Plans to continue my healthy journey
Monday, December 31, 2012
What are my goals for 2013?
I like this question better: What am I doing that works, and what changes can I make to improve my health?
I am a big believer in working all the time on my goals, and not using a specific date as a marker for beginning or ending. There have been so many times in the past that I make a New Year's resolution with high hopes for change only to disappoint myself.
So--what is working well right now?
I completed a difficult 10-day challenge in December!!
I am well enough to run again, did 5K in 44 minutes yesterday.
I have equipment to do ST and yoga or yoga/pilates in my home.
I have a work schedule that gives me mornings to work out.
I am eating lots of fruits and vegetables and smaller amounts of carbs, fat, & protein
I am taking my vitamins regularly.
I am drinking lots of water.
I am drinking mostly soy or almond milk instead of cow milk.
I cook many vegan dishes.
I avoid processed food and cook from scratch.
With all that, I am maintaining a 70 pound weight loss over the last 3 1/2 years. My health is good, I am strong, and my mental outlook is better.
What do I need to change to improve my health?
Need to explore and implement ways to reduce my emotional eating.--This was something I focused on during the first half of last year. I spent money and time on programs, listened to a bunch of pod casts, did EFT, stopped tracking my food. I can't see that any of those choices made any difference in the long run. So I am still looking for tools to work for me in this area.
Regular cardio and ST--I had to leave my gym for financial reasons and now make myself totally responsible for working out at home. I will make a written schedule and stick to it. I will register and run 5K and 10K races this year.
Blogging/Journaling--I have avoided making a commitment to blog here on SP. I tell myself it is too hard, I don't have time, and so on. And yet, there are Spark friends that I look up to that journal every day as a way to keep their focus on what they want, what is really important.
I see the benefits I get just from reading their blogs, and I know I am avoiding something that is crucial to my progress. I will commit to blogging two days every week.
I'm not ready to make a daily commitment, but I will promise to blog twice/week.
I think that is enough to focus on right now.