September 27, 2007

Hi, my name is Leslie and I'm a LISTAHOLIC

Last night I was bored and so started to outline HOW I was going to lose weight for the rest of the year and then until June when we return to Israel for my brother-in-law's wedding.

Does anyone else do this?? Outline their plan and weight loss goals... like "I'll lose 8 pounds each month, which will put me at X weight by June, and I wont do this, this or this and I'll exercise in THIS exact fashion"... lists and graphs, and charts etc etc etc.... I do this ALL THE TIME. I think because it makes me feel like it's doable when I see it all neatly laid out.... and I get all excited because I'm sure it will work... and it will work IF it is actually followed. This is where things always falls apart: plan EXECUTION. I'm a procrastinator at heart... LOVE to make lists of what I'm GOING to do - have lists of lists that cross-reference other lists. LOVE to make lists (did I already say this?!). However it's the follow through that I suck at. I know that if I just DID something instead of spending an hour making a list, that I'd get much more done. I'm really working on that. I have to stop the 'I'll do it later' mentality, as I've realized in the last few months that not only does it affect my daily life in terms of getting things done, but it also affect my weight loss goals... as I allow myself to indulge saying 'well, I'll get back on plan tomorrow'.

Anyway, not sure why I'm blabbing on about this, I guess because these thoughts struck me once again as I was laying out yet ONE more perfect plan for weight loss. The foundation of this plan of course is that I will start this wonderful strategy the MINUTE :) I get home (ha - and as I wrote this, I said to myself, 'well maybe I'll give myself a day to get back into the swing of things'.....AHHHHHHHHH I really am my worst enemy).

I know that it IS helpful to write down your goals and strategies, but I know it's also detrimental to just write these things down and NOT follow through. I run the risk that the not-so-quiet voice in my head that says I CAN'T do this will be proved right once again and therefore make this journey just that much more harder.

It is exciting to see the plan on paper though :-P


Scale Junkie said...

ME!!! I am the one who maps it all out on paper too! I try to keep it realistic with a reasonable amount of weight loss of 2 pounds per week but then I say...what if I lose 2.5 pounds per week, thats an extra how many pounds? and if I lose 3 pounds a I have tried to keep my plan to 2 pounds a week and so far I have my

Looking Great in 2008
Feeling Fine in 2009

Its all mapped out. I think its important to set goals and reward yourself along the way too!

Chubby Chick said...

I don't really keep lists... but I'm always figuring out stuff in my head... like... "If I lose 2 pounds per week... I will weigh x-number of pounds in x-number of months. lol

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Making lists is definitely a better choice than eating baked goods... I think it gives you something to shoot for and can help you to feel more motivated. Heck, you might even burn a couple of calories with all of that furious scribbling!

Sonya said...

I think we are all guilty of this at one time or another. If I actually followed my 'lists' I would have been at goal years ago. I always set out to lose 8-10 pounds a month or I'll be at this weight by this time. It never happens though.

The best goal to have is to make it through one day, then two, then three etc..etc...

As I say this though I did sign up for the xmas challenge started on the blogs. I was nervous about it, as I'm a believe that past behaviour predicts future behaviour BUT, I have put a goal and I will try to reach it.I tried to make it realistic - something I never did in the past!

honib1 said...

just stumbled on your blog.. I am a list queen too... love it.. great great posts... looking forward to reading more... putting you my blog list..
have a super weekend

EclecticGirl said...

I do it too! I weighed in for the first time today, and lost 1.4lbs. Now I've worked out that if I lose 1.4lbs a week, I'll be at goal in 57 weeks. Over a year, which then had me thinking of ways to lose faster! Argh!

Great blog, by the way! I found it yesterday and read the whole thing! You're doing great - keep it up!


Teale said...

Hi there, I thought I'd stop by & check out your blog! I'm doing WW myself, and Scale Junkie linked you on her latest entry, so here I am! I'm going to add you to my list of daily reads:)