Getting Ready & Habit Goals
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
I have fallen into the cycle of starting or thinking about starting a diet. Intermittently I have exercised but always fall off the wagon. I get revved up to lose weight but forget that I actually have to pay attention to me and focus on my goal. As a busy working mother, I put everyone else first and feel like doing something for myself is not a necessity. I feel guilty when I do put myself first, along with anticipating criticism for not being able to "do it all."
Can't I just have a blank slate to reprogram my life? I'd like to wipe out the misbeliefs and perceptions that are lodged in my psyche. But, no magic eraser here. So, I have to take this one step at a time like so many others who have been successful at becoming healthier.
Today, I met with a dietician. First time. No promise of magic. No pills or pre-canned food. Instead, good information, problem-solving and goal setting. And, she gave me support to not have to turn into a fitness junkie/diet fanatic. But, to work in some new habits and track them.
In the past, accountability has been hard for me when it comes to being honest about what I eat, how I exercise, etc. I'm still struggling with that. But, I am going to commit to using this site to track and log my work on this project—Healthy C 2.0.
You might ask, "What are my goals?" Carefully and with a bit of trepidation, I am actually listing them here. These are my starting goals and they focus on habits, not a number on the scale.
1. Make and Pack a healthy lunch 4 times per week. (Use resources to be sure that I am getting good inspiration and healthy options. Focus on 1/2 being veggies.)
2. Each week, look at my calendar and schedule time for 30 minutes of walking during my work day. Aim for 3-5 times per week.
3. Schedule 2-3 times per week to go to the gym for strength training. Try early mornings again?
4. Meal Planning—make a weekly plan. Enlist the kids to each have a night to help - plan, prep, and make. Dad one night too?
5. Log what I eat each day. Post at least 2 blog entries per week.
Now, to get prepared so I can get started. First, I am going to go take a quick walk.