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Was It the Plan Or Was It Me?

There is this thing called 'having a plan'. And then there is 'following the plan'. And then there is 'modifying the plan'. And then there is 'just ignoring the plan'.

And for this week, I believe I have done a little of all of the above.

It's great to have a goal, and a plan. But honestly, it has to be executed or it just won't happen. If you become complacent with just having a plan (like I have done) well your results won't be what you were hoping to see.

My weight loss plan didn't exactly get executed in the way that I had intended for it to...

I gained 2lbs this week. I know right?!? But I'm not going to let that totally discourage me. It just means I have to stop and take a look at what happened. So, what happened? Well, I had a plan. (that's good). I wrote out said plan (When You Reach The Moment You'll Know), and then... well... I didn't execute the plan. I ate a lot of emotions this week - a lot. (ummmm... yeah.. that wasn't part of the plan.. not even a modified one).

That being said, I also realized that my workout goals aren't happening either. You can have a program, but if you
don't have the time or the energy or the motivation (because you are so sore or tired) to do the program, well then something needs to change.

So I'm having to modify my plan. For the weight loss / better health - I think my plan is pretty solid. I just need to execute it. I mean, you aren't going to get results if you don't.. well... at least follow the plan. But as far as emotional eating goes, I'm going to try some deep breathing, hoping to try to find a way to add yoga back to my routine (I've missed it), and distracting myself with coloring or reading when I know that I am eating because of emotions. So I now have my 'modified' weight loss plan  - if I want to see results I'm going to have to execute it!

With my workout goals, I need to modify those as well. I have always always always been a cardio girl. Always! If I was lacking time, it was always strength training that was pushed aside. I always tried to make sure that I got my cardio in. Well... that's changing. I'm going to try to make strength training my priority (I just had a small panic attack just typing that!) But my Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is back with a vengeance (Podiatrist appt next week). So my running is being cut back. I'm diversifying my workouts by adding in spin, aqua jogging and swimming. Of course I want to keep up with my cardiovascular fitness,
but I'm going to try to focus on making sure that I get in my strength training. And that realistically might mean that cardio might not happen that day. Seriously though I have a hard time just typing that - so time will tell if I can actually put that in action. It's different when you are injured and you can't workout. So you do something else. It's a different ballgame when you choose to do strength training over cardio. Well at least it is for me. But that's the modification that I'm making to the plan. Now, yep, I need to execute it.

Last but not least... my blogging goals. Both here and at Today's Words Of Glass. I wrote everything out in my nice neat little blog planner. I had my post ideas. My days for when I might post them. It was brainstorming at its finest. I put my plan on paper and I sort of semi kindof executed it.

My result? Yeah... I didn't get most of my posts even in the draft stage. Because the truth is just putting it out there with out any work behind it.. well.. gets you a blank screen.

That being said, it also left me to modifying the plan. I realized I needed to tweak a few things. One of those was where my 'office' was... It was currently downstairs in the basement. Which was fine except now that Lil Man is in school in the afternoons, I was finding that I didn't want to go to the basement to work. I was craving natural sunlight. Soooooooooo I got a wild hair, moved an antique sewing machine (scratched and grooved our hardwood floor ooops) and set me up a small office in our dining room.

Now I can be upstairs, feel like I have my own real place, and enjoy the natural light. And I'm hoping by being upstairs that maybe I can get in some early morning blog work done. I'm not sure how that will work, but that's another modification that I may have to make so that I can try to put my plan into action.

Honestly, no this week didn't go as planned! No one trying to lose weight wants to gain 2 lbs, miss half of their workouts, and get zero blog posts out (if that's a goal). But you know, it happened. It is what it is, and I can choose to learn from it or beat myself up. I'm choosing to move forward.

Who is with me?

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