Thursday, June 14, 2012

An honest look at my unhealthy habits


As part of project 10, I have decided to take an honest look at my most unhealthy habits and see what I can do to make changes. I made a list of some of the things I do and what I will do to work on them:

Sweets and Treats: I am not a snack food girl. Chips and pretzels are not my thing. Candy, cookies, ice cream etc...THOSE things are my weakness. I was watching Extreme Makeover, weight loss edition and they have tips at each commercial break. One of the tips said that the more sweets you eat, the more you actually crave. I don't know if I really "crave" anything in particular. I just think I pretend I have no will power and I just tend to gravitate to something sweet. If it is not in my house it is a lot easier to avoid, but I have come to terms with the fact that temptation will be around me all the time, so instead of avoiding it, I want to be strong enough to just not eat it. GOAL:No sweets for 1 whole week. I am hoping that this will help me not want to eat treats all of the time. And when I reintroduce them I will do so in moderation. There is nothing wrong with having ice cream, but get a scoop out of the container...don't eat half of a Ben and Jerry's in a sitting!

Saying I am "Too Busy" to exercise: We all have time in our day. Even if you say you have no time, if you actually think of how much time you waste on putzing around, we can all fit in fitness. It doesn't need to be insanely intense or a 5 mile run, but 20-30 minutes a day is definitely doable. GOAL: To work out a minimum of 5 days a week. I would like to say 6 as my goal, but I would rather be realistic and overshoot my goal than to fall short every week and get down on myself.

Slacking on Meal Planning: When I plan my week's meals and go shopping I eat right. When I am too busy lazy on the weekend,  and don't take the time to plan and shop, we end up getting takeout. It takes me about 30 minutes to plan the meals and an hour to shop. My health and fitness is worth 90 minutes of my time. I need to make it a priority. GOAL: Be vigilant on meal planning, making sure that we are eating a balance of healthy foods and that I have leftovers to take for lunch.


All of that being said I managed to lose 1.5 pounds last week! I will be doing my measurements next Wednesday again and updating that. I am going less by the weight and more by my overall fitness. I know as I gain muscle for working out, I will fluctuate on the scale, but I will record it anyway.
Start:156
Week 1:154.5

If you want to join us on the Project 10 quest then head on over to Stephanie's Mommy Brain and link up!



14 comments:

  1. Great job on the weight loss! I love this sentence - "There is nothing wrong with having ice cream, but get a scoop out of the container...don't eat half of a Ben and Jerry's in a sitting!" So very true!!

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  2. Yay! Congrats on the weight loss. I am usually fine not eating sweets unless they are around me. Unfortunately my husband had a huge sweet tooth and always has candy around. I've been encouraging him to eat candy I don't actually like so I won't want it. I've also found that if I do something like put a little bit of sugar on some strawberries or other fruit that can usually satisfy my sweet craving.

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  3. I'm a sweets girl too but recently I've been wanting something savorty at night and I just have to break that cycle since I've gained some pounds back.

    These are great goals for you to have! Good Luck and great on your loss!! :D

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  4. Yep, I'm a sweets girl too. My sweet tooth is out of control. I know how that goes!! Congrats on the loss! Way to go!

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  5. I hear ya on the meal planning! Sooo hard for me. But it's seriously one of the things I hope to master this year!

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  6. I definitely need to work on some of the same things - especially the meal planning, what a huge difference it makes!!!

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  7. I need to work on similar things too! I think we can all do it together! Congrats on the weight loss!

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  8. I wish I was mentally ready to take on the task of examining my unhealthy habits. My 9 month's postpartum belly mocks me every day but I'm just not one to go it alone, I would need someone poking and prodding me to stay the course so in the absence of that....I lament my current health and fitness.

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  9. Your treat goal sounds realistic. I go overboard with sugar when I fast from it for a month. Moderation is key for me and I've been trying to apply that to all the sugary frozen goodness this summer...which has been hard considering how it's been hotter than Hades here lately. Sometimes ice cream tastes better than a cold glass of Crystal Light, right?

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