Sunday, November 11, 2012

Week 1 results and goals for week 2

Week 1 went fairly well. I wasn't perfect, but I made the effort and I realize this is a process. I am not focused on perfection. I'm focused on long term goals and permanent change. I completed 2 out of the 4 goals I set for the week. I drank plenty of water each day and I worked out 4 times. I did accidentally skip breakfast once and I ate out twice. I made healthy choices, and one was a special occasion and the other was when someone bought me lunch as a surprise. I don't feel bad about either so I'm happy with how this week went. I only weigh myself once a week and I lost 2 pounds this week! Yay! I'm happy with how it went overall.

For week 2, I want to step it up and work out a little more. I think 4 times a week is realistic for the number of times I will work out, but I'd like to work out longer each time. I want to work out at least 40 minutes, 4 times per week.

I'd also like to maintain my previous weeks goal for drinking water and add to it by eliminating soda completely. This will be hard! I love diet soda. But I think I'll feel better without it. I also want to keep cooking at home as much as possible. I want to plan ahead and pack meals for work like I've been doing.

I want to add a new goal of trying new foods this week. I'm going to search out 3 healthy dishes that I've never made and include them in our meals this week.

I'm constantly searching out inspiration to keep me motivated and I saw this an loved it!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day one

Day one went fairly well. My baby forced my out of bed LONG before I was ready to get up, 5:00! So I made the most of my early morning and exercised for 30 minutes.

My awesome husband made me a yummy breakfast of scrambled egg whites, veggies and a whole wheat English muffin.

Then I started my 13 hour shift at work. This is usually the hardest place to maintain my diet. I work at a pharmacy inside a grocery store for 13 hours. The pharmacy happens to be located right next to the junk food and soda isle. So all day I'm staring at all the things I should have. What makes it worse is that some of my coworkers eat nothing but junk food. I tend to eat the worst at work. This will be a real challenge to see if I can maintain a healthy diet with these obstacles to overcome.

I planned ahead and knew exactly what I would be eating and when, so today ended up being a complete success! But, if I can't be successful on day 1, then I won't be successful at all.

I read a quote today that struck a chord with me. "There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as a life in between." -Pat Riley

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I'm back, and fatter than ever.

I have finally reached the point where I am ready to make serious changes in my life. I am ready to make some permanent changes in my life. I want to be healthy. I need to be healthy. There is no time like the present, so I'm gonna jump right in. I'd first like to start by writing down some long and short term goals. I need this to be permanent. If it's going to be permanent, I need to know exactly what I plan on permanently changing. I know this isn't going to be easy, but I know it will be worth it. I am ready to make changes that will positively affect the health of myself and my family.

This week's goals:

  • Exercise 4 times for a minimum of 30 minutes each time. 
  • Eat breakfast everyday! (I am so bad at skipping breakfast)
  • Consume enough water (I'm going to take my weight in pounds, divide it in half and drink that many ounces per day.) 
  • Eat home cooked meals only. No eating out!

My short term goal is to lose at least 15 pounds by the end of the year. This will prove difficult as the holiday season can be oh so tempting, but I can do it! I will do it! I have to believe that I can. I am capable. I am determined. Now I just need to find the discipline!

My long term goals are going to be a bit more fluid. I think as I get further along in this process they may change, and that's OK so long as it's a healthy change. So for now I'd like my long term goals to be mostly focused on the following:

Long term goals:

  • Lose a healthy amount of weight. (I'm not going to stress over a number at the moment.)
  • Maintain an active lifestyle for myself and my family 
  • Exercise at least 4-6 times per week
  • Eat a predominantly plant based diet
I would like to blog my progress weekly. That would be ideal, but I am a full time mom with a full time job outside my home, so I will do my best at blogging. The thing that needs my best effort right now is my health!