Thanks to my dear friend SWEETNSKINNY for the reminder to actually write an update. I swear, I have the best intentions to blog every day but I am not that great of a writer and tend to enjoy reading other people's blogs more than writing them! (I'm really lucky to have some very prolific writing friends on SP - you guys know who you are and you all keep me so motivated through your almost daily updates to keep at my goals. )
That being said, I have been thinking about some November goals and I really want this month to be a great start to a healthy holiday season.
It's getting close to the end of 2010 and I have about 10 lbs to go to get to goal. I am going to be diligent with my food and exercise and maybe I will be able to make it by the New Year!
To hit goal by the end of the year, I need to be diligent about sticking to my calories. 1250-1550 per day period. I need to learn to say no to snacks and treats again or to just stop eating when I hit my calories for the day! Earlier in the year, January - March, I barely went over my calories once and had plenty of days at the lower end of my range. I need to get back in that mindset because that was when I had my biggest weight loss.
My biggest challenges this month will be Thanksgiving and the days we are flying back and forth to Texas where my boyfriend's family lives.
First, I have to plan my calories the week of Thanksgiving to be a little on the low end all the other days of the week so I do not have to be too weird on Thanksgiving. It can't be a free for all and no second helpings of dessert, but they already have to make some special allowances for me because of my religious dietary restrictions and I want to be able to eat the food they make for me!
Additionally, for some reason I have the worst eating habits on airplanes...seriously, they're terrible. I don't know why but I am always so tempted by the terrible air plane food and will end up eating the awful cheese pizza or whatever other fatty salty junk they put in front of me even when I bring snacks like almonds and string cheese. What I really need to do is just pack my own meal. As my first option I am going to bring a smoked turkey sandwich - I usually prefer just the low sodium turkey breast but smoked turkey can stay out of the refrigerator and still be good to eat longer. If the TSA makes me throw out my food (which I have had them do!) there is an Au Bon Pain at the airport and what I am planning to do is get there early enough to buy a couple of pieces of fruit and a sandwich if needed.
Finally, we still have a bunch of Halloween candy left in our apartment. Tonight, I am getting home, putting it in a plastic bag and bringing it to work tomorrow in case other people want to eat some. If they don't, it's going in the trash Friday afternoon!
I have decided to up my exercise minutes to 400 per week for November. I have been running a few miles per day about 3x per week and I want to keep up with that. I am also doing P90X videos for lifting and cross training on non-running days. But the biggest advantage to increasing my fitness to 400 minutes per week is that this will encourage me to find those small opportunities for exercise.
Things like taking an extra walk around the parking lot at work, walking up the stairs to get to a meeting, taking a walk during my lunch break. I think such a big part of being fit and healthy is being more active in every day life and not just pushing yourself to extremes when you are in the gym.
Oh water you are always such a challenge. I just can not get into drinking plain water outside of my workouts. I have found some green tea varieties that I like and some drink mixes flavored with truvia and natural lemons (True Lemonade - it's awesome!) so I am hoping this will help me beat my typical inability to drink enough water. Wish me luck on my 8 glasses per day!
The holiday season can be such a challenge, but I just know that if I set my goals, log into SP every day that I can, track my food and keep myself accountable, it is possible to make progress even during this time of year!