I was blessed to have wise grandmothers. The grandmother that comes to mind for this post is the one who encouraged my love of reading. I can’t help but smile when I think back to visiting her when I was a teenager. I knew when I came to visit there would be a stack of People magazines waiting for me, the Sunday comics and/or a new book. As the oldest grandchild (only by 10 days) these were saved and set aside just for me. She’s the same grandmother who when I came to visit her as a newly married twenty-something she said to me, “I’ve watched you plan your work and work your plan. I’m so proud of the woman you’ve grown into.” I get a little teary eyed thinking about that moment. I haven’t thought of it in years, but it came to mind as I’ve thought about this weight loss and this entrepreneurial journey I’m on.
Planning is one of my things. I love the possibilities that a good, well thought out plan holds. The decision I made to leave my full time, well paying job in marketing to free up my energy and my time to pursue the vision for an online community for working women of faith was thought out, prayed out and planned. I recently discovered a few things about my personality from an online DISC personality assessment I took.
According to DISC,
- You (me) prefer a more conventional approach when possible (e.g., “If is isn’t broken, don’t fix it”).
- You (me) can be seen as something of a perfectionist by others, especially in what you expect of yourself.
- You (me) tend to approach new ideas and directions with skepticism and caution.
- You (me) expect high quality control and accuracy in all that you do or with anything you are involved with.
- You (me) have a strong preference for adhering to established rules, regulations and protocols that have been proven to work.
This explains soooo much! My personality type likes rules, regulations and protocols. As you can see from my DISC results, when I follow a plan I expect to get the results it predicts. When that doesn’t happen, I can easily become discouraged.
Consequently, I get excited about planning and I’m getting better at executing… but ahhh… the outcome that’s the part that trips me up. For the #make1change challenge I’m following an established a plan for losing at least one pound a week by changing my nutrition and by exercising. I shared the plan I’m following in this post: Keep It Simple. (You will have to purchase the Women’s Health book for the full plan.) I’ve been diligent to change both (eating and exercise) for the month of March. I haven’t done everything perfectly, but I’ve gone all in. So far the results have been less than what I hoped for. I’ve actually gained weight! How is that possible? I know some people are going to read this and say, “you’re probably gaining muscle or maybe you’re eating more than you think.” My husband joked with me and said that it’s a demon trying to discourage me to get me off track. I like his explanation best.
I don’t know why at this moment my results (so far) seem to be taking me in the opposite direction. What I do know is I have a plan. I’ve already started tweaking what I’m eating. I realized that even though I was counting my points with my Weight Watchers app, I haven’t been following the meal plan that was suggested in the book. I’ll know in a couple of weeks if this tweak was what my body needed. In the meantime, unlike in times past, I’m remaining patient and optimistic that as I work my plan it will pay off long term. I’ll keep you posted.
In 2-3 sentences what is your plan for reaching a specific goal you’ve set for yourself. Have you started off on your plan only to find the outcome is not what you expected? What adjustments can you make to keep moving in the direction of your goals?
Destined to win,