Beyond Gorgeous

Beyond Gorgeous


Plan to Win #5: Plan for Failure

posted by sbrown

Plan for failure.  Hey — don’t panic!  I didn’t say “plan to fail.”  You are planning to win.  But along the path to the finish line there will be many stumbles and falls.  You will lose some battles on the way to winning the war.

So get ready for the temporary defeats so they won’t become permanent ones.  Decide how you will deal with lapses from your plan.

One book I read recommended setting a weekly weight loss goal — say two pounds. If at the end of the week you haven’t lost two pounds, you go into extreme mode until those pounds are gone.  He recommended eating only nuts, seeds, and vegetables — a sort of modified fast — until you are at your goal. Then you go back to the regular plan.  You might want to do a juice fast, or even a water fast, to get you back on target.  If you have a bad week, you make up for it.

Don’t think that will work for you?  How about an extra exercise regimen?  If you eat a dessert, figure out how many calories it contains.  A piece of chocolate cake might have 500 calories, for instance.  It takes 25 steps to burn 1 calorie for most folks.  So you would need to add 12,500 steps to your regular total to make that chocolate cake go away.  Too much for one day for you?  Break it up and add extra steps each day for the next week until you have 12,500 extra steps logged.

That’s a lot of work — but it will make you appreciate what that cake means in terms of calories alone.  That’s without considering the effects on blood sugar and the whole chain of negative hormonal events that happen when you eat it.  It will also make you think twice before you eat another piece when it is offered to you.

The most deadly thought pattern is, “Oh well, I’ve blown it now. I might as well pig out.” You drop into a “fail” pattern. Each time you go there, it’s harder to get out.  So don’t go there.  Plan to get up again immediately.

One of my favorite verses is Micah 7:8,  “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy. When I fall, I shall arise. When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”

It’s a good motto!  I recommend that you make it your own.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

 

 

 

 



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with this healthy type of flour, and it takes a much smaller

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked the people gathered there. “We believe you can do it!” they shout

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” * No wonder 2/3 of American adults are overweight and hal

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
H.A.L.T. -- Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the grocery store.  Look over the Green-for-Go low glycemic lists. Click h

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard If only -- If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I started five years ago I would look terrific now.”

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.