Day 41, Planning for a Week

“Set your intentions for the week. People who plan achieve.”
~Anonymous
 
 
My weight readings have fallen; I am back to my lowest point.  I am planning to lose 1.45 kg more for this journey.  By next Saturday, one week from now, I plan to lose to 51 kg.
 
 
Here are my reminders for today.  I have already checked my weight and made a green drink for breakfast.
 

Afternoon

 
The library had a long line of adults, children, and babies, dressed in Halloween costumes and COVID-19 masks, waiting at the entrance for a party.  
 
The leaves have fallen over the sidewalks along my walk from the library.
 
I have done the activities on the reminder list above.  This is my third reminder list so far on this journey, since October 22, 2020.  To view the previous lists, click on the right arrow in the main topic.
 
I visited my neighbors this afternoon rather than Sunday; our cosmetologist is coming tomorrow.
 

Weekly Planning

 
Yesterday, I almost finished, Clearer, Closer, Better:  How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis.  Throughout her book, she has many intriguing stories, along with occasional tips on how to do things better, backed by research.  She often does these studies herself with her college students.
 
One tip is to use a wide bracket in your planning.  Emily compared the semester grades of students who planned each day versus those who planned a week at a time.  Those who made weekly plans did better by as much as a full grade point.
 
I worked briefly with a life coach in Utah in 2013.  The first thing he asked me was what my weekly goals were.  I sent him my first set of weekly goals.  Since then, I have reverted to daily and annual planning, but this experience taught me I could get a lot done if I viewed the week as a whole.  If Emily’s students could improve their grades by an entire point, this is worth changing my planning methodology.  Maybe I should have stuck with the wide bracket.
 
This is a change I want to implement soon.  When I draw mindmaps of activities to accomplish in the next seven days, I will create them for one week instead of a day or two.  They will be busy mindmaps.  However, it will be advantageous to see week-at-a-glance.
 
Sunday
cosmetologist
3:00 PM
Tuesday
Jacque
11:30 AM
Wednesday
 
chiropractor
10:45 AM
neighbors
12:30 PM
Thursday
maids
TBA
 
This is what is on the calendar so far for the week.
 

Weekly Weight Loss Planning

 
As I mentioned, I want to reach 51 kg (about one pound of weight loss) by next Saturday.  According to my calculations, that is possible.  I can draw up a reminder list that will set me up for success.  My metabolic rate is approximately 1900 calories a day.  I plan to eat 1200-1400 calories a day.  An average daily 500-calorie deficit will yield a one-pound loss per week.  You and I both know that this will not always work out exactly.  However, it is worth shooting for.  This is Day 41 of my program, and I have lost 7.4 pounds.  That is more than one pound per week on average.  My average intake is 1262 calories, not counting the 9.6% of the days I slipped up.
 
If all goes well this week, it should take me less than three more weeks to finish this journey.  I can finish before Thanksgiving.  I cannot call the shots that far ahead, however.
 

Stabilization Phase

 
Do not fear that I will leave you, however.  I plan to blog about my stabilization phase afterward.  It is quite challenging to maintain a loss.  If you think it will be easy, plan to gain the weight back.  The healthy habits you install while on this journey must become a regular part of your routine.  Plan to keep making green drinks.  You may even have to keep a diet log.  I will lead the way, and you can see one way to do it.
 
I hope you do not have slip-ups as I have.  However, I believe there is value in showing you how I managed them.  They can be very demoralizing, so do what you can to avoid slip-ups.  If you have too many, you may give up entirely.  I would hate to see that happen.  Any time you are tempted to eat something without recording it, you know you are in the danger zone.  If you do not know my slips-ups.  They are:
 
 
Some of these I did for social reasons.  I probably did not need to go as overboard as I did, however, even while in the company of someone else.  Obviously, I have more to learn about balancing health and social goals.  
 
Evening
 

Diet Diary

 
 
 

Prayer

 
 
EVENING PRAYER
 
Lord,
 
Thanks again for helping me stay on track with my diet today.  Here is my mindmap of reminders for today.
 
This blog journey has been 41 days so far.  It may last 110 days.  Please, help me to keep it fresh and readable.
 
Young goblins are out today.  What a sight it was to see them all lined up!  I have not seen that many people together, except on TV, since the start of the pandemic.
 
Lord, please bless the firefighters, especially those here in Colorado.  Please bless the evacuees.  The situation is reaching the stage of a disaster.  Seconds ago, I asked my husband about donating money to the Red Cross for the Colorado wildfires.  He has not given his okay yet, but he may.
 
He okayed a donation for hotel meals for evacuees in Grand County, Colorado!
 

Morning

 
Lord,
 
The first week of my 60th year had its ups and downs.  However, I feel content about it overall.   Bless us this coming November, our gratitude month, that we will not experience surfeit but will enjoy a lightness of attitude and spirit.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.  If you wish to download a FREE copy of my ebook (with no need to enter your name or email), click on the book below.  Please continue this journey with me by clicking on the arrows at the right of the page.      
 
 
 
 
 
 
This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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