Old Thoughts/New Thoughts

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Three times in the last week the saying “change your thoughts, change your life” has popped up in various places – a couple of times on the internet and once on the tv or radio (I can’t remember which), but God knows that when he sends me a message, I rarely get it the first time, so He has to keep repeating Himself until I go “Oh wait! That must mean something for me!” I’m listening now. I get it. So I’ve been thinking it over and what does it mean to change your thoughts? For me, it means doing things a new way:

Old Thought: standing in front of the fridge at 7 am and wondering what to bring for lunch for the workday.

New Thought: packing my lunch the night before so I can take my time and make good choices.

Old Thought: standing in front of the fridge at 7 pm wondering what to make for dinner.

New Thought: shop/chop/make a menu over the weekend so I have plenty of options for dinners throughout the week.

Old Thought: I’m too tired to work out and I’m too out of shape to do anything other than walking.

New Thought: Working out will energize me and if I can make it through last night’s Zumba session without dying then dammit I can do anything!

I think for me, the key is in the planning. For a really long time (probably since I’ve been alive) I’ve been a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person which sounds freeing and fun, but really it’s left me feeling frazzled and out of control more often than not. I hope that getting into the habit of pre-planning will help change my thinking which will eventually change my habits and eventually will change how I live my life.

Do you find that pre planning is key in your weight loss or maintenance? How do you prepare for the upcoming week?

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13 thoughts on “Old Thoughts/New Thoughts

  1. you spent a lot of time standing in front of your refrigerator looking for magic answer! Have I ever told you my visual that if we all did pushups every time we caught ourselves grazing the kitchen, we would stop grazing the kitchen pretty quickly (or have really great arms). You were not talking about grazing, I realize, you were talking about planning meals, but thought I would throw it out there any way.

    I am not sure I would say planning (there is planning in there), I think I would say more automatic pilot. And I think this is what you do too. My kitchen stays stocked with all the things I eat, pretty much all the time, so I can just eat it. It stays stocked because I check the master list of what we eat, make my grocery list, go to the store, once a week. My organic produce box is delivered once a week too (last 10 weeks, working well because I get to choose what is in the box). So I guess I planned all that once, so it works every week. Do not have to reinvent the wheel.

    Good post.

    • “you spent a lot of time standing in front of your refrigerator looking for magic answer!” – oh good gravy, you have no idea!! 🙂 So much time…

      I love the visual of the pushups!! And I like the idea of a master list – I might make that a project this weekend.

  2. Hanka from Poland

    Do you read in my mind? I always have been a planning person but failed in planning just normal days-life…recently I found myfself tired of everything and as I thought about that-I need a plan – like you say: a plan of meals during the week, a plan of shopping so I don`t need to set to a shop everyday, a plan of a work out…maybe..maybe then I`ll get some time? or at least I`ll feel better. Have a good day.

  3. I am not a planner by nature, either. When I’ve made the decision to work that way, it has always helped. It’s difficult for me to maintain, though, and I usually slip into old habits. Time for me to get back up on the horse, though. New thoughts, new habits!

  4. I am definitely a planner and that has definitely helped me. Granted, I eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and 2 snacks during the week – I bring all of that to work with me. But I do try to menu plan – Wednesday nights I determine what I want to make for dinners the next week, Thursday nights I make up my grocery list (I have a template in Excel that has all the foods I usually need/buy, so I just check off what I need and then write in anything extra – my menu plan is at the bottom of the checklist and after I’ve gone shopping on Friday morning (if I WFH) or Saturday morning (after my WW meeting), I cut out the menu and post it for the week.

    I’ve always said I regained all my weight from 5:30 – 7 pm – either nibbling while making dinner (I try to drink a ton of water to prevent that) or eating too much during dinner. Last week I had all these grand ideas of trying new dishes this week, but I get so sick of the kids (age 7 and 4) whining, that I gave up and made stuff I knew they would eat (and stuff I am bored with so I wouldn’t eat that much).

  5. Planning my meals ahead of time was a huge factor in my weight-loss success. I would prep my breakfast and lunch the night before (when I was working), and I’d also do a big grocery shop, come home and cut up all the fruit and veggies (including lettuce). Made it so much easier to throw together a huge salad when I was really tired – and having the fruit so readily available made me reach for it over less-good snacks (like a Clif bar, for example).

    • THIS is what I’m talking about. Planning and prepping and just being generally PROACTIVE is what I’m trying to achieve. Awesome, Shelley!

  6. debby

    Man, you’re posting faster than I can comment! I think I told you about that book about change. I got it from the library, and I might review it when I finish it. Its pretty interesting. Sometimes there are factors that make change difficult that we are not even aware of.

    That said, “yes” to Shelley’s suggestions. I really enjoy writing down my menu for the following day. Its the first thing I do when I get into bed. Its pretty easy, because I already know the choices that I have available. And writing down the menu seems to help me to stick to it the next day.

  7. I, too, am a “seat of my pants” kind of person. I live by feeling, intuition, and whim. Like you said, though, that doesn’t work too well when it comes to eating healthy. Yes, I’ve had to do things like a left-brained person: plan ahead, shop ahead, and chop ahead. It’s not enough that I buy the head of cauliflower… If I don’t chop it up right away and store it in an easily-accessible zip-loc (right next to the dip) then it doesn’t get eaten. I’ve thrown away lots of produce 😦 Half of the battle is figuring out what works. Planning ahead, even though I don’t really like to do it, helps me be successful.

  8. Planning and goal setting is so important, not only for weight loss, but just about anything. I write out my goals/plans and read them daily and visualize how I feel not when I achieve the goal, but as if I have already achieved it.

    I used to just keep goal/plans in my head, But once I started writing everything down, I became much more successful

  9. great post! there seems to be a lot of talk around the blogosphere about meal plans and meal planning lately. i do a weekly meal plan, like you, and shop once a week, on sunday’s. i love it and it really does save money and time. i think i would be truly lost without my meal plan and i dont even want to think about the time, money or FOOD that was wasted before i started meal planning. i keep all my recipes in a 3 ring binder, like dunne’ talked about above, and i also use page protectors. in the front of my binder i have a list of dinner ideas and i have a list of “favorite” meals. i find a lot of new recipes from blogs AND my rachael ray magazine subscription!

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