No need to panic. Just take some deep breaths and open your bullet journal!
At least that's the way I've chosen to set myself a plan for success. So, this is how I used my bullet journal to create my diet and weight loss plan and to help myself focus.
First I created a page in my bullet journal with the wall of fame (or shame... it depends on how well I do with this plan...). In this chart I record my weight after I weigh myself every Monday morning. I've set myself a target weight (which I noted down in pencil) and the date by which I'd like to reach it (just before my birthday). This way helps me record my progress and see how close I'm getting to my target.
Then I created a diet plan for me to follow. Nothing too restrictive, but still more organised and focused so that I don't get distracted. I wrote the food I can have under my 'yes' and the food I should avoid under my 'no'. I set a start date and I made sure to inform everyone about it (including you!). That way I'm more accountable and I'll make sure I'll follow the plan.
I separated my days in food categories so that I make life easier for me and I pre-cooked some meals to have ready, for those days that I just don't have time to cook. Basically I want to focus on portion control and eating right.
For anyone that is interested in my diet, I am a pescetarian - that means that I don't eat meat, I eat only fish. I'm also allergic to dairy, so that is out of my diet completely, and I also avoid eating anything containing flour (i.e. bread, pitta bread etc.). I only use chickpea flour or rice flour. So my diet is based on fruit, veg, nuts, pulses and fish.
On the second page I made a list of ideas as to what I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as what I can snack on during the day. I keep updating this list with more ideas as I go along. I've also decided to not weigh myself for the first 30 days. I just don't want to get disheartened in the case I don't lose as much as I want to in the first weeks.
The last thing I included in my weight loss plan was my exercise routine. Exercise is a must for me when I try to lose weight, and running is my first choice. I used to run very regularly, almost every day for 5k. However, things happened and I got distracted and lazy, so it's been some time since I've run. I am using the app '5K Runner' and I'm working towards running 5k again! I'm in my 4th week and I love it! I am exercising 3 times a week minimum. On the weeks that I decide to do more, I might do some yoga or dance around using my Nintendo Wii and the 'Just Dance' disc.
If you notice that the dates on the above pages do not match, it's because I started running and recording my weight around the same time, while my proper diet plan I've started following it only recently.
So, that's my plan and fingers crossed it'll work! I'll keep you noted ;)
How do you get ready for the beach?