I think have the latest round of little habits pretty well down, though I need to track them at least one more month on the Challenge forum.
I'm definitely getting more walking in during the day, and I think what I'm doing will be sustainable even during the winter months, and during my busy season at work. I'm pretty much maxed out at 40 minutes a day, though, if I only walk at work. I'll have to ponder what else I can do and when I can fit it in.
I'm still not eating the quantities of veggies that I should be, but I'm at least paying more attention to it. I think reinforcing that habit's going to be on my to-do list for quite a while.
So what's next? I need to cut some calories, and I also need to start working VERY SERIOUSLY on getting more sleep. That is one habit I have never, ever mastered. It makes me sigh just thinking about it.
I'm going to kill two birds with one stone on this one, and cut back on my daily coffee. I still want my coffee first thing in the morning, but I really don't need it anymore during the rest of the day, so I've already started cutting back on it this week. I'm having a mug and a half at home, and at work i'm getting a small decaf instead of a large half-caf. I usually get another half-caf at lunch too, and that's probably contributing to my not being sleepy at the right time. I've always been pretty sensitive to caffeine and never have ANY after 4pm, but even that might be too late in the day.
So far I haven't been drowsy at all during work, but I'm definitely feeling sleepier earlier in the evening since I started this habit this week. And I'm definitely consuming fewer calories and carbs. (I finally had to give up on heavy cream. I just put too much in my coffee, so I'm back to using half and half, and sometimes even watering it down.)
I should probably write a separate blog about sleep and why I don't ever get enough. I actively FIGHT having to go to sleep, even when i'm totally beat. I will actually nod off while I'm playing World of Warcraft, because I'm just not willing to quit.
I just don't like sleep, and I put it off until I literally can't keep my eyes open anymore. I also HATE not getting to sleep right away. Back in my teens and twenties I had a miserable time getting to sleep. Back then I was sleep-deprived, but it wasn't because I didn't go to bed on time, I just would always toss and turn for an hour or more before I finally dropped off.
And then I started having a couple of beers before bedtime, and that's been the pattern ever since. It's a crappy way to self-medicate, and it's been responsible for the majority of my weight gain, but, meh, it is what it is. I've cut back drastically, but I'll probably always enjoy those couple of brewskis.
So, I have my work cut out for me. I have most of my lifestyle in hand, and will hopefully just need to keep making adjustments and tweaks as time goes on, but the sleep issue might be where I finally hit the wall. I mean, I'm yawning as I'm typing this, and I'm still determined to watch last night's Daily Show on the web. Oy. This could take some time....