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I’ve had a bit of an epiphany these last few days.  Part of it came from a conversation I had with LC about just buckling down and sticking with the Medifast.  Part of it came from a guest blog post that Brad Gansberg wrote on Tara’s blog.  And the final impetus I needed came from Jenna‘s comment on my blog post yesterday:

Before I lost weigh I used to feel the same way. I think what was happening to me was that I would make say, 60% good choices. Then I felt so darn good about myself for making SO many good choices that I would give myself all sorts of pats on the back, free passes, special occasions, etc. thinking that I deserved them. So those 40% free passes basically evened everything out, canceling out all my “good choices.” Same with working out–I’d feel so proud of myself for working out, I’d have a nice little snack when I came home from the gym…likely canceling out the work I just did. When I finally lost weight, it was because I went 30 full days with not ONE pat on the back. I was 100% for 4 weeks, didn’t weigh myself (so I wouldn’t get down if I didn’t lose a ton the first few weeks), and just resigned myself to the rules I had set for myself. My social life sorta sucked, but it was worth it to commit for 30 days with no exceptions. I think balance is important long term, but not when it’s time to buckle down and get the work done.

And so I have come to the conclusion that it’s time for me to earn a #30daychip.

So what will I do to earn my #30daychip?

  • Stay on the Medifast 5-1 plan.  Eat 5 Medifast meal replacements and 1 Lean & Green meal.
  • No deviation.  No “special occasions.” No treats.  On plan, all the time, for 30 days.
  • Get activity in every day.  This may mean a walk with Lulu or an Afro Belly Boogie class, but I need to move every day.

Feel free to keep me honest throughout the month of March.  I’ll see you 30 days from now with my results.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance
What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

As much as I try new things all the time, I’m also an avoider, sometimes.  And it seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, although I’m really not sure why.  Maybe there are too many other things that I can use as excuses to distract me from the task at hand?

The whole idea of avoidance goes against who I am because I like to tackle things head on.  I’m not one to shy away from a situation, even if it might get “ugly,” confrontational, or intense.  I think one of my best attributes is that I’m never afraid to get in there and say what’s on my mind.

But maybe that’s the difference – I never avoid saying anything, but sometimes the doing is the hard part (mini ah-ha moment).

Some of the things I’ve avoided in 2010 are:

  • weekly weigh-ins
  • the scale
  • WORKING OUT
  • grading essays until the very last possible minute
  • organizing my closets

I do have to say that I’ve done each of these things sometimes, and some of them quite often.  It’s just the consistency that’s the problem.  So maybe what I really avoid is consistently following a healthy routine (minus the grading of essays,that’s just the bane of my existence no matter how you slice it).  So moving into 2011, I will stop avoiding and just do it.  Because I know I should.  Because I know I’ll feel better.  Because it’s time!

What will you stop avoiding in 2011?

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