The age old adage of ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ has been used as the mantra for weight management (loss/gain/maintenance) for as long as I’ve been trying to manage my weight. What I have noticed, however, is that the more I plan, the more I fail. How terrible is that? Maybe I just rebel against authority, even if it’s my own.
Take, for example, the K.I.S.S. blog entry wherein I wrote about these easy workouts that I could and would do every single day. Ever since that entry–I haven’t worked out once.
Yes, the workouts are taped RIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR. They are literally in my face whenever I go to leave the apartment and whenever I pass into the kitchen, and yet, I’ve turned a blind eye and ignored them completely.
The fitdecks and resistance bands, too, are gathering dust.
This is a pattern that I have noted more than once about myself. I start off with the best of intentions and I plan and plan and plan… but that’s as far as my motivation gets me. I finish up with the last detail of the diabolical weight loss scheme and my motivation goes (with a thick Minnesota accent) “Oof-da! That there is enough work–you betcha!” and my motivation just clocks out.
My latest endeavor is to participate in this 8 week book-learning course (through work, of course) that details healthy eating habits for all (not just people looking to lose weight, but really the right way to eat as a regular ol’ human being). I like to think I know it all, but the pre-test showed that I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m hoping that the structure of that class will help to keep my mind on fitness and that having a variety of OPTIONS available to be active and healthy will help me to succeed.
One of the healthy-minded girls that I interact with on Facebook posted a pin from pinterest that showed using post-it notes to set daily goals with daily rewards, so I decided to give it a whirl:
I liked the idea so much, actually, that I put the template in a frame with the post-it notes on top. In case it’s too difficult to read, the first goal is to “Clean up/off desk at work: wall, surface, files.” The reward for completing this task is “new batteries for my butterfly”
The second goal is to “Set limits for gaming: pre-requisites, curfew.” The reward for this task is a new set of batteries for my kitchen scale (CR2032).
The last goal is to “Check out/join community center.” Because of the area that I’m in, and the agreements that the localities have with each other, I can actually join any of three community centers in my area for about $30/month. The one I was looking at last night would let both Jeff and I join for $50/month for both of us. They have access to a 24 yard (I think?) lap pool, sauna, whirlpool, tennis courts, cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, and group classes including aqua zumba–whaaat?? I really want to check that out this weekend. The reward for checking out the community center is a walk outside with Jeff. D’awwe 🙂 He’s already agreed to be a part of my reward system hehe.