Our holiday break is over. Read how we spent our breaks here.
New Year’s day I (Tracy) relaxed. Friday I shopped for my menu plan and picked up the house. Friday afternoon my husband’s sister and family came in town for the weekend. We all had fun playing Spades and Ping Pong. Does anyone else play Around the World – a game where several people play ping pong while running around the ping pong table. It is so much fun for all ages.
My month focusing on eating healthy officially began on Monday, January 5th.
I am really looking forward to 2015: A More Intentional Year, One Month at a Time. I’m excited that it is little chunks of time to focus on ONE topic…30 days. Little goals. Limited time to get them done = a deadline. An end…or possibly a new beginning of habits changed, routines started.
To be honest, I don’t like setting goals.
My husband thinks I love them.
But, thinking long term, 1 year, 5 year, 10 year goals seem so HUGE. I am happy now just the way things are and am not motivated to make any big changes.
That is why this one month at a time thing is exciting. Little goals. Little projects.
Here is my plan:
Each month I am going to make a list of things I want to do. I guess you’d call them goals. Then, each week during the month I will post my updates, pictures, successes, failures, changes, etc.
Here is my list for this month, January – Eating Healthy.
1. Read ONE book.
I have seen the book Nourishing Traditions mentioned so many times and really want to read it. Healthy food bloggers have said it changed their lives.
2. Plan my menu.
I am good at a very loose version of this occasionally. Before I go to the grocery store I usually think of 4 – 6 meals that we’ll need ingredients for. I want to be more consistent.
3. Keep track of my grocery spending.
I have no idea what I spend on groceries. I hate using coupons. I love to try new recipes that require me to buy all kinds of food, some expensive. I’d like to start tracking this and develop a food budget.
4. Keep a food diary.
During our interview with Peter Walsh he said, “Show me the piece of paper that has your meal plan written on it and your fitness plan on it. If you don’t have that, come back when you’re serious.”
“People who keep a food diary lose twice as much weight as those who don’t, according to a 2008 study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.” (source)
If you are trying to lose weight, figure out how foods make you feel or want to be more aware of your food choices keeping a food journal can help. Here are some tips:
- Use pen and paper OR your smart phone.
- Include quantities
- Take note of how you feel before you eat (stressed, bored, famished, headache, tired)
- Take note of how you feel after you eat (stuffed, comfortable, happy, sluggish)
- Include beverages you drink
- Include physical activity (did you workout, sit most of the day, take a walk)
- Analyze your food patterns
I’m using the desk calendar at my desk as my food journal and then my smart phone notes for back up if I am away from home. My goal with my food journal is to be more aware of my food choices. I want to make healthier choices. So often I’ll eat mindlessly.
5. Try new things:
- Make homemade corn tortillas
- Make homemade pita bread
- Make beans (in a pot on the stove)
- Activate a sourdough starter
- Make bread with my new sourdough starter
- Make homemade yogurt
- Boil chicken bones to make broth/stock
6. Drink water (64 oz per day)
I am terrible at drinking water. Occasionally I’ll make this and usually drink 32 oz in a day but otherwise I probably only drink about 16 oz of water a day. Maybe.
My plan, which I learned from my 9Round Nutrition emails, is to drink one glass (mine is 16 oz) of water upon waking and before each meal.
Are you making any lists of things you’d like to do this month around our topic – eating healthy?
If not, please join us. List one thing in the comments you’d like to do in January to eat healthier!
Next Tuesday I will report on how I am doing, my food diary, drinking water habits, thoughts on the book, etc. I’ll be including pictures, too.
Just so you know I woke up Monday morning and did NOT drink my glass of water upon waking! Never once thought about it. I had read somewhere that making habits and routines is the key. I want to wake up in the morning and so routinenly go to drink the glass of water that I don’t even think about it! That is my goal…to make this water drinking thing a routine in my day.
Tuesday morning I did remember to drink it. I thought it might be sloshing around in my stomach while I worked out (because I head straight to 9Round upon rising) but it didn’t slosh at all. My water-deprived body probably soaked it all in immediately.
My first glass of water for my new water-drinking habit…That’s why drinking a glass of water made me HAPPY!! One little mini goal started with one glass of water!!