Even though I’m super uncompetitive, I like to take on challenges. #12months12halfs is one example – I challenged myself to run a half marathon every month in 2014 and even though I’m skipping out on April (and maybe May? maybe?), I’m still super pumped about trying to get in as many half marathons as possible (3 done, 4 more currently scheduled – and my ‘c goal’ was to do 6) (My ‘a goal’ was 12, ‘b goal is 9’).
Incorporating strength training (and eventually yoga when my life is a little less hectic and I have more time during the day from my decreased commute time…) is another challenge. I’m aiming to do a rotation of weights 2x a week that takes about 30 minutes to complete. Nothing crazy, totally do-able, and if I miss a day or do less reps, I know it’s not the end of the world.
My eating though… that’s a whole other story. Some people know that I joined WW a few years ago and lost approximately 25 pounds. I hit my goal weight last winter (so, more than a year ago) and pretty much immediately gained back a couple of those pounds and stayed there until I lost them in time for my bffaeaetddup’s wedding in September. But, since then, they’ve come back… and brought some friends. My clothes don’t fit right, I don’t feel right, and I know I need to make some serious changes to my eating if I want to get back to that goal.
I’m sure it would help if I started going back to WW meetings, but that’s not enough. I still track fairly regularly, but could do better. I eat mostly natural, unprocessed foods, but still have those cravings for sweets. With these things in mind, I’m setting up some food-related challenges for myself:
1. Peanut Butter Runner started a green smoothie challenge for the month of April that I’m participating in because I love having a green smoothie for breakfast during the work week. Filled with spinach/kale, fruits, almond milk, and other goodies, these smoothies are delicious and full of good things. My personal goal for this challenge is to incorporate smoothies into my weekends – the days I struggle with most because all I want to do is have elaborate brunches that involve eggs, potatoes, toast, AND pancakes. Brunch will obviously still have to happen, but incorporating a green smoothie will hopefully encourage me to make better choices throughout the day.
2. No more Splenda and other artificial or refined sugars. Confession: I have a Splenda problem – I put two in my tea and then two in my coffee – and it’s got to stop. Let’s call this a Splenda detox. I’ll have to look into natural substitutes (honey? agave? Give me your suggestions!) since I’m not sure I’m capable of drinking my coffee black. Also, I’ll have to bring my own dairy into the office so that I don’t just automatically grab the sweetened creamers that are readily available.
3. No more after dinner snacking. I bought some Sweet Mint Chamomile Tea that is DELICIOUS and I am going to work on drinking that at night when I feel the need to munch (rather than pull out the chocolate graham crackers and peanut butter… which I may have done earlier this week. #sorrynotsorry it was delicious, even though I know it wasn’t necessarily the best choice… and it’s now a choice I’m going to try and avoid).
I have 5 weddings, 4-7 more half marathons, and some amazing vacations planned for this year – and I want to look and feel my best for them. I’m on track for living an active life, I just need to get better about my food life. Since I’m really good during the work day, my new challenge for April is to find ways to be better at night and during the weekends, too. Ready… set… GO!
What do you struggle with that’s food and/or eating-related? Do you have any suggestions on alternative, natural, and healthy sweeteners? Thanks for your feedback!