So… goals. I’ve shared a lot about mine over the past month. (Here and here, if you missed it.) Today I’m going to get down and dirty and tell you more of the specifics that I’m working on. These goals are evolving and flexible; I am trying to give myself something realistic and actionable. Most of these have been informally in my brain for a long time, but thanks to you, I am going to take the big step of putting them down on paper, so to speak.
Karen’s “Very Specific, Healthy Living, Because You Asked Me” Goals, in no particular order:
- Eat more vegetables. The old me might have gone days with none, so for the new me, I consider at least one serving a day to be an improvement. I am shooting for 2-4 servings.
- Focus on lean protein. The old me could have eaten carbs, glorious carbs, bread and pancakes and pasta and the like, and nary a protein to be seen. I am trying to have some protein at pretty much every meal. And I try to choose healthier options most of the time.
- Drink more water or water equivalent beverages. At meals I am a water drinker but I am not one to sip during the day. I am making a conscious effort to up my intake. How much depends on my day, because, as you all know, drinking more means peeing more and sometimes that just isn’t convenient. Right now, my hot decaf teas are making this goal very doable.
- Don’t eat when I’m not hungry. Yep, this is a double negative. A reader asked me about that the last time I mentioned it, realizing how precise I usually am with my words. It is intentional wording: I would like to NOT eat if I am NOT physically hungry. This is probably the number one hardest goal for me and my major stumbling block.
- Cut back on snacking. I almost didn’t include this as its own goal because if I didn’t eat when I wasn’t hungry, snacking wouldn’t be an issue. Pretty much all my overeating is snacks, not meals. But this is a biggie so probably warrants its own mention.
- Limit refined carbs and sugars. This means choosing whole grains and no junk foods. My goal is to cut them from my daily eating, allowing some moderation for eating out, for example, if I choose.
- Get control of social eating. Oh baby, this would be a big one for me if it happened more often! I want to be able to eat moderately in social settings and not pre-cheat or go on a huge bender after the event. This includes not overeating during the happening itself.
- Cut back on sodium. I do not add salt to any foods (with the one exception of the rare boiled egg), but I get a lot of sodium in processed foods I eat, like cheeses. So I am trying to make better choices.
- Abstain from trigger/red-light foods. I’m not sure if this is a short-term or long-term goal. For now, I know I do best when I just don’t eat certain things. Cracker crack. Peanut butter. Bagels. Sigh.
- Track what I eat. This is a new one. Not sure how long I’ll do it. As long as it works and I “need” it, I guess. And, as I mentioned last week, I am also paying attention to calories.
As for non-eating related goals – yes, I have some of those too. But this post is long enough already. And I can’t work on my exercise goals yet (since I am still officially recovering from my hernia surgery), but soon. So, those will wait for another day and another post.