The 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?