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January's Accomplishments

Sunday, February 03, 2013

So my goal for this year is to change the way I think about the things I am trying to do. I did alot of thinking and decided that the best way to make changes is by making very small goals. Not that I want to lose 30 lbs or I want to strength train, or I want to eat healthier but how am I going to accomplish those things slowly, safely, and in a manner that stays consistent? Well I am doing really small changes monthly to get to my full goal at the end of the year.

Goal 1 was to quit smoking on January 7th. Didn't happen on the 7th but did happen on the 25th. I started slowly that day by not having a lunchtime cigarette. Then saturday I cut back a couple more, and then Sunday I had none. I have not had a cigarette in 8 days now. Yesterday was extremely challenging. I get into habits that make me want to smoke so I had to work around them. I also stopped and bought several packs of chewing gum. I have to do this naturally. I've done it with patches before, medication, and always go back after not smoking for several weeks or even years. So this time I am quitting cold turkey and using sugarless gum as a substitute. I know it will be a daily challenge but I will strive to just "do it" as I read today in one of our members inspirational blogs.

Goal 2: My second goal was to lose 2 lbs last month. I am happy to say I lost 2.6 lbs. emoticon Now I can sit here and beat myself up because it wasn't more but I would be doing myself an injustice. I am proud of those 2.6 lbs. I set a reachable goal and not only did I achieve it but surpassed my goal. I will set small goals from now on.

Goal 3: Make better eating choices. My poisin is potato chips emoticon I practically eat them daily. Ruffles sour cream and onions or crunchy cheese doodles. Well I realized that I probably will never give those up so I decided to go about it differently. I am buying the light chips or baked most of the time. When I eat the regular brand I don't buy the flavored anymore so I can eat less sodium and a serve myself in a bowl so it is portioned out.I will continue to work on this till I get better.

Also, I usually make my lunches but since I started my new job I have been eating out DAILY. My new tactic is to go to subway and pick from the healthier choices on the menu. I always choose whole grain breads, have most of the time left out the cheese, ask for spinach instead of lettuce, never add mayo only mustard, vinegar and no oil, black pepper and oregano and absolutely no salt. I drink one full bottle of water while eating. Have I ordered chinese, yes I have but I am dividing it into 3 portions before I even start to eat it. That way I am not overeating something I probably shouldn't be eating anyway.

So February's goals:

Lose 2 lbs.
Continue not to smoke.
Make 2 healthy meal choices a day
Run 3 x a week.
do 15 situps, 5 pushups, and 1 plank 3x a week-goal is by the end of the month to reach 25 situps, 10 pushups (modified) and 1 minute plank.

Can't wait to update everyone with my accomplishments at the end of the month. Good luck to all this month. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great goals!
    Can I offer some feedback?

    I see it is a great strategy to go with small changes. I experience this also on myself. However, it needs good tracking, as humans usually miss noticing gradual changes vs. big changes.

    I have read many articles on skipping cigarette. Maybe you have read a lot, too, but if interested, I can look it up, and send it to you. What I recall, is that they encouraged on focusing on a replacement habit (doing something), vs. giving up (not doing something).

    I really like your strategy for eating out! I also drink abundantly when eating out, so for the thirstiness, I drink, and eat only for the hunger part.

    Looking forward hearing from you in Feb on how it is going!

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    emoticon emoticon Wishing you continued success!
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    Sounds like you are doing great! Great action plan!
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