Self Imposed Deadlines That Cause Stress

Self Imposed Deadlines That Cause Stress

Today I talk about a really bad week I had that was fueled by an extreme lack of sleep. Throw on top of that I had a deadline that I was trying to meet. Consequently I didn't have time to cook (and hit the drive-thru time and time again). This lead to me gaining back some of my weight.

DeadlineThen it occurred to me that the deadline I was trying to meet was self-imposed. If I didn't get my project done, the worst case scenario is I would have to finish it later. It was just that I've wanted this to be done for about two years, and I'm “this close” but in the end it isn't life or death.

I'm Now A Weight Watcher

On Monday July 23rd I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting. I always thought the points system sounded like a hassle, but they have some fun gadgets (and you know I love gadgets) and some online tools to make tracking your food super easy. In the end no matter if its tracking calories or points, you need to track.

The meeting was cool as there was a woman there who celebrated losing 50 lbs in 21 weeks. I can see where these meetings are a nice “tune up” to help you keep focused on your goal. I will keep you posted.

Favorite Motivational Quotes

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. – Hank Aaron

If you're tired of starting over, stop quitting. –


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2 thoughts on “Self Imposed Deadlines That Cause Stress”

  1. You drove and I just finished your latest while walking. Had no idea your marriage was in such peril but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the Healing Our Marriage podcast. If it means a little waiting while you fix you and yours then I for one can wait. Good luck with everything.

  2. Weight Watchers worked for me. My advice for you is:
    Eat LOTS of zero point vegetables. If you don’t you will be hungrier than you need to be and it’s hard not to give into temptation when you are hungry. For instance, I occasionally eat a frozen meal such as Lean Cuisine but I always add a cup or more of non-starchy vegetables to it. And if it’s dinner I eat a green salad and the vegetables with it.
    Be wary of eating too much fruit. When I lost weight with WW, fruit was not zero points so I limited myself to 2 fruit a day.
    Give up the Mtn Dew and replace it with caffeine pills when you are really dragging. It’s hard to give up sweet soda and it’s even harder when you are giving up caffeine at the same time. Later when you have your Mtn Dew addiction better under control then you can wean yourself from the caffeine by cutting the pills in half and then thirds.
    Find a way of eating that will work for you for the long term because once you reach your goal weight you really don’t get to add that many points back into your diet. It’s a lifetime commitment so like what you are eating as you lose weight. You will never be able to go back to your old habits if you want to keep the weight off.
    Best of luck.

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