My "Trouble" Goals

Monday, November 23, 2009

Stage 3; Lifestyle Change Strategy 4

In this stage, Spark asks you to identify your Trouble goal, and then blog about it.

I'm picking two trouble goals, and going to try to get some good perspectives on "my issues".

1) Staying on Track during the Weekends
a) Why it happens:
There is less structure on the weekend, and there are many many more parties. My girlfriend and I also eat together most meals on the weekends, and she is constantly pushing to order delivery, and to eat a larger breakfast.
b) Problems it causes:
Sometimes the weekends are so bad that it negates all the good progress that I made during the week. If the weekend was particularly slovenly, I start Monday more exhausted than I ended the day with on Friday.
c) What I can do about it:
I am going to try to exercise at least one day on the weekends, and maybe set some boundaries/expectations with my gf. Like we can eat a big breakfast on Sunday, but then we can't order delivery for dinner.
Any accomplished weekend warriors out there? What has worked for you?

2) Moderating my alcohol intake
a) Why it happens:
Oooh, this is loaded. The primary reason why this occurs is that when I get home, I use a glass of wine or a beer to relax. I'm also a very social person, and do things with other people 3-4 times a week. Usually these get togethers include alcohol. I don't think there's anything wrong with 1-2 glasses of alcohol a couple times a week. However, I usually end up drinking 6 days a week, and one of those days will be a 3-4 drink day.
b) Problems it causes:
Alcohol has no nutritional value whatsoever--my body isn't getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy when I'm drinking up my calories. It can make me feel blue and tired the morning after. Finally, it's a barrier between me and my goals.
c) What I can do about it:
I'm going to set a goal of a certain number of alcohol free days a week. I'm also going to try to share this goal with a few friends, so that when we're out, I don't feel weird just grabbing a diet coke.

The hardest part about blogging about my goals is that I feel like I KNOW what I should be doing, but in the face of temptation, I'm not good about meeting the expectations that I set for myself. I guess I'd call these some very ingrained, hard-to-break habits that I need to figure out how to break.
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    You & I definitely share the same problems! Weekends are so hard for me because I eat out & I drink .. I then get lazy to work out. Like you, I'm a very social person and I go out for drinks with friends. Even when I don't, I have a wine or beer at home. I know this all totals up & isn't helping me. Maybe you & I can help each other through this. Limit ourselves to a certain # of drinks a week. Drinking also makes me less inclined to stay on track with my food -- I tend to eat food I shouldn't.
    3406 days ago
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