Resolution Success!

fingerThe biggest New Year’s resolution I have is to get healthy. Well, let me get specific (thanks Jan!). I have three daily goals:

1. Eat 35 grams of fiber every day
2. Drink 2 liters of water every day
3. Go for a walk every day

I have a basic knowledge of what foods are high in fiber and I plan my shopping for my breakfasts and lunches around that. I keep a fiber chart handy at work (which is where I wind up doing most of my eating). When I get to work, I write all the foods I brought down on a sticky note with the grams of fiber listed next to each. I make sure it adds up to at least 30 grams (I figure I’ll get the last 5 grams with dinner). If it doesn’t, I write down how many fiber capsules I need to take by the end of the day to reach 30 grams. As I eat each thing on my list, I cross it off.

I’ve found when I focus on fiber intake rather than calories, I naturally go for the low fat low sugar foods. That way I’m focusing on what I do get (fiber) rather that what I can’t have (yummy fat and sugar). The positive thinking helps me stay on track.

I’ve downloaded the Yahoo Widget Engine onto my desktop because it has this handy little gadget called “StringAroundYourFinger”. It’s a big red dot that you can schedule to pop up on your desktop at regular intervals. I have it pop up every hour. Then I go into the break room where I keep a 6 ounce cup next to the water cooler and I chug one down. This seems to be the only way I can make myself drink enough water (blech), but its working!

Now the walks are a little more difficult. I figure as I get the diet part down I’ll feel better and have more energy. Then I can increase this last one. But for now, my wonderful husband has committed to getting up with me in the mornings so we can take our dog for a walk. We have a regular route that’s about a half mile. We walk him again in the evening after dinner. I can’t wait till summer when we can start taking walks around the lake again. :)

Since I’ve broken this down into doable steps, I’ve been successful and it makes me feel really good.

What resolutions have you had success with so far?

4 thoughts on “Resolution Success!

  • January 19 2008 at 9:17 pm
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    I've been able to keep my goal of drinking 100oz of water a day almost effortlessly for going on four years now.

    I bought three 32oz Nalgene bottles, fill them each night, and stick them in the fridge. When I wake up, I grab the first bottle and keep it with me all day. I'm still amazed by how much water I'll drink when I'm reading an article or listening on a phone call and not even notice it. I also never have to measure how much I'm drinking, because all I have to do is finish drinking the three bottles.

  • January 20 2008 at 4:33 am
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    Eva, I'm so proud of you! I also have a health chart on my site here
    http://takechargesolutions.org/downloads.html so you can track water, veggies, and so on for the entire month.

    I don't make resolutions but I do set goals – in fact, I'm writing a post on that for this blog in a few hours :)

  • January 21 2008 at 6:56 am
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    Great ideas to stay on track. I think I heard somewhere that you are supposed to walk 10,000 steps a day. So, you need to get a pedometer to go with the treadmill.
    Thanks, Cathy

  • January 21 2008 at 9:02 am
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    I'm so glad the bottles work for you Marina. I wish I could do it that way. I wasn't able to keep up with that one simply because I don't really like water (especially room temp). It's easier to force myself to down a measured amount of cold water.

    You have some good freebies at that link Marcia. I think I'll try the menu planner next now that I'm cooking for our elderly neighbor.

    I just happened to get a free pedometer in the mail Cathy. :)

    Thanks to all of you for the comments!

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