas! How do you plan ahead to avoid the excuses? 

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