Monday, November 12, 2012
Drink 8 cups of water per day - This was the first goal I reset for myself. I fill up my 24 ounce water bottle before I head off to work and most days drink it while I'm driving. Then I fill it up once more while I'm at work and that's 6 cups right there. Then there's the 8 ounce glass of water I drink in the morning and evening when taking my allergy and thyroid medicine. Lots of days I exceed the 8 cups. Me being so diligent about my water intake has also helped my husband and Mom who are now doing the same thing. One thing I've noticed about making sure I drink 8 cups of water a day is that I have far less headaches.
Walking - I know I walk at work, some days more than others. A pedometer is the next item I purchase to help me become healthier. I can only estimate the amount of steps I take in a day. When I bookmarked the one I wanted, my husband pointed out the color he wanted. Way to go in supporting the goal for us all to get healthier!
Focus on solutions instead of problems - This takes a lot of mental exercise. I thought about the quote: "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." I could choose to worry and it would do nothing except ratchet up my anxiety and fear level. Far better to focus on the solution - be positive - focus on what is right and what I want.
Be kind to myself in thought and deed - You know that negative tape playing in your head? Silence it! When I catch myself being unkind to myself - I immediately nip that behavior or thought in the bud. It takes practice but the more I do it, the better I get at it. I feel better about myself when I'm kind to myself!
My body is not a garbage can and I will not treat it as if it were - This is a big one and it's so easy to slip up and forget. Like last night I was taking a portion of prunes (40 grams - I love my digital scale) and there was one prune left. And without even thinking about it, I tossed it in the bowl even though I had already taken my weighed out portion. Then I stopped myself. What was I thinking? And I said to myself - "My body is not a garbage can and I will not treat it as if it were." So the extra prune when back to solitary confinement until I refill the jar today.
Measure my portions each time I eat - The second biggest thing I have done on my way to being healthy is measuring my portions. Everything that goes into my mouth gets measured and then I note on the Nutrition Tracker. Computer not handy? I jot it down until I can record it.
Take the stairs at every opportunity - I have been doing this for a long time. At first it was hard going because I wasn't used to it but now it's easier. Sometimes I think back to how I used to book it up and down the stairs in school to make class on time.
And I'm going to add another one,
Park further away - Ever notice how sometimes it seems that all the cars are jockeying for the up-close spaces especially when you're shopping? I don't want to be part of that. The endless circling and wasting of gas just to get a closer space. It's easier to just park further away. Bonus is that when I do park further away - not only do I have to move more to get to my destination and back - I have more time to spend inside the building. Now I am someone who can walk thorough Costco or Sam's Club and only purchase bananas - but if you really enjoy shopping - parking further away and not spending time in your vehicle gives you more time to do what you like!