My 'Here's HOW I can do this' list
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Ohhh, so that's what that goal board idea means!
Yesterday, I made of list of very specific behavior changes that will help me achieve my goals. Going beyond 'exercise more, eat less', because let's face it, I've eaten with reckless abandon most of my life, and have never held myself accountable for the consequences of my actions. I wouldn't allow myself this kind of irresponsible behavior in any other area of my life, so why do I allow it with food? Hmmm, that is another discussion altogether, so let me not digress. Most, if not all, of these items fall under the 'Duh!' category, I'm embarrassed to say, but I need to be honest with myself and come to terms with some fairly undignified behavior.
Duh #1. Go to the bank, not the Wawa, when I need to get money at the ATM. Wawa is a convenience store and my bank has an ATM in the store. Convenient? Well only if I want soft pretzels, Tastycakes, and a soda too. That is what I've been doing for years. Fifty bucks and 800 calories in one stop. I needed cash, not calories. Yikes. So now I use the bank ATM.
Duh#2: Go to the gym on my way home from work, instead of going home, snacking, then eating dinner, then snacking again, and whoops-- too late to exercise. My kids are grown so I come home to an empty house. And I've developed a nasty habit of coming in the door and eating as if there is no tomorrow. This is my interpretation of 'me time', I guess. Sheesh. So, time to look for a new outlet-- the gym! I was sure I would hate it ( I don't), feel intimidated (I do sometimes but really, who cares), and not see any difference in how if felt (I do).
Duh #3: Make a batch of vegetable soup every Sunday and keep small containers in the fridge. I'm a snacker, which I would like to stop, but for right now, I'm still having snacks once or twice a day. And, notwithstanding item #2 above, I still have to go home sometime. And my husband (who lost 35 lbs and has kept it off) has lots of food that have no place near my mouth. So, instead of reaching for the cookies, pretzels, or chips that sing to me when I am in the kitchen, I reach for a quick soup. Not a perfect solution, but much better than a big bowl of chips and a beer on a Saturday afternoon.
Duh #4: Have a cup of tea after dinner, instead of something else to eat. I bought some really delicious and slightly pricey teas, but why would I balk at $12 for tea that will last me a month when I've spent waaay more than that on a quick stroll through the aforementioned Wawa.
Duh#5: Stay connected on Sparkpeople and keep getting inspiration, guidance, support and encouragement from successful and struggling Sparkies alike! I joined Sparkpeople in the fall, and thought I was doing well. But then I went on vacation, the holidays came around, the kids were home, we went out to dinner with friends, and on and on and on. And poof, all my hard work gone down the drain. If only I had put the food down the drain and not in my body.... When I got back to Sparkville, I really dug deep into the why's and how's of this whole healthy living lifestyle. I'm committed, and I find myself having to recommit about 10 times a day. But I know that each time I read something new, especially from my friend feed, my understanding grows, and my commitment becomes more real and more me.
So onward I go, with a little help from my friends. And a big Thanks to Watermellen for her inspiration for this blog...