In conversation with someone yesterday, I realized that I’ve got to get on the ball with my healthier lifestyle wishes. By the end of summer, I wanted to be down to at least 130 pounds. Instead, it’s almost August, and I’m bummed because so many of my cute summer clothes haven’t been worn because they don’t fit right. I’m not going to buy new clothes; I’m going to get my old body back.
When I was bummed and moping around at the beginning of the year because I wasn’t feeding my creative side, I made a goal to complete one project a week and blog about it. I haven’t necessarily completed a project a week, but I definitely can say that it’s August, and I feel like all year, I’ve been doing way better at feeding my creative side, and I’m motivated to continue to finish projects.
So, I’ve decided to do the same thing with healthy lifestyle goals. Thursdays will be my check-in days even if it’s just a short check-in. I figure if I have to get on here to post that I’ve eaten cookies every day that week or that I’ve had take out twice for dinner, that’ll get embarrassing quickly and I’ll knock it off. I’m not going to give a blow by blow of what I eat all week, and sometimes, I might just check in and roll on with some other blog content, but yep, Thursdays are going to be check-in days.
So, why am I doing this? I think when we have goals, it’s important to know what our motivators are.
- First, I do think that God gave me my body as one of my resources, so I should be a good steward of it.
- As I mentioned, I don’t want to buy a new wardrobe, I want my old body back that fit into the perfectly good clothes that I have (and a bonus will be that once I reach my goal weight of 130, I can also purge my closet of any clothes that just seriously will never fit again. I mean, I’m not in college anymore. It’s time to face the music and admit that body is long gone.)
- I want to be compatible with a future partner. Notice I didn’t say that I want a future partner to accept me for my looks (though if he thinks I’m smokin’ hot, that’s ok). Rather, I’d have to say that when I look at the online profiles of guys, I’m more drawn to the ones who work out and eat reasonably healthy. I think in this area of life, it’s kinda tit for tat. If I want my partner to maintain his body well, then I can’t expect him to chow down on the carrots while I’m filling up on cupcakes.
- Finally, I want to be as healthy as possible if I get to have kiddos someday. I’m 32, so I’m pushing into high risk pregnancy territory. That bums me out so much, but it’s not really something I have control over. What I do have control over is staying as healthy as possible to try to facilitate a healthy pregnancy if God ever opens the doors for me to be blessed with having a baby.
So, how am I going to do this? Here are my jump start goals.
- No more fast food until 2014 (except 3 free passes). I’ve been eating way too much fast food lately. It’s hard on my budget and completely incompatible with weight loss goals. I stopped by Burger King on my way home today to satisfy an onion ring craving, and that was the last hurrah. I’m giving myself 3 free passes because I do want to be realistic and recognize that I might be out with people who are going out for fast food, and I don’t want to be “that girl” who is so fussy that I can’t accommodate.
- I’m going to fill up my stainless steel water bottle that holds the equivalent of the 3 out of 8 glasses of water that I’m supposed to drink everyday, and I’m going to drink it all. Every. day. And, I can’t knock some of it out at mealtimes. That liquid is over and above. I know that sounds like a rather low bar to set, but trust me, I’m perpetually dehydrated. If I can start with this goal, I’ll already be improving life.
- I’m going to work out twice a week. Again, I know I’m setting the bar low, but that goal is achievable and will build momentum. I know from past experience that once I establish the habit of twice a week, I’ll be able to move up the goal. School is going to launch soon with all its accompanying chaos, so I’d rather set the bar low and achieve it every week rather than set myself up for failure by getting frustrated about missing goals.
My healthy choices this week were to stock up on preventative measures to keep me out of the drive through line. Usually I wind up in a drive through because I didn’t pack lunch or because I’m leaving work and have to run a few errands before going home, and I’m already so hungry that I feel slightly sick and/or homicidal. So, I’ve tucked a snack bar in my purse and plan to try to make sure I always have one on hand just in case. I’m going to put that mason jar of protein granola in the car because it should hold up in the heat (note: it’s in a glass jar to make sure that plastic chemicals aren’t cooking into it). That granola can be my errand running lifeline to get me through until I get home for dinner. I plan to plant the organic oatmeal in my office to carry me through late afternoons or days that I forget to pack a lunch. The oatmeal has flaxseed, barley, quinoa, and rye. This isn’t Quaker Oats, my friends.
In the interest of honesty, I’ll let you know that unhealthy stuff did make it into my cart. I know over the next two days, I’m going to be focused on getting a bunch of school stuff done, so I did cave and buy lunch meat rather than worrying about pulling together some sort of healthy lunch. I’m seriously bummed about the little gelato container; I wanted to try the sea salt caramel without committing to a big container, but I accidentally grabbed plain old vanilla. Grr…. And, yes, that is chocolate. I’m starting school soon and feel a little PMS coming on, so I’m not going to go off the deep end. But this chocolate does have flax, and it’s organic, fair trade, which I don’t snarf down nearly as quickly as a Hershey bar.
If anyone out there has any fitness goals, I’d love to hear them. Heck, if you want to commit to checking in every Thursday, it could be good for both of us. I’ll know you’re counting on me to give you a nudge with a post, and you’ll know that I’m keeping an eye out for you to report in.