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My Other Goals

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!

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ALAINEBUG 5/10/2013 7:01PM

    Don't forget to look back once in a while and see how far you have come. I bet you have taken these goals and fully incorporated them into your life. Taking this time for yourself has only helped you give more love to those around you. All the while, helping you be happier and more fufilled with your life. You should be so proud of yourself.

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NELLJONES 11/12/2012 8:21AM

    I'm with you on a couple of these: I love to walk and maximize walking wherever I can. And I weigh everything I put into my mouth or my recipes. That prune will be there next time you want one.

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