The first lesson in the maintenance class summarizes the upcoming lessons and prompts us to reflect on our past and our future. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my responses to these questions. Feel free to share your own responses to the questions in the comments section below.
Do you have any barriers that could block your success to maintaining weight?
Barriers sound a lot like challenges, but I perceive them to be a bit more immobile — things that must be worked around. I consider lack of time, lack of money, lack of kitchen skills, and the tendency to try to take the lazy way out to be my primary list of barriers. I can and will work around each.
To tackle my time issues, I will use Google Calendar. It’s a tool that I already use extensively to manage my time at work and at home, so adding time allocation for gym, grocery shopping, food prep, and other tasks should be doable.
Money issues seem ubiquitous. As a reformed drive-thru addict, I don’t really know what “real food” costs. It’s my understanding that once a kitchen is stocked with the equipment and basics, cooking for one can be a relatively inexpensive endeavor. I grew up in a home where every recipe began, “Brown one pound of ground beef.” I am completely ready to use my analytical skills to climb this mountain one shopping trip at a time. Through budgeting and prioritization, I should be OK.
Closely-related to this is my complete ineptitude and inexperience in the kitchen. I can make meal replacement chips like it’s nobody’s business, but I have no idea how to cut up a chicken. I plan to take the one-step-at-a-time approach with this one, developing skills and confidence as I go. They say you eat an elephant one piece at a time. Insert witty comment about portion control here. We shall see.
Laziness. I call myself a path of least resistance eater. I’ve gotten up to go prepare a meal replacement pizza before, only to find a box of S’Mores bars on the counter. Without hesitating, I grabbed the bar, walked back to the couch, and sat down. Plans do no good if you’re too lazy to implement them. I hope to document the entire process on this blog (within the time constraints, naturally), and you’ll be the first to know when I screw up. I hope using this as a confessional will keep me on the straight and narrow path.