Day 19 – Out On The Road

Today I traveled to a former Soviet Biological Weapons factory in the middle of the Kazakhstan countryside, I have been doing this trip for the last two years and always enjoy stopping at a road side cafe that sells the most rustic Kazakh food which is delicious and I can never resist. Today was different though, I was prepared. I ensured that I made my juice the night before, stored it in the fridge and packed it for my journey. When it came time to stop I removed myself from temptation and stayed in the van and watched the David Attenborough documentary Planet Earth whilst sipping on a juice.

The concept that I am applying here is one of self-discipline and organization. In my line of business strategic planning is the second step towards success after identifying where we are and where we need to be. It is imperative that the road map to success is planned to ensure that there is a path forward. To quote a certain Forrest Gump “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re unlikely to end up there.” I first saw that on a poster in my Dad’s home office and have lost count of the number of times I have used it in my professional career. This is the first time that I have used the tools and techniques for success in my career and applied then to my lifestyle and weight loss project. If it works for me professionally why can’t it work for me personally?

What lifestyle and weight loss management techniques do you use both from a planning and psychological point?



5 responses to “Day 19 – Out On The Road

  1. One big strategy for me is to never leave the house without a plan of what I will eat if my errands end up taking longer than expected. For me, that means packing a couple of hard boiled eggs or celery with cream cheese etc. I have found that when I am famished I make very bad choices.

  2. I have used a variety of methods to learn why I have used food as my comfort all my life. And when I’ve used hypnotherapy to uncover subconscious thoughts that are sabotaging me, I have been able to deal with them and change them. Now, I can eat in moderation most of the time, without triggers setting me off. For me, what I interpreted as “stress” was actually me fighting against my own subconscious mind. When deep inside me I had thoughts of “I am damaged goods, and I am not ok” these things kept driving me toward what would make me feel better: food. The kicker, is that we are not consciously aware of so much. Anyway, that’s something that has made ALL the difference.

    You are doing so well. Planning, staying motivated, putting supports in place, educating yourself. Well done!

    • Stress management is such an important concept – my old way of dealing with stress was to sit in the pub and trade war stories with my friends over beer and whiskey, now I am using exercise as a way of getting away from the stresses in life.

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