Raise your hand if… your belly was full of cheesy dips, meaty finger foods, and delicious beer by the start of the Super Bowl fourth quarter. Yep, you too? Okay, good—I’m not the only one. Raise your hand if you wanted to pull your hair out during that fourth quarter…! The entire country except Boston? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Damn you, Tom Brady…
I told myself I wouldn’t do two goals posts in a row because how dare such a thing happen in blog land. Then I remembered this is my space and, as Eric Cartman articulately puts it, I do what I want.
On a more serious note, let’s talk about establishing healthy habits. Because if you ate like I did on Super Bowl Sunday, or are also startled that we’re coming up on mid-February, then we’re on the same page here. Before the holidays waaay back in October, I was inspired by Instagrammer-gone-viral Haley Smith to create weekly goals to build—and stick to—healthy habits. I did really well with integrating these habits into daily life for three whole weeks (hah, I know right?), and was already amazed at the results. I quickly felt more energetic, stronger, and happier—not to mention, the pounds were falling off.
So what happened?
The usual excuses. Travel, holidays, busy work schedule, cold weather. Next thing I know, it’s four months later and I can’t fit into half my wardrobe. (How embarrassing that I’m not exaggerating or joking.)
It’s time to re-establish those healthy habits by starting back at square one. This week I’m committing to three simple goals and I’m determined to achieve each one every day. The first week is always the hardest!
Week One: Lifestyle Goal
Drink 72oz of water daily.
I have a nifty green water bottle that holds 24oz, so if I commit to polishing off three of these a day, there’s the 72oz! One in the morning, one in the afternoon, one in the evening. When it’s broken up into those segments, 72oz doesn’t seem so daunting.
Week One: Diet Goal
Stop eating after 8pm, no exceptions.
I love late-night snacks and may even be guilty of eating leftovers at 10pm. However, this is so unhealthy and I wake up the next morning feeling sluggish and straight up yucky. I’m usually not hungry when I eat after dinner anyway—it’s just something to do. As a substitute, I can make herbal tea to sip on, or listen to my boyfriend when he says I shouldn’t make that 9pm meal because I’ll regret it in the morning.
Week One: Exercise Goal
Take 8,000 steps a day.
Yes, I’m a Fitbit fan and downgraded the standard goal of 10,000 steps to 8,000. Seemed totally doable, right? Except I have a desk job, the weather has been too cold and rainy to go for a lengthy walk with Ollie the Dog, and who has the time or money to go to the gym? Not someone with a ton of excuses. I average about 6,000 steps a day—it is absolutely doable to step that number up to 8,000. (Get it, step it up? Ahaha, I laugh at my own puns…)
Confession time: I successfully completed each of these three goals yesterday (Day One), but only because I walked around the house and jogged in place for 4,000 steps while sucking down two green bottles of water. Turns out, I was so preoccupied with finishing those two tasks that I forgot to crave my after-8pm snack. So… win?
Feeling motivated too? Check out this Health + Fitness pin board!