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Week 1: Planning to Fail

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Hey Ladies: "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail."  You've probably heard this phrase a million times. And it definitely applies to weight loss. If I fail to plan ahead and bring healthy snacks from home to work, it's oh-so-likely that I'll fail on my diet and a candy bar will be calling my name at around 3pm.  But I've been guilty of a much greater sin than simply failing to plan. I've explicitly gone out and planned to fail. Three weeks ago, I talked myself into buying an extra large bag of Reese's mini-peanut butter cups. They were on sale AND I got 10% more in the bag for free. "I just can't say no to these sweets, so I might as well have them around on the cheap," I thought. But I was standing in that store planning my own demise. Planning to fail. Last week, I planned to go out for drinks with a friend on the night before a long run. Why oh why was I shocked when the run didn't go as planned? Or rather, went exactly as planned given the choices I made.  I'm sure I'm not the only one out here who's done this. Perhaps you purposefully put exercise at the bottom of your "To Do" list and tell yourself that everything else is more important. Or you sabotage yourself by suggesting that you and your friends go to a Food Festival over the weekend to hang out even though you're struggling with your diet. Well, I'm done with planning to fail. I'm in it to win it, starting today. Monday marks the official beginning of my 10-pound weight loss journey. I wanted to wait until after I was done with the New York City half-marathon to kick this off. By the way, the half was phenomenal and I recommend it to anyone who lives nearby. I was cranking Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" on my mp3 player while I ran down 7th Avenue and through Times Square. It was amazing. I'll post a picture later this week if I can get my friend's permission since she's in it too. So for this post, 'fess up and leave a comment letting me know how you've been guilty of failing to plan OR planning to fail in the past. And tell me what you're going to do about it in the future. I posted a picture below so you could see what I did.   For more from "The Next Ten Pounds" blogger Lynya Floyd, click here. Read More:
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