A Fit Mind

Problem Solved: Doing It My {Imperfect} Way

October 15

Do you flunk out of every weight loss challenge you join? Sadly, I do.
I want to lose weight.  I’ve wanted to lose weight for several reasons, which I’ll share with you another time.  My problem is this. I find a program that I like or a challenge I want to join.  I commit to it with great enthusiasm only to fizzle before I even get a week {sometimes a day} into it.  What is my problem?
The program or challenge doesn’t fit into my life perfectly, so I quit.  I want to be able to do the program or challenge exactly as it’s presented.  I’ve discovered that I just can’t do that {and you probably can’t either}.
To recap:
My problem is that I want to lose weight but I can’t fight the perfectionism when joining someone else’s program or challenge.
My solution is to …


Do it my way … imperfect, yet acceptable.

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The first thing I’ve done is make a checklist in my planner, which I check daily.  The checklist consists of only three things:
1. Get dressed in my cute workout pants, sports bra {and t-shirt} and favorite shoes when I first get up.  
I’m not going to say I am going to workout when I first get up.  I may not workout tomorrow, but it’s often been said how you dress determines your day.  Maybe, just maybe I’ll pop that workout tape in or I’ll take my son for a walk in the park. Hubby wants to start walking, so maybe I’ll greet him in my workout get up when he comes home from work.
2. Fill a large thermos with ice water and carry it around all day.


I’m not telling myself I can’t have the pop waiting for me in the fridge. Yes, unfortunately after 45 days without any pop whatsoever, I have been drinking it heavily for a week now. I’m not going to tell myself I have to drink half my body weight in ounces.  That’s suffocating to even think about.
3.  Write out a list of ten healthy foods or snacks I find in my fridge and pantry that I can eat today.
I’m not going to say “no cookies” or “no seconds” or anything like that.  I’m not going to make myself stick to a rigid “do or die” diet. I am just going to have the list to remind me that I do have healthy food available to me.
That’s easy.  I’ll check in with you next week to let you now how my checklist came through for me.
What has worked for you?  Leave a comment below.


  • Reply
    Michele Ash
    October 15 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time now and my problem is that I have a “sweet” tooth and always that one time a month I eat chocolate like it’s going out of style! I’ve already made up my mind what I am going to do, it’s just that it takes months to get prepared for it and that’s something that bothers me. I like things done “now” and I hate to wait! My husband recently had surgery and his surgeon has a terrific reputation and also does weight loss surgery. I spoke with him about it on my husband’s last visit to him and he said because I have diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, am disabled that I’m an excellent candidate for the surgery. He does non-invasive surgery as well. He told me that the one he would suggest for me is the one that I will definitely lose 70-100 lbs! However, you have to go to a psychologist and a nutritionist before I can have surgery (I don’t know why because I have my mind made up that this is what I want to do!) but, that’s all part of it! I have to call him to have a consult first and then go from there. I have been procrastinating calling him because the Holidays are coming up and I don’t want to have it until they are over and done with! I’d be too tempted with all the goodies around! I know this is like the last choice for a lot of people and at this point in my life, it’s come down to this! I’ve tried to many times on my own and the only way I can lose is to stop eating all together! That doesn’t last, because when you start eating, you gain it back! I know where you are coming from and I’ve been where you are. I’m just tired of all the fab diets out there that don’t work! Well, take care of yourself and you do what’s right for yourself! I’m doing what I feel is the right move for me! Thanks, Michele 🙂

  • Reply
    October 27 at 1:59 pm

    It always helps me to start small and build from there. I think it’s great that you’ve found 3 ways that work for you to get started. Getting into a habit is a lot of work, but worth it!

  • Reply
    October 27 at 3:54 pm

    Sound like a good start to a great plan. I started following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan in January and have lost almost 25 pounds. But everyone has to find what works for them. Best of luck to you.

  • Reply
    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    October 28 at 1:18 pm

    My best tip is to have an accountability buddy. If you can check in a few times a week it really helps. I need and want to lose some weight, too! I like your idea of 10 snacks. That really solves the problem of what to eat!

    • Reply
      November 1 at 8:43 pm

      @Jenny ~ Do you have an accountability partner or a plan to lose weight? Email me and we can encourage one another or find me here on Wednesdays when I post about my Fit Living successes.

  • Reply
    November 2 at 4:37 pm

    I love this idea! I use the same way of thinking for my to do list sometimes. I am going to give your weight loss idea a try! Thanks!!

  • Reply
    Gwyneth Clover
    November 19 at 7:57 pm

    I like your posts Tami. I believe that investing in yourself is the first step towards ensuring a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. This is my tips for you and your readers to

    staying motivated.

    • Aim for a goal but be realistic
    • Make exercising a priority
    • Value all your exercise achievements no matter how small
    • Be aware of your exercise excuses
    • Keep in mind the benefits of exercise
    • Write down what you want to achieve
    • Be specific about your goals e.g. How far can you run in 20 minutes?
    • Find an exercise buddy, someone to share exercise with you
    • Keep focused on your goal
    • Review your goals regularly e.g every two weeks
    • Give yourself rewards for success

    My best to you in your endeavors.

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