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Willpower is Weak, Strategies are Strong: Strategies for Weight Loss from D28 For Life

As you know, I’ve been trying out the D28 For Life 28-day transformation program. When I first started, I was so gung-ho about my weight loss– I was going to follow the workout and motivation calendar, the meal plan to a T, and make every recipe.

Needless to say, I “failed” pretty quickly – in reality, it wasn’t a failure, but lack of a good strategy.

If I hadn’t been so concerned about having all the ingredients to make each recipe perfectly on the exact day it was suggested, I would have realized that the part of this plan that I need the most are the motivation and strategies for success.

I noticed that the success stories being shared note that the individual may be on their third round of the D28 For Life program, and I realized that the “For Life” aspect means I have a lot to learn and I can’t expect to be perfect all at once.

The phrase that really nailed this home for me was when a Robert Brace said, “Willpower is Weak, Strategy is Strong.”

Willpower is Weak, Strategies are Strong: Strategies for Weight Loss from D28 For Life

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WH Questions… A perfect weight loss or self-reflection exercise

So, I’m a big ol’ quitter… I give myself way too many excuses and reasons not to stick with my commitments.

On Monday I started the D28 For Life program with day one. Now, Friday, I’m finally getting to day two…

What are my excuses? Tuesday I started day 2 and finally gave up claiming I couldn’t do it because I hadn’t made it to the grocery store to get the food right. Wednesday I made it to the store, but couldn’t start because I  had meetings all afternoon and never got food prepped – I also planned to eat at my parents and claimed I would start the next day. Well… Since we didn’t have the meal we had planned for Wednesday, I decided not to start Thursday so I could eat with them.

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So crazy, this is a big reason why I fail. I feel like I have to do something “perfectly” or not at all. This D28 For Life thing is a good example… The For Life part is the most important piece. If I could just stick to making small changes each day and using the guide and tools provided, I could make some great changes. instead, I’m so worried about doing it perfectly, I don’t really do it at all.

So, I’m revisiting the Day 1 exercise and figuring this all out…

WH Questions

WH questions for weight loss

My biggest struggle is the “When” question…

I need to find a good time for workouts. Mornings are tough because I stay up late trying to get work done and I have kiddos who still don’t always sleep through the night. Evenings are definitely not the best idea either because there’s a good chance they won’t happen. During naptime worked for me before, but it was definitely hard to use that time along with cleaning up after the kids’ lunch, eating my own lunch, and getting some work done…

I also need to find the time for meal prep. I definitely let myself off the hook when I’m with others and don’t want to be an inconvenience. If I had my meals ready to go it would be much easier.

When do you find time for workouts and/or meal prep?