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. Iíll come back to this one. Okay, Iím back. Hereís 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. Iím going to modify the goal to ďFreggies first Ė 5 a dayĒ.
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 Iím struggling to get off the couch, relaxing the rules to include more movement might be more motivating. Plus, Iíve 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. Iíll come back to this one. Ooh, did I really say Iíd come back? Okay, hereís my commitment: Once I get two successful weeks of the Freggies and Fitness goals under my belt, Iíll 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, Iíd see results, then Iíd like planning. Quit whining and just do it. Is that a plan? The other issue is 1500 calories. I donít know if itís the stress Iíve been under lately, but I feel like Iíd be starving if I drop to 1500. Thatís not true, obviously. But I might lose some weight. Why oh why is that not a compelling enough reason? I swear, Iíd 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, thereís a huge selection of these bad boys. Theyíre 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. Iím a strong starter, but I have no staying power. So, that gets me back to the goals and why theyíre 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. Iím going to try to do them for just one week. Then Iíll do it again the following week. Maybe that will help me keep rolling this ball uphill. Itís worth a try. Iím 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. Iíve had some success with that in the past, including keeping a running total of my weekly fitness minutes. This is cool. I think Iím on to somethingÖor back on to it, as it were. My tether to the wagon is firmly in place! The Fitbit, while interesting, isnít 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. Iím starting today. No, Iím 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