One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Progress is in the Planning

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I’m feeling much better then I’ve been these last few days. I’m not sure what was up with me. Unmotivated is an understatement. I was down in the dumps. Lazy. Uninterested in everything. In a funk, as I like to say.

It was like I just wanted to check out for a few days.

So I did. I did absolutely nothing on Sunday. Nothing.

At first I felt bad about it. Then I realized we all need some check out time. It’s good for the soul. :)

This morning I still woke up a bit down in the dumps but throughout the day as I got more and more productive at work I felt better and better.

I swear I’m a productivity whore. I thrive on accomplishing things. It’s a strange personality quirk, I know.

Anyway, something popped into my head on my drive home today and I just have to share.

You know that saying, "devils in the details" as in it’s the small details of something which make it difficult or challenging. Well I was pondering life and thinking of ways to stay on plan and be productive when a new phrase came to mind. . .

Progress is in the Planning

When I get into these funks the only way I pull myself out of them is by planning. I make lunches, create menus for the week, write up shopping lists and to do’s. Anything to help me feel a bit more productive.

Without fail I start to feel better. Especially when I get to reap the benefits of that planning.

Take today for example. At work I enjoyed all the healthy snacks I packed in my lunch the night before. I made progress because I planned. Even though Sunday I totally didn’t feel like packing a lunch. I did it because I knew it would would be a small step with big a payoff the next day. If I let the funk take over and went to work unprepared I would have spent money on an overpriced over-caloried crappy lunch. Which would have made me feel worse and brought me further down my path of funk. Simply by taking 5 minutes Sunday night I laid plans to help me make progress instead.

Does that make sense?

Probably not. I’m getting anxious as I want to head to bed early tonight. I better sign off.

Before I go I’ll leave you with a link to a post I wrote at work on SpeakHealth, my new favorite soup recipe I made up this weekend and my food journal for the day.

Food Units
~*~*~*~monday journal~*~*~*~
granola bar on my way to work.
a pear and a cup of green tea for my mid morning snack! :)
lunch was this homemade soup I made over the weekend w/ some crackers. I can’t wait 2 post this recipe.. it’s so good!
pudding cup…. wanted something sweet. :)
went out for some sushi and chinese. the husbands idea but I welcomed the break from cooking. :)
1 too many graham crackers. damn they are addictive!
Total: N/A

Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.

I’m off to pull out my running clothes. I’m PLANNING a morning run before work. :)

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There are 10 comments so far.

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    December 8, 2009

    I hear I premade my overnight oats since I’ve been slacking in the breakfast department and just eating bars. So now at least my day will be off to a good start tomorrow. Kind of a fake it til you make it philosophy.

    Britt - Runnerbelle

    December 8, 2009

    So true! Whether planning by prepping and/or writing down a schedule, it all helps me progress towards my goals. I also find satisfaction when I can check something off my list or be proud of what I was able to accomplish that day, especially if there were set backs that could have stopped me (or I could have LET stop me).

    All Women Stalker

    December 8, 2009

    You know what? I want to thank you for sharing this with me. I’ve been in a “funk” (as you like to call it) for the past 2 weeks. Now I believe I can get through it. Thanks so much!



    December 8, 2009

    i am a fellow productivity whore! i totally hear you. lord forbid if i’m not doing 87 things at one time and getting everything on my things-to-do list done. the planning really does help a lot. i am the queen of list making. it’s not written down, it doesn’t get done, bought or called. thanks for the great post!


    December 8, 2009

    I am the exact same way when it comes to productivity. My husband, Al is the same way as well. Oftentimes we lie in bed at night listing the things that we feel good about accomplishing that day. Some of them are so uninteresting and mundane but what feels great is knowing that you are alive and accomplishing.


    December 8, 2009

    When I start to feel down or discouraged I give myself new goals. Having something to work towards, and then accomplishing it always lifts me up!


    December 9, 2009

    It makes TOTAL sense to me! I am very bad at planning myself – it does NOT come naturally to me at all… I am a very absent minded person. I realized recently that if I am not prepared in advance to face some challenges, I do not have the tools I need when I have to overcome them… It sounds simple, but it’s really not easy for me. But it is when I made the effort to plan things that I make the most progress, indeed, so it’s definitely worth it!


    December 10, 2009

    I heard something years ago about getting out of a “funk” at home or work: Clear your surfaces. That works for me, getting through the clutter at home or even in the car, it makes me feel better that I got something done and you don’t have that stuff around you any more. I have resorted to list making during this holiday season too ;).


    December 10, 2009

    Great idea as I sit here in pile of paperwork at my desk. ;~)

    Scentsy mommy

    December 15, 2009

    I have been LOOKING for this blog… I have to lose weight… and have had a hard time finding inspiration or motivation. Reading your menu plan and candid words, I see myself being successful. Thank you.