A goal without a plan is just a wish.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 

Over the last three decades I’ve tried my share of diets and suffice to say that none of them helped me establish a healthy and normal relationship with food and all the last-suppering in between my diets eventually led to a significant weight gain. The physiology of weight loss is simple: eat less, move more. Create a calorie deficit and you almost certainly will lose weight. The psychology of weight loss, on the other hand, is complex and fraught with emotional challenges. 

 

It is said that we have the answers right within ourselves.

 

So that’s one of the places I will be looking harder for them, with the help of my Plan of Sorts. Its surface purpose is to help me lose enough weight to eradicate my sleep apnea while establishing healthy habits, such as cooking, that I can sustain in the long-term. Its deeper purpose is to awaken me from my food induced slumber, to create a new awareness and connection with my own life so that I can be more present to myself and those around me.

A Plan of Sorts

 

As of writing this, this is only a rough outline, I am not used to planning and setting goals so far into the future! Some items in my plan may make you wonder: what does organizing my office or painting a bathroom have to do with losing weight or cooking? Everything on this plan is about getting more active and creating an environment that will bring me more joy both within and outside of my kitchen. It’s all tied together, successful weight loss is not done in a silo, it’s a package deal. My plan is a work in progress for sure and I will be blogging about all of these steps and goals in more detail as I go along. 

 
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January - March

  • 10-day cleanse.
  • Do the Foodist Kitchen e-course.
  • 5,000 steps every day.
  • Declutter and organize pantry.
  • Start 5-2 fasting after cleanse.
  • Bake my own bread!
  • Meal planning on Saturdays.
  • Start a journaling practice.

April - June

  • Saturday morning bike rides.
  • 7,500 steps every day.
  • Declutter and organize my office.
  • Learn about seasonal vegetables.
  • Plant herb garden on balcony.
  • Make a sourdough starter.
  • Use seasonal veggie box.
  • Start a meditation practice.

July - September

  • Yoga class 2x week.
  • Saturday morning bike rides.
  • 10,000 steps every day.
  • Paint 2nd bathroom.
  • Take a local cooking class!
  • Declutter and organize wardrobe.

October - December

  • 10,000 steps every day.
  • Homemade Christmas gifts & cards.
  • Paint living room.
  • Create a recipe library.
  • Trip to Germany.
  • Enjoy the festive season!