Thursday, February 14, 2013
Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals?
Anyone can set a goal, but it takes preparation, planning and motivation to see it through to the end. Are you on the path to success? Try this quiz.
I took this quiz and I am prepared for success!
Q1 asks: Is your goal specific, meaning that it includes details like numbers (lose 20 pounds, eat 5 fruits and veggies, walk 30 minutes) and dates (by January, every day, each week)?
~~I had to sit down and make that specific plan... and here it is:
Over the next 8 weeks I will
-eat 6+ raw fruits and veggies each day
-zumba (or other exercise) for at least 20 min each day
-drink 8+ glasses of water each day
-limit sodium, flour, corn, rice, sugar, bad fats, bad carbs to a bare minimum or altogether.
-lose at least 12 lbs
and my reward... I'm open to suggestions, but I'm thinking of getting myself an iPod. I don't have an mp3 player and I think I'd finally like to get one... perhaps the shuffle in blue. :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Track Your Progress with a Measuring Tape
Body measurements can be a useful way to track your progress. Many times you'll see a loss of inches even if the scale isn't moving. To ensure accuracy, measure in exactly the same place and under the same conditions each time.
~~the dreaded measuring tape. I hate it almost as much as I hate the scales. I'll get those measurements on the first day of the challenge... but don't look for me to post those numbers!! LOL!
Monday, February 11, 2013
List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!
~~First of all, looking at it as a diet. something to go on then go off of. Every time I went OFF a diet, I picked up where I had left off with my old eating habits and the weight came back. STRATEGY: I decided to stop dieting and to start eating healthy.
~~Second, not enough focus or good days in a row. If I made a mistake I'd throw in the towel on the whole day and start over "tomorrow." STRATEGY: Since I'm not on a diet, there are no mistakes to be made, no towels to throw in. I eat what I want... my main focus is health, not weight loss.
~~Third, lack of time. Here is where exercise comes in...or doesn't. When I did have the time to exercise I always found something else that needed done, or there was someone home and I don't like exercising around anyone. STRATEGY: Working on it still. I need to make exercise a priority and get over my issues of needing to be alone and who might see me exercising. How I'll do that I'm not quite sure. I've got something in the works... but it will be a while to see if that pans out for me. (a different job with fewer hours so I can have a couple hours at home alone) If it doesn't, I reckon I just have to get over myself and my issue and suck it up and just do it.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Is there something you eat often that you have learned to cut the calories on? What works best for you? Do you have something you can share with us?
~~Salad dressing has often been an issue for me. I love a thick creamy dressing. Most often I would grab a Caesar dressing, but the calories in that are so very high. I tried many of the "light" or "free" varieties and ... yuck. A few months ago I found a roasted red pepper Italian that is really good and much lower in calories, however, being a new raw foodie, and one who is paying more attention to what is in the foods I buy, checking out the ingredients list on the red pepper dressing was disappointing. I do not like eating preservatives or other additives that I really don't know what they are or why they are in my food. So, being the spicy, Mexican food lover that I am, I just started using salsa on my salads. Even with some bought salsas... I recognize all listed ingredients, and they are good... plus, salsa is even lower in calories than my previous "find!" :)
Saturday, February 09, 2013
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