I realized this morning that I’m less than 12 weeks away from my 29th birthday. This year has been full of changes and transitions. Some have been for the best, but not all. And some changes haven’t stuck. While I’ve learned a lot about diet and nutrition, my insecurities and tendencies stay with me like the 800-pound gorilla in the room.
With all the changes that have happened in the past month, I’ve noticed some of my old habits creeping back into my life. Restriction, mindless snacking, too much exercise, too little, etc. One thing I’ve learned this year is how to deal healthily with stress and how to recognize my own signals of stress. Instead of falling back into my old ways, I’m taking the next 11 weeks to prepare myself for my best year yet. I hope you’ll join me in my goals!
1. Maintain my food journal – This has been so critical for me in keeping perspective about my healthy (and unhealthy) food decisions.
2. Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks every day – I will make sure every single meal and snack is substantial enough to sustain me until the next time I eat. Eating meals that are too small only sets me up for disaster. I’ve been down that road before and I’m not going back. While I’m not going to track exact calories, I’m going to keep my meals in the 400-500 calorie ballpark and snacks around 200-250.
3. Load up on healthy fats and proteins. I’ve been sticking to my primarily vegetarian diet and felt great, but I plan to up my intake of good fats and proteins to make sure I’m being satisfied by my meals. Carb-heavy meals make me crave carbs and I tend to reach for cereal, chips and candy when that happens. I’m thinking you’ll see a lot of my salsa-mole and probably several recipes from Gena!
4. Exercise 4-6 days/week. I’m not going to force myself to do any specific exercise, but I’m going to do something most days of the week. Sometimes, I’ll just walk to and from work. Other times, I’ll go for a run or take yoga or do an exercise DVD.
I realize none of these goals are particularly lofty, but I think it’s important to put these out into the world. My intention is to reach for these goals every day between now and my birthday and to celebrate the beginning of my 29th year with glowing skin, a healthy body and a clear mind!
What was your favorite year so far?