Sunday, September 07, 2008
I took some time a few days ago to make myself a fitness tracking chart that tracks the things most important to me:
- measurements (bicep, upper arm, chest, waist, hips, thigh)
- weight (just for reference -- as I previously explained, I don't think my scale is consistent)
- Daily Goal #1: Eat 2+ fruits/veggies every day
- Daily Goal #2: Cardio for 20+ minutes every day
The Daily Goals are simple checkboxes. Either I met the goal or I didn't.
I also came up with my rewards list.... some of the rewards are based on losing inches, many are based on having a week's consistency with my Daily Goals. For instance, when I have 7 straight days of eating 2+ fruits/veggies AND doing cardio for 20+ minutes for ALL of those days, then I will reward myself with a relaxing bubble bath. That is my first reward, and I am so looking forward to it.
Having that tracker and, moreso, the rewards list, has really helped motivate me. I have done cardio for the past 5 straight days since I decided on those goals, and been eating so much healthier too. And I've found out that going from relatively little activity to doing cardio every day has REALLY increased my appetite, and my desire for just plain water! I'm drinking 9-10 (8-oz) glasses a day - it's kinda crazy!
I am really glad that I am NOT focused on the pounds. I am eating when I am hungry, and so I am not feeling particularly deprived. I am, however, choosing to eat HEALTHIER (I'll snack on that baggie of sugar snap peas or cherries rather than those cookies or gummy snacks). I am also watching my portions, trying to eat smaller meals -- even if it means I end up eating 5-7 times a day -- because this helps me give my stomach time to actually determine if I need more food. If I am hungry again an hour after my small lunch, then I get a yogurt or a string cheese or a hardboiled egg. Or even aforementioned veggies.
Let's see how long I can keep this up! My 1-week reward for veggies/cardio is the bubble bath, which is fast approaching.. and my 2-week reward is loop-on earphones so they stay in place when I am running. (See, the reward helps me want to continue exercising too! Double bonus!)