Hello there people! How is your Sunday going?
Workout: Insanity Pure Cardio + Abs
Today has been a day full of a whole lot of nothing. I’m not feeling well whatsoever, so I’m just trying to rest up as much as possible in anticipation of a long night at work tonight.
I don’t know about you guys, but with rest often comes a ton of thinking… And I have certainly been thinking about a lot today.
I have a lot to work on in my life. In fact, this blog has become a means of chronicling my own journey in doing just that. I have a lot of healing to do, both mentally and physically. I have a lot of growing to do. I have a lot of self-discovery to do.
I have been in a truly horrible place for so long and I have only just recently began thawing. It’s been a slow process, and unfortunately it seems that for every step forward I take in healing, I take 5 steps backwards.
So it’s time to accept the fact that what I have been doing, or not doing, hasn’t been working… And it’s time to move forward.
I think that something I do, and that a lot of us do, is set huge long term goals and leave it at that.
I am going to get healthy.
I am going to lose xx pounds.
I am going to get a good job.
I am going to get a 4.o in school.
The problem with these type of goals is that that they are so broad that they often leave the goal setter feeling less inspired and more overwhelmed.
In my exercise science class, we learned about a type of goal setting called the SMART model.
Goals should be:
Now, we were learning about this specific way of goal setting in regards to fitness and weight loss, but it can easily be applied to any and every goal that one sets for themselves.
And this SMART model of goal setting is definitely, dare I say, smart.
Here’s an example of how this model would be used (this isn’t a goal of mine… just one that I made up).
Broad goal – To lose weight.
Specific – I want to lose 20 pounds
Measurable – Weigh ins and measurements taken weekly
Achievable – Losing 20 pounds at a steady pace of 1-2 pounds per week. (What you wouldn’t want is to set a goal of losing 20 pounds in a month…)
Realistic – Pretty much the same as Achievable
Time Based – Lose 20 pounds in the next 4-5 months.
Braking up a huge goal into smaller, more manageable mini-goals makes the goal less overwhelming. It’s like when your room is a complete mess, so you decide that one day you will clean out the closet, then your drawers the next day, and so on and so forth.
That being said, part 1 of what I have dubbed Operation Makeover My Life, is setting weekly goals!
I always psych myself out when it comes to setting weekly goals because all I can think of is, “What if I fail at accomplishing all of my goals and then am a pathetic failure because I can’t do anything right?”
Is this a tad overdramatic? Why yes.
First thing to write down for yesterday’s challenge –
I will fail at accomplishing all that I set out to do this week. I will accomplish my goals for the week… And if not, that is ok. There is always next week. I will be kinder to myself.
So here are a couple of my goals for the week:
1. Drink green tea!
I have actually already started on this one! I’m enjoying a cup of green tea with lemon while I am writing this!
Green tea is something that I used to enjoy daily, and I have to say that I actually felt better when I did. Green tea has such a huge amount of health benefits, curbs the appetite, helps control sugar cravings, and helps stimulate the metabolism. It’s also very hydrating.
It seems simple and silly, but as part of bettering my health and body, incorporating a cup or two of green tea into my daily routine seems like as good of a place as any to start!
I also want to work on getting my hands of some matcha (it’s just so darn expensive) for even more health benefits!
2. Reduce my intake of processed carbohydrates.
We all know how I feel about my (grotesquely large) “snack” plates as meals.
See all those pretzels and rice snaps? Now, there is nothing wrong with enjoying some pretzels now and again. I know that a lot of people look at carbohydrates and breads as the devil… But the way I see it is that if pretzels are the most unhealthy thing that I am eating, then I don’t exactly see it as the worst thing in the world.
What makes my pretzel habit problematic is that they seem to make up almost half of my total intake for the day… I include them in my lunches, and often my dinners since I often have snack plates for dinners as well. Along with incorporating them into meals, I also snack on them throughout the day.
I just don’t feel comfortable with the percentage of my total intake coming from these types of foods or with the lack of nutritional value that these foods offer.
And this leads me to my next goal.
4. Eat more protein!
I seem to have fallen out of incorporating lean protein sources into any of my meals… I maybe have something like tuna or chicken breast of fish twice a week… And that is certainly not ideal. Funny thing is, I know that part of my aversion to protein sources is my stupid fear of calories… I feel like if I am going to intake x amount of calories, I would rather get them from something that I enjoy more (hello pretzels).. Which is dumb.
Protein has a thermogenic effect on the body, so incorporating more protein into my diet would actually encourage a higher metabolic rate after meal time which would encourage a leaner physique.
and that brings me to my final goal for the week…
5. Normalize my meals.
One cannot and should not live on acai bowls, snack plates, and pretzels alone… I strongly believe that if I started eating more normal meals, my issues with constant grazing and high intake of low fiber carbohydrates would greatly lessen.
Then maybe I would feel better about myself and less bad about my diet and eating habits.
Small steps. Small steps.
Here’s to a good week!
What are your goals for the week?
What is your biggest dietary downfall?