Have you ever impetuously blurted out you’d do something big only to wonder how you could do it; and then someone important holds you accountable? YIPES! It happened to me in Feb. 1985 when I was watching a movie with Penny Marshal participating in the Kona Ironman World Championships. I cockily leaned over to my Dad and said, “if Laverne can do it, I can do it.” Dad looked me right in the eye and said, “Prove it”… To make a long story short it was a defining period of my life when I learned I could do (almost) anything I set my mind to if I had my ducks in a row.
What is getting your ducks in a row really mean? To me it’s getting together all the possible pieces of your puzzle in a sequential fashion with short-term goals/tests and back-up plans that build in requiring you to do whatever you have to learn to do well, with as much professional guidance and support as you can afford.
My story: My process required twice a week “Masters Swim” sessions, biking up to 175 miles a week, and a lot of falls. Did I accomplish my ambitious target time (<13 hours): No: 13:05! Did I finish that year (1985)? Of course, not finishing was never a consideration.
#1. Self-confidence that I could succeed if/when I “got my ducks in a row;”
#2. My husband who I met along the way, and other life-long friends; and,
#3 All the amazing things I learned about myself and how to turn my body into a physical machine.
How did I do it? From the get go I committed “to do it well the first time” so I would never feel the need to do it again (and I didn’t).
I invite you to “get set” this week; to lock in whatever it is you need to do to really be prepared, so there is NOT a doubt you will accomplish your goals.
Fortunately, the BDS provides you with a step-by-step recipe for success. Note that enhancing your physical activity is absolutely required to “Think thin” over time, and that the Wellness Compass Journey uses a similar process of goal accomplishment -because it works!
Week 3. GET SET: Preparing to diet/exercise regularly
- 15/Day 7. Weigh-In #3. Organize your home and work to remove temptations.
- 16/Day 8. Complete the Beck Priorities Chart & schedule time daily for you & your priorities.
- 17/Day 9. COMMIT TO YOUR FITNESS. Create a realistic 4-12 week workout plan.
- 18/Day 10. Set/reset achievable goals & a realistic way to measure your progress.
- 19/Day 11. Study the difference between hunger, appetite (desire) and cravings (to nix cravings).
- 20/Day 12. Skip lunch this day to learn that you can tolerate hunger. Reflect on feelings. Drink water.
- 21/Day 13. Practice 5 eating distraction activities: Rate their effectiveness. Share with your diet buddy.
Want More? If your moods affect your eating check out this “Emotional distress” resource from CCI, even if you know you DON’T have an eating disorder.