Tis the Season - Fine Tuning My Goals
Friday, December 14, 2012
The holidays are weighing on me like a ton of bricks. Plus, I work in Finance and year end is notoriously chaotic for us. Since I deal so poorly with stress, well, life just sucks sometimes. But even though I'm walking in a food fog lately, I'm not totally out of it. I'm here to re-tune my focus. What better place to start than goals? Here are the goals that are on a post it note on my calendar. I keep bringing it forward, but rarely achieve the goals, so I think I need a different approach.
1. 5 Freggies a day
2. 1 hour of fitness a day
3. Strength train three days a week
4. Target ~1500 calories a day
5 Freggies a day is definitely achievable, especially when you consider what a serving really is. How can I make this a focus? I keep complaining that I need to do a better job meal planning. Whine, whine, whine. I’ll come back to this one. Okay, I’m back. Here’s my action plan: Veggies first. I am going to make a concerted effort to add a serving of vegetables to my plate before I add anything else. I’m going to modify the goal to “Freggies first – 5 a day”.
1 hour of fitness is also achievable, especially if you relax the definition of fitness to include walking. I have a tendency to only count the stuff that gets my heart rate elevated, which is commendable, but if I’m struggling to get off the couch, relaxing the rules to include more movement might be more motivating. Plus, I’ve got my Fitbit now, so that hour is just about all I need to reach my 10K daily step goal. Even though my fitness has been derailed these past few weeks, it probably is the easiest goal for me to achieve. I have an easier time working out more than eating less.
Strength training. I’ll come back to this one. Ooh, did I really say I’d come back? Okay, here’s my commitment: Once I get two successful weeks of the Freggies and Fitness goals under my belt, I’ll work the strength training in.
1500 cals a day. OMG, that means I have to track. I hate tracking. I wish I had a built in barcode scanner for everything that passed my lips. Tracking, tracking, tracking...Hmm, how can I fall in love with tracking? I could try to make it easier on myself. If I eat the same kind of things every day, I can create groups in my tracker on SparkPeople. That gets boring, but I can take advantage of it here and there. Planning. I could also plan. I hate meal planning. I hate that I hate so much. How could I stop the hate? If I did a little planning and executed the plan, I’d see results, then I’d like planning. Quit whining and just do it. Is that a plan? The other issue is 1500 calories. I don’t know if it’s the stress I’ve been under lately, but I feel like I’d be starving if I drop to 1500. That’s not true, obviously. But I might lose some weight. Why oh why is that not a compelling enough reason? I swear, I’d rather work out more than eat less.
The other issue (are you keeping track) is the crap I eat. If I cooked, I could buy better food and avoid less of the go-to pre-packaged stuff we eat on a regular basis. We have a nick-name for some of the recent stand ins: microwave meat. Oh yes, there’s a huge selection of these bad boys. They’re loaded with calories, fat, and sodium (fat and sodium have been taking on a food group of their own in my life these days). You can get pulled pork, meatloaf, ribs, braised beef tips, the list goes on. The issue with this issue is that it feeds on itself. The more crap you eat, the more you crave more of it. And when you stack up the calories, egads, you could eat piles and piles of slightly healthier stuff in lieu of the high calorie processed stuff.
See? I know stuff. I just am not good at making good decisions again and again. I’m a strong starter, but I have no staying power. So, that gets me back to the goals and why they’re important and why the ones I keep pulling forward are good, but not good enough. I think I need to put a short time frame around them. I’m going to try to do them for just one week. Then I’ll do it again the following week. Maybe that will help me keep rolling this ball uphill. It’s worth a try. I’m also going to post a blog once a week and update it each day with my progress. Some people like using hard copy calendars and stickers. I like to use my blog. I’ve had some success with that in the past, including keeping a running total of my weekly fitness minutes. This is cool. I think I’m on to something…or back on to it, as it were. My tether to the wagon is firmly in place! The Fitbit, while interesting, isn’t going to be my savior. I still need to get off my ass and quit stuffing my face.
Here are my revised goals. I was having some fun with alliteration. I’m starting today. No, I’m starting NOW!
1. Freggies first - 5 a day
2. Fitness too - 1 hour a day
3. Flexing fun - strength three days a week
4. 1500 - calories a day