It’s halfway through April. Time to reevaluate those goals I set out for myself merely two weeks ago. We all give ourselves goals, whether they’re long term or short term. Sometimes, I tend to get really impatient waiting for the results of those goals, and I forget how far I’ve come. I began this journey just over two months ago, and already I’ve obliterated some incredibly bad habits and picked up some new ones.
1. Portioning Out Food For The Week
I don’t do this nearly well enough yet, but I’ve come a long way from buying my lunch at the cafeteria at work every day. Now, I go grocery shopping every other Sunday and stock up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, and lean protein. I cook a massive dinner for myself Sunday night and portion it out into tupperware to last through (at least) Wednesday. I’m one of those people who will make the worst food decision when presented with that option, so taking away the option has helped me thoroughly.
2. Eating Breakfast Daily
I’ve never been a breakfast person, but since I’ve started incorporating oatmeal or greek yogurt with fruit into my daily intake as soon as I get to work in the morning, I’ve found I have more energy, I don’t feel the need to snack mindlessly, and I’ve lost more weight.
3. Getting More Sleep
I have always been a bad sleeper, and being tired affects me more than anything else. I made a rule that my light has to be out by 11:30PM on work nights to ensure at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I’ve been moderately successful (unfortunately I have dogs who didn’t get the memo that I needed to sleep more), but ultimately I’ve been able to do it and be way more productive during my waking hours.
4. Being Adventurous At The Gym
It may not have been the wisest person who said “stick to what you know.” When it comes to fitness, at least, I’ve found that trying something new and different in the gym every week has made it more exciting. When I began this journey, I was too nervous to go into the weight room and free weights scared the hell out me. Sunday, I walked into the weight room like I owned the place and did my first sets of deadlifts. Trying something that previously intimated me has given me a unique sense of pride and accomplishment I didn’t know I’d feel.
5. Not Feeling Guilty About A Splurge
It’s never healthy to feel guilt about eating something. I’m the worst culprit of this. I don’t give myself a “cheat day” or anything like that, but I keep reminding myself that everything is okay to eat in moderation. If I want a drink at a bar, I should get it, as long as that one drink doesn’t turn into five drinks, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. Same goes for dessert or a meal out. Just like I don’t feel guilty when I splurge on a purchase for myself, I shouldn’t feel guilty when I splurge on something food oriented either.
I haven’t accomplished all of my goals, but it’s only half way through the month, and I’m confident that I can make the rest of them happen. Look what I’ve done already, right?