Goals and Planning

I spent the last few days working on some exercises to try to get at the root of my brain and this weight loss thing.  It's been really eye opening to be really honest and open with myself about weight loss and other things in my life that are bothering me these days that may be playing into the weight loss struggles.  It was a great activity and I'm really glad I did it, even if it bothered me sometimes to admit some of the things that are bothering me.  I think I still find it amazing that in my life every single thing I've put my mind to I've done and done well if I might add.  Everything except weight loss that is.  And I am ready to change that fact and hopefully more prepared after these journaling assignments.

So the final product of the exercises was coming up with a list of things I thought were manageable that I could do to get closer to my goals and to maybe address some of the issues I worked through in journaling that needed a more active approach.  This list was hard to make but I think it will be really good because I am hopefully addressing some of my mental issues.  Here's my list:

  • Walk 30 minutes every evening
  • Exercise 4-5 days a week (higher intensity than walking)
  • Walk 10 minutes every morning
  • Take the stairs 
  • Make 1/2 my dinner plate veggies (cooked, salad, whatever!)
  • Eat at least one piece of fruit a day
  • Drink 5 glasses of water before I leave work
  • Live in the pause when I'm stressed out or otherwise tempted to really overeat or go crazy
  • Pack a healthy snack for the drive home from work to keep in case I need it
  • Plan and make time to eat my morning snack 
  • Do two social activities, meetups, or exercise classes a month
  • Limit alcohol to only one day (if any) a week
  • Never take more than 2 days off exercise unless I'm sick or injured
  • Log every single meal in my fitbook
  • Don't watch tv all evening every evening
  • Re-start hard core Dave Ramsey Baby Steps (aka budgeting)
Not bad, eh?  It's not all health related, some are just life related and things I need to work on in general.  I'm happy about this list and about working through all of this over the last few days.  Now to put it in action and finally reach this goal!