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#118 - January Goals.

Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 has been a great year for me. I've lost a little over 20 pounds, I'm healthier than I've ever been, and I'm working out more. When I was 174 lbs, I never thought I would get to where I am now. I know, though, that to get to my desired weight, I need to do a little better, so below are my plans for January:

1. Eat cleaner/try a new clean recipe once a week.
2. Workout 5-6 times a week.
3. Sleep more (8-9 hours a night).
4. Drink more water (8-12 cups a day).
5. Incorporate Yoga or Pilates 1-2 times a week.
6. Be grateful.

**I say January because I am better with short-term goals. I hope to continue these for all of 2013.**

I struggle on the weekends and on holidays. I guess the lack of a schedule really throws me off which explains numbers 2-4. I think the best way to tackle those are to create a schedule for days that I am not at work. I hope to come up with one over the next few days.

Number 1 is a big deal because right now, I am eating whatever as long as it fits within the calorie range. I would love to get away from processed foods entirely; however, I would need to be better at taking time out on Sundays to make meals. (I will be working on that too!) For January, I would like my breakfast, lunch, and snacks to be 100% clean. Dinner is a little different as I cook for both my boyfriend and I; he's picky. Hopefully, I can switch to 100% clean eating in February or March, but I'd also like to take my time too. It's a big change.

So, how do I begin clean eating? What foods can or cannot eat? Any suggestions? I will be on a budget, so any tips for that would be greatly appreciated.
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    The term 'clean eating' has always had me somewhat confused too. Maybe because it is too nebulous. I need defined and very structured limits to succeed most of the time. It is also because I grew up on a farm and still, for the most part, eat the way I was raised. All good, fresh, wholesome foods. But you know what? That did not keep me thin - I just ate too much of mom's good home cooking and ballooned into a chubby teen. Don't get me wrong, I've eaten my share of junk too; but I know that isn't clean. It's the "in between" I have a hard time making the distinction. Therefore, I'm basically going to just do my best. We can do this!
    1970 days ago
    The best advice I was ever given is to shop the parameter of the store and skip the middle isles. If there is something you have to have from the middle - ask yourself is it clean? Do you really need it?

    I've found that I dont REALLY need much from the middle isles except dried beans (because I like the cheap beans :) - They do well in the crock pot all day.

    Good luck!!
    1973 days ago
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    You got this Sam!
    Check out Mark Sisson at in regards to clean eating.
    Also check out the Primal lifestyle team here on spark.

    1973 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Congrats on your accomplishments in 2012... and good luck with your goals for 2013! emoticon
    1973 days ago
    Wow, you've done great - how inspiring! When I'm good about eating clean, it's all about the convenience factor. I love Just a Handful of Roasted Unsalted Almonds from Trader Joe's because it's both totally clean (just almonds) and also prepackaged in single-serving bags. I like smoothies for breakfast and I google recipes to make (especially crockpot recipes) to batch-cook. I even prefer convenient fruit for snacks like apples and clementines over something I have to chop up! (I need to get back to eating like this!) Best of luck!
    1973 days ago
  • C8TSON
    I would say try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible for the clean eating. Since I have cut back on the pre-packaged stuff, I have felt sooooo much better. There are so many preservatives in those types of foods, that even the "healthiest" claims don't make up for the junk they put in there. emoticon I think you have great plans for January! emoticon emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Fantastic goals. I'll be trying to eat clean too, as you know from my blog. I have "The Eat-Clean Diet' book by Tosca Reno. Also, there are a lot of health blogs and tumblrs online that I can share with you if you like.
    In terms of what to eat: lean meats, veggies, fruits, healthy fats and lots of water. I am not sure yet how to handle meals with my husband either.
    We'll figure this out together!

    1974 days ago
    I struggle on weekends too, mostly because the time just gets away from me and before I know it it's 7pm, I've only had 3 glasses of water and 1 piece of fruit.
    Making a schedule for weekends sounds like a good plan, in which I might join you : )
    1974 days ago
    Sounds like you have some great and do-able goals. Good luck!
    1974 days ago
    Your goals sound great.

    Cleaner eating to me means choosing mostly natural/fresh or frozen fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. It means avoiding for the most part processed foods and things that have more than a couple of ingredients. Cleaner cooking methods include baking, broiling, grilling, roasting, etc. without the addition of a lot of fats. When using fat, choosing healthier fats like olive oil make it cleaner. I refuse to eliminate ALL of any food group or even any specific food but choosing the more natural and the healthier options is a good place to start.
    1974 days ago
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