Monday, October 10, 2011

October Goals

So my overall goals, and reason for starting this blog, is to not quit. To keep working out. But to get a little more accountability, I now present: Goals for October.

October is a good month in Houston. The weather cools down (and we had a particularly scorching summer that I am glad to be rid of), the days are not yet super short, and its hard to NOT want to be outside.

Earlier this week I was inspired by this idea from Self Magazine: "Here's a new fit plan: Pick your worst diet habit and a challenging fitness goal and attack only those for 4 weeks." (via twitter)

Worst Diet Habit: Skipping over my love affair with Diet Coke, a long story in itself, we'll go with non-deliberate snacking. I'm going to base this plan on the assumption that its ok to eat small snacks between meals to keep metabolism up, and keep from becoming a crazed craving monster and eating everything in sight.
I have a habit of unplanned snacking- I'm talking about licking the bowl after making cookies, or breaking out the pita chips an hour before dinner and polishing off the bag. From now on snacks will be preplanned, portion controlled, and no more than 3 per day. Three is plenty if you assume one between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner, and one for an evening "dessert." As my schedule changes (overnight shifts are very confusing for the stomach), the placement may vary occasionally, but thats the plan. Also I will, for the sake of this experiment, count any sugared or caloried drink (beer, wine, the demonjuice known as coca cola) as a "snack." That means skipping dessert if I'm going to have a drink with dinner. Also means limiting myself to one drink if I want to keep my midmorning and afternoon snacks.

Exercise goal: Exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. My plan of attack for not giving up and going back to the couch is to make exercise a habit. Though I know that I probably cannot exercise every day (sometimes life just does that to you), I will start each day with the goal to fit it in somehow.
I want to only run once per week (this plus thursday night softball is enough for my ailing foot for now), so the rest of the days are open to all kinds of exercise. Yoga, boyfriend's TRX (affectionately called T-rex), bicycling, and walking are on my list already... but I could use some more ideas. Anything I can find at the local gym, do at home with minimal equipment, or get from Uverse on-demand is fair game!

Progress so far:
Of the 14 days in October, I've exercised on 11 of them... not too shabby.
Snacks I started paying attention to this week, and have held myself to the 3 snack rule. I even broke out the long neglected food scale to measure my pita chips. Tonight I had only 2 snacks on console, to leave room for the Grasshopper Martini I'm going to have after my shift tonight. I've been dreaming about that delicious mint chocolate wonder all day!

I'll check back in next week, let you know how I'm doing on the goals. Feel free to suggest workout ideas, to keep me busy!

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