Preparation and Planning

Lindsey Pennington - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It is so hard to get back into the swing of things when you get home from a vacation.  I have to accept it, my vacation is over and I’m back to reality.  Today was my first day back at work and it was crazy.  It’s amazing how much catch up work there is to do when you are away.  Despite the craziness, I’ve learned that being prepared in life helps keep everything in order.  One thing I do every night before I go to bed is prepare for my next day at work.  How could I tackle tomorrow if I didn’t prepare for it?  I think that preparation applies to every part of life.  Without preparation and planning, nothing would ever get accomplished and life would be crazy.


Have you ever had to prepare for a presentation at school or work?  Dieting is just like a presentation.  First, you have to do the research on what you are going to talk about.  Second, you have to outline everything.  Third, you write the presentation.  Fourth, you present the presentation.  Last, you celebrate because you got through it and it’s over.  I know that before I started eating lowcarb I did lots of research on lowcarb diets.  First, I read Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, Protein Power, and South Beach Diet and I found that the Atkin’s Diet would be the easiest for me to stick with to accomplish my weight loss goals.  Second, I outlined and highlighted important points in Dr. Atkin’s book to help me know what to eat and why.  Third, I got rid of any kind of food that was not lowcarb.  Fourth, I went out and bought the food I needed to start my new way of eating.  Fifth, I start eating lowcarb.  Last, I accomplish my weight loss goal and celebrate.  I haven’t gotten to the last step of achieving my goal, but I know I will get there someday soon. :-)


In order to accomplish your weight loss goal you must be prepared.  Don’t start a new way of eating without being ready.  I know in the past when I just started dieting without being emotionally and physically prepared I always fell off of it and quit.  I finally decided that preparation was the most important part of getting me ready, emotionally and physically to win, and now I'm focused on accomplishing my goal more than ever before.  Be prepared and you will succeed!