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Try….Fail….Adjust…..

This is kind of a piggy back of the blog entry If It Can Be Measured, It Can Be Fixed. In that post, I talked about documenting food choices and workout routines. Well as fate would have it, I have a chance to give you part two of that. What do you do with that information? Well, last week I gained 0.8 lbs. So I have two options I can pout or I can look at the journals and look for places to tweak. Guess which choice I made. Wasn’t even a hard decision.

Having the food and exercise journals makes all the difference. The information contained within them is invaluable to losing weight. The ability to review what you’ve done (and the results it created) makes adjustments more efficient and decreases the time it takes to get back on track.

What you’ll find on the road to success is three stages… Try, Fail, and Adjust. What I did for a while was Try, Fail, Get Frustrated and Quit. The adjustment part was nearly impossible because I didn’t have good information to base my adjustments.

Well at this point of the “fail” stage, I have weeks and months of information I can review. (Failure isn’t a bad thing by the way. As long as your failure isn’t final, you’re fine.) This week I’ll be doing just that. I’m going to adjust and try. And if that doesn’t work. I’ll Try, Fail and Adjust again.

That’s what it’s all about with success in any endeavor really. Try it. If you fail, adjust. Following that cycle will eventually get you to where you want to be.

 
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Posted by on 04/06/2012 in Nutrition, Weight Loss

 

The Trusted Few

How do I continue to stay motivated?” “How do I keep going day after day when I change seems small?” I was asked those two questions recently. My answer was I don’t stay motivated really. After a while it gets pretty routine. What keeps me going though is I’ve told just enough people my goals. I’ve given my word to them that I will accomplish this. Without knowing it, I entered into an accountability agreement with them.

It’s not many people. I don’t go around proclaiming to the world my plans. However, my accountability partners are people that I respect and love. To the point that not following through on something I’ve told them would hurt just as much as something being done to me. The key with accountability partners (for me at least) is that in some way I want to earn their respect. That goes a long way. They’re also close enough to me that they can call me out when they see behavior detrimental to my goals and offer words of encourgament that catapult me towards my goals.

Accountability is very necessary in this process. It helps you workout when you don’t want to. It helps make a healthy food choice when you could just as easily make a not so healthy food choice and NOBODY would know any different. I’ve found that being accountable has helped me tremendously. Try it might just help you too.

So to answer the questions… “How do I continue to stay motivated?” “How do I keep going day after day when I change seems small?” Easily.. I hold myself accountable. More importantly I allow others to hold me accountable to my goals.

 
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Posted by on 04/02/2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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