- Limit myself to one calcium chew a day: I take the Viactiv chews because I worry about my bones, but lately I’ve been having more than the recommended 1-2 chews/day. With all the dairy I eat, I don’t think I need to take two, let alone three or even four some days. Scary! I’m going to have one and leave it at that.
- Give up my gum-chewing habit: A pack a day habit is bad, whether it’s cigarettes or gum. I often chew two pieces at a time, which explains a little why I go through so much gum, but I think this is an old Ed-habit that needs to go bye-bye! I’m going to stick to one piece at a time and only chew gum after meals to freshen my breath.
- Commit to three weight training sessions per week: This will help me feel strong, motivated, and accomplished at the gym. If I’m lifting weights, the need to do insane amounts of cardio will subside since building muscle isn’t really compatible with trying to burn a bajillion calories. I also hope that lifting weights instead of doing so much cardio will help my moods, my appetite, and just how I feel this month so I can enjoy the holidays.
- Have one decaf coffee per day: Yesterday wasn’t too bad with two (albeit they were huge) decafs but some days I have three or four, not including my morning cup of coffee. Like the gum thing, I think this is just an old habit I’ve hung on to, but I think it might be throwing off my hunger cues and is expensive and bad for my teeth! I will try to have one and then if I really need a hot drink, I’ll go for a tea instead.
- Enjoy parties, keeping moderation in mind: I am going to limit myself to 1 or 2 drinks at each party I go to. This will help me when it comes to fighting off Ed, who rages when I’m feeling alcohol and my guard is down. I will have dessert when it looks good, will remember that cookies can count as a snack, and will focus on the people, not the food!
- Eat sitting down: Looking back, I realize how much I take in every day while I’m getting my food ready. A couple bites of cereal here, a spoonful of peanut butter there, a few slices of cheese too. I know it’s not WRONG to eat a little while you’re getting your meal ready, but I also know that if I eat before I’m ravenous, trust that I can always go back for more, and leave Ed out of the picture, I don’t need this behaviour, which I think is a way of sabotaging (if I overeat by eating extras like this on top of my meal plan, etc. and end up gaining extra weight or feeling bloated, etc., then
IEd can blame the meal plan for making me miserable).
- Eat 5 to 10 servings of veggies a day: This means i’m going to have to get creative. Lately I feel like I’m in a food rut: dried fruits, apples, and salad. I don’t cook interesting veggies very often and I’m not sure why that is. I can achieve this goal by adding in new recipes and ways of eating fruits and veggies (tomato juice maybe? shredded carrots in my sandwich? pumpkin in my yogurt?). Adding this is adding nutrition and this is one way that I can focus on ADDING instead of limiting, which is Ed’s favourite thing to focus on (notice that I’m not GIVING UP gum, coffee, cardio, etc. but am just becoming more CONSCIOUS and limiting it to a more moderate amount).
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night: I’m not going to get up at 5am. Period. This will help my studying, moods, eating, energy, etc.
- Take things one at a time: I have a lot of important things this month (applications, essays, and exams) but luckily they are pretty spread out. Worrying about the ones that are later on will only distract me from focusing on the ones I need to tackle now.
- Spend time with family and friends: Just because I’m busy is no excuse to hibernate. I can take time off and I will likely be more productive in the time I do work if I feel like I’ve been good to myself and am not missing out on things (parties, traditions, etc.).
- Enjoy the holidays, food and otherwise: I’ll have some Christmas cookies, some egg nog, and hopefully a few holiday dinners. But more importantly, I’ll have fun with people who I love. This year, I want to remember the things I did and the people I did them with, not the food I ate or didn’t eat, the workouts I did or didn’t do, or the pants that fit or didn’t fit.
Wish me luck!
What are your goals for the holidays?