Healthy habit mini-goals for the next week

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Since I am pretty much just starting out on the path towards a healthier lifestyle... I need to cut myself some slack and give myself some breathing room. I don't want to let myself expect or hope for everything to change all at once -- that suddenly I'm going to be a perfect eater and regular exerciser, etc. One of the things I love about SparkPeople is how much they emphasize easing into the transition from unhealthy to unhealthy.

So, regardless of what the scale says next time I weigh myself, I'm going to commit to being proud of myself for just taking a few steps towards creating healthier habits.

First and foremost: I really want to get back into the habit of cooking more healthy meals for myself, including lunches to take to work. I love to cook, actually, and am pretty good at it, too. I know this is going to be one of the biggest keys -- if not THE key -- for me getting back in charge of my health. (It'll make saving money a lot easier too... another big plus for me.)

But it's going to be hard to break the bad habit I've created of eating out a lot and/or ordering dinner in. Eating out is super convenient, and often very tasty, and very tempting. I live in the city, 2 blocks away from a bustling street full of delicious restaurants and fun bars. My office has its own cafeteria, plus several lunch options nearby, including a bunch of rotating gourmet food trucks that are crazy good.

So I'm going to take it slow and focus on some baby steps.

1) The first step -- and I've been doing this for at least a week now, which I'm proud of myself for -- is to choose healthier options when I do eat out. This includes having fewer drinks, since I can't afford the empty calories right now. For example, at the British gastropub for trivia night on Tuesday, I got spinach daal (spiced spinach lentils and rice) instead of fish and chips, and only had one drink instead of three. At the TexMex place last weekend, I got a grilled salmon salad with light dressing instead of a big burrito, went easy on the chips, and didn't order a beer or margarita at all. These are like, the tiniest triumphs ever, but they are still triumphs! Go me.

2) Cook dinner at least 3 times in the next week. (Veggies, whole grains, lean proteins.)

3) Bring my lunch from home at least 2 times in the next week.

Easy goals! I bet I will have no problem meeting them.
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    I think these are great goals. I totally agree about the cooking your own meals thing. I love to cook too however cooking 3 meals a day for myself every day is difficult. I've also had to cut down on my drinking which wasn't as hard and I thought. Nice work. Keep it up!
    1773 days ago
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