Sunday, January 06, 2013

Goals - let's set some realistic ones...

I've realized that I  have been missing out on what was a very successful part of my weight loss initially. I am missing having little goals. Better yet, I am missing the thrill of meeting and beating those goals, giving me that confidence boost that sometimes a person just needs. So why don't I put some stuff in black and white and see how it goes.

I am going to try to swim three times a week, every week this year. That means every time my clock goes off at 6am I am going to have to say to myself "I like being fit more than I like being overweight". This, my friends, is going to be a challenge! 6am is awful early in the dark days of winter. Three times a week though, at 45 minutes per pop, it's not like I'm shooting for the stars, it's a very attainable goal! I can do that.

I am going to stop taking the lift  elevator at work. I have been looking at the stairs for a couple weeks now, battling in my head how I should make myself climb up the three floors, but I can always humor myself into the elevator somehow, justifying it with some bullshit line. No more. It's stairs for me.

I've been slacking on eating my fish through the week, even though I really do like fish. I dislike cooking fish because I'm just crappy at it. I overcook the crap out of it and I never know what herbs really go well with it. I end up with tilapia almost every time and end up topping it with mustard of all things. I know that's not a combination that I EVER see at a restaurant so I'm sure there are better alternatives. I do eat canned tuna usually 1-2 times a week. Since my cafeteria at work usually offers fish in at least two dishes through the week I'll try to eat some there. My goal will be fish in at least 3-4 meals a day.

I have stuck with only having one can of diet coke per day and that's made me pretty happy. I wonder if cutting out that one can would really make a difference of if, mentally, I would feel like I am punishing myself. I know when I go to lunch I look forward to that sweetness, the bubbles, the chill of it. I'll shoot for having it every other day at work (since I don't drink it on weekends anyway) and see how that goes.

I'm still eating my two fruit per day, so I can't really set that goal again but I am sure I don't get in 3 veggies per day, so having a veg at lunch is going to be a goal of mine.

On top of swimming, I need to find another form of exercise. Once my gym opens at work, I'll lift there but, what if that doesn't happen until June... am I really just going to sit around and wait until then? I have the Wii Fitness Coach that has strength training options on it. I will try this out and see how it goes before I set any real goals with it.

I have tossed around the idea of walking during my lunch break but I just can't seem to stick to that routine. I'll revisit this idea once winter is over and spring...springs!

So there are just a couple actually pretty small changes I can start with. These goals feel good. They feel attainable. They don't feel overzealous or like it will be too much pressure on me to be perfect. Seems I may have actually learned some life lessons with Novarum. Still the best choice I ever made!

What are some of YOUR goals for this year?

I hope you're all having healthy, successful weeks!

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