GAME Plan: When progress isn’t success.

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GAME PlanHello, Dragons! I’m down another 1½ lbs. and while I’m happy that I’m still making progress, there are aspects of what I’m doing that I’m disappointed in. I’m focusing on my diet more than I’m focusing on fitness and that’s a little frustrating because I often feel like I’m failing at half of my goals each week.

The problem is not a lack of desire; it’s a lack of time. As I’ve said before, I wake up at 5am, I’m out the door for a 90 minute commute by 5:45, I work until at least 3pm, drive another 90 minutes home and then it’s time for dinner, working on my blog and podcast, and spending time with my husband before hitting the hay by 10, if not earlier. By the time I get free time (usually the weekends) there are things other than working out that I want to spend time doing.

Focus on what is working…

As I see it, I have a few options. First, I could dedicate a certain amount of time each week to forcing myself to work on my fitness goals. While this is would be a physically healthy decision, for me, right now, it’s not a mentally healthy one. I have a hard job and it takes a lot of energy. While I realize that forcing it might give me more energy because I’m more active, it’s not helping me recharge my batteries.

I can focus on my diet and step up my nutrition game, but then I feel like I’m neglecting my fitness goals completely. I feel like I need something in between. I need to find opportunities to be active without forcing myself to fit it into an already busy schedule. So, I’m going back to something I was doing a few weeks ago and I’m combining the 2. I’m going to buy my cheats with activity.

Plugging this week into the GAME Plan, this is how I fared:

Gradual Changes

In my last article, I set my nutrition goal as watching carbs, and with a few exceptions, I think I was pretty successful with this. I also said I was going to add workouts to my schedule. That just flat out didn’t happen. I was at a fun Pokémon Cosplay event this past Saturday, and made a point to keep moving around (I didn’t sit the entire day) but that was about it.

My goals for the next two weeks:

Nutrition and Fitness Goal: Buy cheats with physical activity.

I’m reducing the 2 goals down to 1 this week so that I have a singular purpose that fulfills both nutrition and fitness. I’m not going to cheat unless I’ve done something active to counter it. If I feel like ice cream, I have to ask myself, “Did I do something active to counter it?” No? Then I don’t get ice cream. If I want some french fries, am I willing to walk to the restaurant? If so, I get some french fries! And there will be no stacking. We’re going to maintain a 1 cheat to 1 activity ratio.

Accountability

Not accomplishing goals isn’t something that just spontaneously happens to us. It’s not like I woke up this morning and said, “Oh no! I didn’t work out at all in the last two weeks! There were conscious decisions made that resulted in me not working out. As the weeks progressed, that awareness is what motivated me to crack down harder on my nutrition. Thinking about my food choices has become a daily event for me. It’s something I’m always conscious of and that’s what makes me accountable on weeks where I’m not succeeding in other areas.

Moderation

As the last two weeks moved on, I was aware of how much activity I wasn’t getting in, so I tried to watch my food intake. Salads have become a much bigger part of my diet and I cut back on alcohol this week as well.

Enthusiasm

One thing that has kept me motivated over the last few weeks is listening to the Dumbbells and Dragons podcast! It’s always fun to hear how others reach their goals and what different tricks and tips they have for finding success. While I don’t know that I’m in a place to implement all of them right now, they definitely give me ideas for when I’m in a place in my life to add more intense workouts and nutrition to my daily routine.

These last two weeks were not a failure, but they certainly weren’t a success. It’s hard to change your habits and stay motivated, but where real failure creeps in, is when you let setbacks stop your momentum completely. I can dwell on my failures this week, or I can find ways to adjust my course so that I can be more successful in the future.

What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!

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